COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season through Nov. 19. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/MT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconferences:
Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST) 10:00 a.m. John Mackovic - Arizona 10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 10:20 a.m. Dennis Erickson - Oregon State 10:30 a.m. Bob Toledo - UCLA 10:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC 10:50 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m. Mike Price - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m. Rick Neuheisel - WashingtonPAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sep. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. Check local listings for the station in your area.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Aug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette,
Sep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASU
Sep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CAL
Sep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CAL
Sep. 28 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Omar Nazel, DE, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USC
Oct. 5 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Marcus Reese, MLB, UCLA Drew Dunning, PK, WSU
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 12:
OREGON STATE (4-2) at ARIZONA STATE (4-2) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon State have met 28 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 20-7-1. ASU has owned the series of late, winning the last six and nine of the last 10. In 18 games at Tempe, ASU leads 15-3 and has won the last 14 straight. The last Oregon State victory at Tempe came in 1969, back before ASU was a member of the Pac-10. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon State met at Tempe and the Sun Devils broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and won 41-24 to give coach Dirk Koetter his first Pac-10 win. OSU led 24-20 entering the fourth quarter, but ASU, aided by some good special teams play, scored three TDs in an eight-minute span to salt away the win. The Devils had 522 yards total offense, including 314 yards rushing, as TB Delvon Flowers rushed for a career-high 226 yards. ASU All-Pac-10 WR Shaun McDonald had five catches for 123 yards (24.6), including a 63-yard TD reception. OSU counterpart FL James Newson had eight receptions for 123 yards and one TD.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 10 games - Oregon Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - Oregon Longest home winning streak - 6 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 6 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 stands at 29-10 (.744) against non-conference foes, including a 24-10 (.706) against Division I-A opponents. Of the 10 losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, six were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. The 29 non-conference wins is the most since the league went 29-7 in 1988. Only one regular-season non-conference game remains--the Notre Dame at USC traditional at Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
CONFERENCE RACE: Now that Pac-10 play has begun in earnest, it should be noted that in six seasons a team with two Conference losses has won the league title, most recently in 1993. It should also be noted that no team has ever won the Conference championship after starting out 0-2 in Conference play.
ARIZONA STATE: Junior WR Shaun McDonald has a string of three consecutive 100-yard receiving games going. McDonald went over the 2,000-yard receiving plateau last week vs. North Carolina (2,146). . . . QB Andrew Walter has consecutive 400-yard passing days the last two weeks. He went for a career-high 474 yards vs. North Carolina, following 414 yards against Stanford, for 888 aerial yards in two games. . . . One result of the above is the Devils have amassed 1,009 yards total offense the last two games. . . . ASU defense has 11 interceptions, surpassing the nine compiled all last year. Nine different players have recorded an interception. On the other side, Sun Devils have been picked off just four times. . . . DE Terrell Suggs leads the Pac-10 and the nation with 12 QB sacks for minus-71 yards. . . . ASU has forced 19 turnovers in last four games.
OREGON STATE: Soph QB Derek Anderson has a Pac-10-leading 17 TD passes, three short of the OSU single-season record (20 by Jonathan Smith in 2000). . . . TB Steven Jackson has the two longest runs in the league this year--80 yards against UCLA and 75 vs. Fresno State. . . . Beavers are outscoring opponents 68-13 in the first quarter. . . . OSU defense leads the Pac-10 with 12 interceptions. . . . Beavers lead Pac-10 in kickoff coverage. . . . LB Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.7 per game. . . . P Carl Tobey has boots of 63 and 58 yards the last two weeks.
THE QUARTERBACKS: Six Pac-10 quarterbacks rank in the national top 25 in passing efficiency--Andrew Walter, ASU (2), Jason Fife, Oregon (7), Kyle Matter, Stanford (11), Jason Gesser, WSU (19), Cody Pickett, Washington (22) and Cory Paus, UCLA (25). In team rankings, Oregon (9), California (12), Washington State (14), Washington (17), UCLA (19), Arizona State (23) and Oregon State (24) give the Pac-10 seven teams ranked in the national top 25 in passing efficiency.
"I've always felt this was a quarterback's league," said Mike Price, in his 14th year as head coach at Washington State. "Every year it's been that way. Every year it's been pass first and run second in this league."
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 19:
WASHINGTON at USC ARIZONA STATE at OREGON UCLA at CALIFORNIA ARIZONA at STANFORD OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE - open datesBASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS:
Women: Wed., Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., HP Pavilion at San Jose
Men: Wed., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport