Last week Oregon and UCLA showed the nation why the Pac-12 title game could be a thriller if these two teams win out and face each other at Autzen stadium in December.
UCLA, USC, Oregon State, and Stanford all have a shot at playing in the Rose Bowl.
Arizona, Washington, and Arizona State are all 5-4 and a win this weekend would send them to the postseason. The Utah Utes, sitting at 4-5, must win two of their last three games against Washington, Arizona, and Colorado if they want to go bowling.
My predictions record (records begin in week 2 after the Utah vs. Utah State game)
Last week 5-1
Ted Miller’s (ESPN) Record
Last week 4-2
Oregon 69 Cal 13
The Ducks fly to Berkley to give the Cal Bears a beat down this week. In past years Cal has given the Ducks problems, but this is the worst Cal team of the Tedford era. Don’t expect this team to win any more games. There’s a good chance we won’t be seeing Tedford in the Pac-12 next year.
Oregon State 38 Stanford 27
Both of these teams have switched QBs. OSU has turned to Cody Vaz while Stanford has turned to Freshman Kevin Hogan. Hogan performed well last week against Colorado, but the Buffs are nothing like the Beavs. Cody Vaz’s QB resume is much more impressive than Hogan’s, and Vaz will lead the Beavers to victory in Palo Alto. This game will be close at first, but the Beavers will pull away in the second half.
USC 45 Arizona State 30
Both of these teams are in a downward spiral, but the Trojans are much better. The Sun Devils won’t be able to defend Marqise Lee and Robert woods. They don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Trojans either. The Sun Devil’s only hope is that USC comes out on the field moping after two tough losses. In the end the Barkley-Woods connection will win the game for the Trojans.
UCLA 65 Washington State 14
The Cougars host the red-hot Bruins in a game that is sure to help UCLA reach the Pac-12 title game. Washington State seems to be regressing and UCLA should be more motivated than ever to win big after thrashing the Wildcats. Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin will have a field day in Pullman.
Utah 30 Washington 21
This was a tough decision. Both teams are riding 2 game winning streaks, and both teams have their eyes on the postseason. Utah has the better coach, though, and I expect Kyle Whittingham to have his Utes ready for battle on Saturday. Washington’s offense has failed to score more than 21-points in FBS play, and the trend will continue against Utah, whose offense has scored 49 in their last-two match-ups.
Arizona 50 Colorado 10
The gods of Football have smiled upon the Wildcats and offered the Colorado Buffaloes as a sacrifice. Arizona was obliterated by UCLA last week, but the lowly Buffaloes provide an easy win. Arizona will use this game to regain their confidence, gain bowl eligibility, and tune up for a trip to Utah next week.