Pac-12 Preview and Predictions Week 5
This week Arizona looks to rebound from an embarrassing loss while ASU, and Oregon State and Washington both try to establish themselves as legitimate Pac-12 North title contenders. Oregon and Stanford have already proved themselves as the best teams in the conference. Can Cal, Colorado and WSU get any more wins, or are their seasons over? The season is starting to look grim for these three teams.
Last week I had my first losing record, but I still have a 2-game lead on Ted Miller. I learned last week that Pac-12 play isn’t easy to predict.
My predictions record
Last weeks record 2-3
Season record 19-7 (beginning in week 2 without Utah vs Utah State)
Ted Miller’s (ESPN) Record
Last weeks record 3-2
Season record 17-9 (beginning in week 2 without Utah vs Utah State)
Stanford 35 Washington 21
Stanford travels to Seattle for their first road test against a Huskies team that is looking to build on last years momentum. The Huskies have struggled on offense this year and they rank 11th in yards per game in the Pac-12. If they want to pull off a win against a physical Stanford team Keith Price will have to make good decisions at quarterback. I expect the Cardinal to play hard as they continue their Pac-12 title hunt.
Oregon 45 Washington State 14
This will be Marcus Mariota’s first game in hostile territory. His nerves will be tested, but he will prevail. Last week the Cougars proved they haven’t really changed when they lost to the Buffaloes. It’s hard to imagine that Oregon’s defense will put on a performance like last week, but the Cougars sputtering offense shouldn’t give them too many problems.
Arizona State 30 Cal 28
Which Cal team will host ASU? The team that nearly upset Ohio State in The Horsehoe or the team that got wasted by the Trojans? Last week the Sun Devils destroyed the Utes and showed they have as good a chance of winning the Pac-12 south than any other team. I expect them to carry this momentum to Berkeley where the Bears are learning to cope with a multiple personality disorder. Even if the right Cal team shows up the Sun Devils are too good for the Bears to beat.
Arizona 35 Oregon State 30
I had a hard time trying to predict the outcome of this game. Oregon State’s run defense has stopped two of the nations best running backs in Montee Ball and Jonathan Franklin, but Arizona leads the Pac-12 in passing yards. How will the Beavs do against a pass heavy spread attack? Arizona is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Ducks, but they will have the Zona Zoo on their side when they host the Beavs. The Wildcats will also debut their copper helmets. Oregon State has been great so far, but they’re still Oregon State? Right? I’m banking on the Beavs being the Beavs and losing in a close matchup.
UCLA 50 Colorado 20
I was wrong about Colorado going 0-12. Just because they beat the Cougars on the road doesn’t mean they’ll win any more games. Colorado doesn’t have the defense to stop RB Jonathan Franklin and QB Brett Hundley. Colorado will be inspired after their first win of the season, but UCLA is too much for the woeful Buffaloes.
The Trojans play Utah in a Thursday night matchup next week.
Did Utah catch a disease from Cal? I think they may have contracted Cal’s multiple personality disorder.