This week the Pac-12 has a lot to prove in their non-conference games. Last week they went 8-3 but most of those were cupcakes. This week is the real test as the Pac-12 plays 4 Top-25 teams. Utah already played Utah State and lost in overtime 20-27. With Utah’s loss accounted for, I have the Pac-12 going 8-4 this week. Maybe my enthusiasm for PAC-12 football has clouded my judgement. Only time will tell.
Colorado 35 Sac State 17
The Buffaloes are bad. They’ll get their first win over FCS Sacramento State; however they better cherish the feeling because they might not have another win for a long time.
Oregon 70 Fresno State 30
Last week we saw the Ducks score 50 on the Red Wolves before the first half ended. Because Fresno State is a better team I expect Chip Kelley to keep the starters on the field longer,and that means more magic from Black Mamba and company.
Oregon State 28 Wisconsin 27
This is a long shot, but I can see it happening. It took 4 quarters for Wisconsin to put Northern Iowa away and the Beavs are a better team. The Beavers will enter this game hungry to play (after having their opener postponed) and hungry for revenge after last years humiliation at Camp Randall. Sean Mannion is a competent quarterback who will lead the Beavers to Victory.
LSU 40 Washington 20
I think LSU is overrated but they’re still a great team. The huskies have a chance to pull off an upset but it’s very slim; however, LSU will prevail. They will need superhuman performances from both QB Keith Price and WR Kasen Williams to keep this game within sight of winning.
Washington State 38 Eastern Washington 34
This game will be tough. FCS Eastern Washington destroyed FBS Idaho last week while the Cougars moped about their performance on the sidelines against BYU. Mike Leach is a great coach and he will have his team ready for EWU.
Cal 60 Southern Utah 3
I think Cal will come out swinging after last weeks tough loss to Nevada. Last week SUU lost to Utah State 43-3. QB Zach Maynard showed flashes of brilliance last year and this game is just what he needs to get his offense moving. This game should also provide monster TE Richard Rodgers to get comfortable playing college football.
Duke 31 Stanford 30
Unfortunately for Stanford the Slogan, “Who Needs Luck When You’re a Duck” doesn’t apply to them. The departure of Luck and Jim Harbaugh appears to have taken a toll on this team. Stanford will face a confident Duke team whose riding high off their lopsided victory (49-26) over Florida International. This will be a close game, but in the end Duke will prevail.
Arizona 42 Oklahoma State 37
Every week the Wildcats will look more comfortable as they adapt to Rich Rod’s spread offense. Last week they beat Toledo in OT, and QB Matt Scott played well. It’s hard gauge how good OK State really is. Last week they beat FCS Savannah State 84-0. Freshman QB Wes Lunt was 11-for-11 passing in that game. He will find the Zona Zoo to be a tougher venue to have a perfect game in. The Arizona heat could also be a factor.
Arizona State 24 Illinois 17
Arizona State looks like a different team under coach Todd Graham. Marion Grice rushed for 107-yards and 3 TDs last week. Illinois will be tougher competition than last week’s but their starting QB Nathan Scheelhaase has a bum-ankle. This is a must win for Arizona State.
Nebraska 40 UCLA 35
UCLA looked great last week, but that was against the lowly Rice Owls. Brett Hundley was 21-of-28 passing for 202 yards and 2 TDs. Jonathan Franklin rushed for 214 yards and 3 TDs. Nebraska’s defense will be a lot tougher than Rice’s. QB Tyler Martinez of Nebraska had a career game last week and the rest of the Big Red looked great too. Can UCLA perform the same they did last week? Doubt it.
USC 60 Syracuse 30
The Matt Barkley show continues. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Trojans score more than 60. Last week Syracuse gave up 42 points to Northwestern. Syracuse has a great passing game but it’s nothing compared to USC’s, so they won’t be able to keep up. USC wins easily.