No. 18 UCLA seeks 6-0 start against No. 11 Utah

By The Associated Press

To watch this week in the Pac-12 conference:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 11 Utah (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) at No. 18 UCLA (5-0, 2-0)

The Bruins have a chance to go 6-0 for the first time since 2005. It won’t be easy, though, as they’ve lost five straight at Utah. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is coming off a performance against No. 21 Washington (4-1, 1-1) in which he threw three touchdown passes and ran some for another. His big day in a 40-32 win earned him Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He’ll face a Utah defense led by cornerback Clark Phillips III, who had three interceptions, including one for a touchdown, in a 42-16 win over Oregon State. Phillips was named Defensive Player of the Week in the league. Utah is 66-22 when ranked in the AP poll under coach Kyle Whittingham.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Washington State (4-1, 1-1) at No. 6 USC (5-0, 3-0)

Southern California running back Travis Dye has five rushing touchdowns this season. He’s one of the main reasons the Trojans are averaging 42.2 points per game. Washington State is continuing its first 5-1 start since 2018. The Cougars beat California 28-9 last week behind play by Cameron Ward, who threw three touchdown passes. The Cougars have already beaten a Top 25 team on the road this season, knocking out No. 19 Wisconsin on Sept. 10.

IN THE NUMBERS

Washington State presents a roster of 23 players from Southern California. … Utah’s defense is allowing just 155.4 passing yards per game, which is ninth in the FBS. … The Bruins have won six straight home games since last season. The last time the team won more than six games in a row at home was in the 2005 and 2006 seasons, when they won 10 in a row. … Colorado has a week off before hosting California. This will be the first game under interim coach Mike Sanford, who succeeds Karl Dorrell. … The Trojans lead the nation with 12 interceptions. … Oregon State receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison has 16 catches for 251 yards and a score in his last three games. … Arizona had 673 yards in a 43-20 win over Colorado last weekend. Laura’s QB Jayden has career highs in passing yards (484) and touchdowns (six).

PLAYER TO WATCH

TJ Bass, Oregon. The left tackle helped the Ducks rush for 351 yards in a 45-27 win over Stanford. Their average of 9.5 yards per carry was the highest on the team since Game 1 of 2013 against Nicholls. For his efforts, Bass was the league’s offensive lineman of the week.

DISTURBED WATCH

Oregon State (3-2, 0-2) at Stanford (1-3, 0-3)

The Beavers enter as seven-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Stanford returns home for the first time in nearly a month after a bye and two road games. Last season, the Beavers snapped Stanford’s 11-game winning streak in the series. The Cardinal’s 59 wins over Oregon State are second among all opponents. They have 65 wins against California. Cardinals coach David Shaw is 10-1 against the Beavers. Oregon State’s last win at Stanford was in 2006.

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