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Pac 12 Preview and Predictions Week 9

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All 12 teams will be playing this Saturday, and as the season marches towards bowl season you can expect to see the intensity and quality of the football games pick up. Right now only Oregon, OSU, and USC are bowl eligible. There is a good chance two of these teams could end up in BCS bowls.

Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona State are all 5-2 and 1 game away from bowl eligibility, while Arizona (4-3) could still get to a bowl game with relative ease. Washington (3-5) and Utah (2-5) both have five losses, but their schedules have plenty of winnable games at the end of the year and they could still go bowling if they play hard.

Washington State, Cal, and Colorado have no chance of making it into a bowl game (Cal is 3-5 but they have to play both Oregon teams still, and they aren’t pulling any upsets). These teams will either implode or try and build momentum for next season with an upset or two.

My predictions record
Last week 4-1
Season 33-14 (starting week 2 without Utah vs. Utah State)

Ted Miller’s (ESPN) Record
Last Week 4-1
Season 34-13 (starting week 2 without Utah vs. Utah State)

Oregon 75 Colorado 6
I feel sorry for the Buffaloes. First USC at The Coliseum and now the Ducks at Autzen. Last week we saw Mariota run wild against ASU, but I don’t think Chip will want Mariota to risk his body against the lowly Buffs. This week Brian Bennett will finally put some scores up when he plays cleanup, after all, he led the Ducks to a blowout victory in Boulder last year.

 

Oregon State 45 Washington 27
In 2000 the Beavers’ only loss was a road game against the Huskies. It’s hard to believe that the Huskies could win this game, though. Although Washington plays much better football at home, the Beavers are a much better team than Washington. Period. The Beavs have proved themselves on the road at Arizona and BYU, and their offense is firing on all cylinders. The Huskies don’t stand a chance.

 

Arizona State 28 UCLA 24
This game is more important for ASU to win than UCLA. Last year, after getting beasted by the Ducks, ASU beat Colorado then lost the rest of their games. How will they react to last week’s humiliating loss to the Ducks? UCLA is a formidable foe who needs this win to make bowl eligibility. I expect Todd Graham to have his team ready for the Bruins, and the home field advantage will carry the Sun Devils to victory.

 

Arizona 38 USC 35
Can you say trap game? Next week is that showdown we’ve all been waiting for between the Ducks and the Trojans. The Trojans are coming off an easy win against the soft and cuddly Buffaloes. This week the Trojans travel to Tuscon to play the Wildcats. Did I mention the Trojans don’t look so great on the road? Although the Wildcats are 4-3, two of those losses came down to the wire against OSU and Stanford. Arizona leads the Pac-12 in total offense and Matt Scott is looking great at QB. I’m calling the upset.

 

Utah 35 Cal 27
Utah hosts the Cal Bears this weekend, who have been inconsistent all year. Who will show up? The Cal team that destroyed UCLA and nearly beat Ohio State, or the one that got beat up by Stanford? I like Utah in this game. Last week they had more offense than the Beavers, but they killed themselves with turnovers. Cal’s defense is nothing like OSU’s and I expect Utah to play much better this week.

 

Stanford 38 Washington State 10
It’s safe to say that Wazzu has no hope in this game. Stanford has played very well since losing to Washington (no shame in losing at Notre Dame). Josh Nunes is developing as a quarterback and the defense is stout. As for Wazzu there isn’t much good to say about them. They haven’t won a game since they beat a 1-win UNLV team. I’m sure coach Leach is excited for his senior class to graduate and shew them out of the locker room. Rebuilding WSU’s program has proven to be a formidable challenge. Stanford wins easily.

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