Pac 12 Preview and Predictions

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This will be a great week in Pac-12 football. Washington vs. Colorado is the only snoozer that I don’t think anybody cares to watch. Every other game has high stakes and the potential to be a close match-up. If there were a weekend to watch every Pac-12 football game this would be it.

My Predictions Record
4-2
46-19*

Ted Miller’s (ESPN) Record 
6-0
46-19*
*Records began after the Utah vs. Utah State game during week 2.

Oregon 55 Stanford 33
The Ducks can clinch a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game with a win against Stanford. They can also use this game as an opportunity to outshine undefeated Notre Dame who needed overtime to squeak by Stanford. Stanford is the second best team in the Pac 12, but the gap between the Ducks and the Cardinal is to wide and the Ducks will run away with this game in the second half. The Ducks have questions with all the injuries they sustained last week at Cal, but the real question that will define the game is how will Kevin Hogan play in the ruckus atmosphere of Autzen?

 

Oregon State 35 Cal 28
Sean Mannion and the Beavers look to regain the mojo that the Huskies stole a few weeks ago in Seattle. But the Cal Bears are looking to cap their disappointing season with a big win in Corvallis. The Bears showed heart last week, and they won’t go down without a fight, but the Ducks exposed their passing defense. Wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks will have big days in an important game. Beavers win.

 

Arizona State 42 Washington State 14
Wazzu’s all-time leading receiver recently left the team, and he has accused the coaching staff of abuse and intimidation. Whether or not those allegations are true it can’t be good for the Cougars morale as an already disappointing season comes close to an end.  Arizona State will win this because they have the home field advantage, better players, and a win will lock them into the post season. Their desire to get to a bowl game will be a big help in this game.

 

Washington 42 Colorado 28
This will be one of Colorado’s better games because the Huskies aren’t a good road team, but the lowly Buffaloes don’t stand a chance. The Huskies have their eyes on an 8-win season and Keith Price and Bishop Sankey will have big games to make sure they get there.

 

Arizona 45 Utah 42
This game is do or die for the Utes; if they lose this game they won’t be going bowling. If the Utes are to win this game they will need solid play from QB Travis Wilson. Arizona’s Matt Scott is the more experienced quarterback, and he will lead the Wildcats to victory. Utah’s bowl hopes end here.

 

UCLA 48 USC 38
Does Lane Kiffin have any dirty tricks up his sleeve? Can Matt Barkley step-up and be the quarterback he was supposed to be? Matt Barkley was supposed to be a shoe-in for the Heisman, instead he leads the Pac-12 with 13 interceptions. USC hasn’t played well on the road this year, and I expect UCLA QB Brett Hundley and RB Johnathan Franklin to shred the USC defense. UCLA wins with another thrilling performance at the Rose Bowl.

 

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