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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Rating the Pac-12 numerically . . .

1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0).

Stat-wise: Ducks lead Pac-12 in red-zone offense (88.6%) and red-zone defense (60%).

Next: At Arizona State Thursday, 6 p.m. (ESPN).

2. Oregon State (5-0, 3-0).

Stat-wise: Beavers lead league in run defense (70 ypg); last year they were 12th at 196.8.

Next: Utah, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2).

3. USC (5-1, 3-1)

Stat-wise: Amazingly, a Matt Barkley-led offense is last in third-down conversions (30.1%).

4. Arizona State (5-1, 3-0)

Stat-wise: Sun Devils tops in total defense (272.7) and scoring defense (14.2).

Next: Oregon, Thursday, 6 p.m. (ESPN).

5. Stanford (4-2, 2-1)

Stat-wise: Tied with OSU for tops in turnover margin (plus-6).

Next: At California, Saturday, noon, Fox.

6. UCLA (5-2, 2-2)

Stat-wise: Johnathan Franklin leads Pac-12 rushers with 878 yards, 6.8 average.

Next: At Arizona State Oct. 27.

7. Washington (3-3, 1-2)

Stat-wise: Huskies last in net punting (33.3).

Next: At Arizona, Saturday, Pac-12 Networks.

8. California (3-4, 2-2)

Stat-wise: Keenan Allen No. 1 in punt returns (13.1).

Next: Stanford, Saturday, noon, Fox.

9. Arizona (3-3, 0-3)

Stat-wise: ‘Cats, not Oregon, lead in total offense (553.8).

10. Utah (2-4, 0-3)

Stat-wise: 16.7 first downs a game lowest in the league.

Next: At Oregon State, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2).

11. Colorado (1-5, 1-2)

Stat-wise: Last-in-league scoring defense (41.3) just about the point spread this week.

Next: At USC, Saturday, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks.

12. Washington State (2-5, 0-4)

Stat-wise: Getting a mere 40.6 rushing yards a game, last by a mile.

Next: At Stanford Oct. 27.

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