Friday, Sep 28|
Colorado 38 – UCLA 16 (pick: Colorado 38-17)
The second best quarterback in the Pac-12 – Colorado’s Steven Montez – completed 22 of 27 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown against the Chipsters in Boulder. The Bruins couldn’t stop senior running back Travon McMillian from piling up 107 yards and a score with 21 carries either. UCLA led at the half 14-3 but managed only a field goal while Ralphie ran roughshod for 24 second half points.
Saturday, Sep 29
Washington 35 – BYU 7 (pick: Washington 31-21)
Four games into the season Jake Browning and the Washington offense put the pieces together in leaving the Cougars as roadkill on Montlake Boulevard. The senior signal caller connected on 23 of 25 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown. Running backs Myles Gaskins and Salvon Ahmed combined for 167 yards rushing and three touchdowns, splitting 24 touches. The Husky defense held BYU to a miserly 194 total yards, only 34 of which came on the ground.
USC 24 – Arizona 20 (pick: Arizona 35-24)
After sleepwalking through the opening half, Arizona staged a spirited but in the end unsuccessful comeback against the Trojans. Spotting USC 17 first half points, Arizona and the Trojans traded third quarter scores before the Wildcats made things interesting with a pair of fourth quarter fumble recoveries that led to scores. A missed PAT and an unsuccessful on-side kick attempt ended the late rally.
Arizona State 52 – Oregon State 24 (pick: Arizona State 48-17)
No, it is not going to get better anytime soon.
Washington State 28- Utah 24 (pick: Washington State 33-13)
A solid win for the Cougs against a perennially tough defensive side. Senior transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew tossed three touchdown passes and rolled up 445 yards of passing offense to ten different receivers. With numbers like that you can get away with posting zero net yards on the ground…
Notre Dame 38 – Stanford 17 (pick: Stanford 37-28)
The Cardinal gave up 550 yards of offense to the Irish. Five, Five, Ohhh. Yikes.
Oregon 42 – California 24 (pick: Oregon 42-21)
Yes, Justin Herbert was magnificent… his pass to TE Kano Dillon to open the Ducks scoring couldn’t have been thrown any better if it had been on a string… an absolutely perfectly thrown football. But it was Oregon’s two freshmen running backs Travis Dye – 20 carries, 105 yards including a 45-yards touchdown scamper – and C.J. Verdell – 106 yards on nine carries with a long of 74 yards – who grabbed a big piece of the spotlight. As did the Oregon defense forcing three California turnovers and converting two into scores.
Saturday, Oct 06
Washington @ UCLA
On both sides of the ball the Huskies will have bigger and better athletes. Nothing is a foregone conclusion in college football but a UCLA upset in the Rose Bowl couldn’t look more unlikely. Washington bigly… 42-13
Utah @ Stanford
Stanford is on the precipice. Exposed defensively first by the Ducks and then by Notre Dame and with the offense hampered by running back Bryce Love’s injuries, the Cardinal could see their season spin away from them quickly on the heels of their loss in North Bend. Or they could prove they have the resiliency of 1001 of David Shaw’s previous teams and come away with a hard fought and much needed win on the farm. Stanford by seven, 28-21
California @ Arizona
It depends on which Arizona team decides to show up… if it’s the one that played the first three quarters against USC, the Bears come away with a decent road win in the Pac-12. If it’s the Wildcat team that awoke in the fourth quarter – albeit it too late to avoid the loss – California will get tagged for a second straight conference loss. Arizona 35-28
Arizona State @ Colorado
Maybe the most interesting match-up on the docket. The SunDevils have been up and down and the Buffaloes have sort of slipped under the radar thus far. A win over ASU would surely change that and give Colorado the inside track to the southern division championship. The Buffaloes are favored by less than a field goal and that doesn’t seem to be near enough. It won’t be a blow-out, but Colorado handles ASU 33-24.
Washington State @ Oregon State
This one will be a blowout. Washington State 55-24.
~ Rick Morgan
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