Pac-12 Football Preview and Predictions: Week 4
Last week my predictions would have been perfect had Stanford not pulled off an improbable victory over USC. I’m not complaining, though, because as a Ducks fan it was a beautiful thing to see the Trojans exposed and beaten. Some people have been complaining that this takes the luster out of the November 3rd matchup between the Ducks and the Trojans at Memorial Coliseum, but this is a good thing. This makes Stanford the team for Oregon to beat, and they play at Autzen on November 17th, which gives people in Eugene a better chance of attending the game of the year. This also gives Oregon a better chance at hosting the Pac-12 championship game, which is hosted by the team with the best Pac-12 record.
My predictions record
Last week’s Record 9-1
Season Record: 17-4 (Beginning in week 2 without Utah vs Utah State)
ESPN’s Ted Miller’s Record
Last weeks record 7-3
Season Record 14-7 (Beginning in week 2 without Utah vs Utah State)
Oregon 53 Arizona 45
This game could possibly be the most exciting game played at Autzen this year. The Wildcats are averaging 46.3 PPG (points per game) and the Ducks are averaging 54 PPG. Both teams are led by spread option gurus. Arizona gains more yardage through the air, and the Ducks do most of their damage on the ground. Could this game be similar to the double over-time thriller in 2009? I hope so because that was one of the best games I’ve ever watched. In the end Black Mamba, and a more-experienced, more talented defense is what will propel the Ducks to victory.
Oregon State 27 UCLA 42
Oregon State turned in a great performance against Wisconsin, but the Beavers have only played one game and it’s hard to gauge how good they really are. Traveling to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA will tell us if the Beavs are back. The Bruins seem to get better with every contest, and RB Jonathan Franklin has turned into a legitimate Heisman contender (he leads the nation with 541 yards rushing through 3 games). I don’t see the Beavers stopping him or QB Brett Hundley.
The Cougars will have a chance to debug their new offense before they host Oregon. Don’t be surprised if Wazzu puts on a clinic. The Buffaloes will have a long road before head coach Jon Embree can have things back up and running.
Utah 28 Arizona State 23
I’m labeling this game “The Battle for the Middle of the Pac-12 South”. Neither of these teams look as good as Arizona, UCLA or USC, and I don’t see them overtaking any of these teams in the standings. They’ll have to duke it out in the desert to see who is the best mid-level team in the Pac-12 South. Utah has a better coach and they’re coming off a wild win against their in-state rivalry BYU. This game will be close but Utah’s momentum will carry them to victory.
Cal 22 USC 35
Cal seems to have turned a corner last week against Ohio State, but can they be consistent? History says no. They discovered amazing talent in Brendan Bigalow last week, and if they give him more touches they should be able to take some pressure off of Zach Maynard. But the Men of Troy will be out for revenge. I will be shocked (and elated) if Cal pulls off the upset.
The Cardinal are the only team in the Pac-12 to go 4-0 against a Matt Barkley led Trojans team.
U-Dub prepares for a red-hot Stanford team during bye week.