Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.
Season Pick’em Standings:
- Alex Shoemaker: 40-6 (4-1 last week)
- Corey Buchanan: 38-8 (2-3)
- David Saez: 37-9 (3-2)
- Franklin Bains: 37-9 (4-1)
- Isaac Rosenthal: 37-9 (4-1)
- Ryan Beltram: 37-9 (4-1)
Arizona (3-1, 0-1) at USC (3-2, 0-2) 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)
The USC Trojans welcome in new head coach Ed Orgeron in a must-win game against Pac-12 South foe Arizona. With Lane Kiffin now slumming on the beaches of Southern California, what differences will there be with the Trojan offensive attack? The defensive guru Orgeron isn’t likely to implement anything completely foreign from Kiffin’s operation, but with a new play caller running the offense we might not see a screen pass on every play.
X-factor: Kadeem Carey vs USC Run Defense. The Wildcats struggle to throw the football. It’s pretty simple. Arizona ranks 121st in the country with just over 111 yards per game. However, on the ground they dominate with Carey and the running abilities of quarterback B.J. Denker. If the Wildcats are able to run the football and aren’t forced to go to the air, they’ll have a chance to pull off the upset.
Alex: USC Isaac: Arizona Corey: Arizona Franklin: USC David: Arizona Ryan: Arizona
No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) at No. 16 Washington (4-1, 1-1) 1 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)
Not only the game of the week in the Pac-12, but the border war between the Oregon Ducks is the best game for week seven in the entire country. These two rivals will square off Saturday afternoon in a game that could be crucial for the Pac-12 North race. Both ranked in the top-25, Washington has a legitimate chance to break the Ducks’ current nine-game winning streak in the rivalry. Check HERE for predictions by EDN’s experts.
X-factor: Oregon Offense vs. Washington Crowd. While the Ducks have road wins against Virginia and Colorado, neither opponent has posed nearly the challenge that Washington does this weekend. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t faced a more hostile crowd in his collegiate career, and you can take it to the bank that Husky fans will be geared up for the game.
Alex: Oregon Isaac: Oregon Corey: Oregon Franklin: Oregon David: Oregon Ryan: Oregon
No. 5 Stanford (5-0, 3-0) at Utah (3-2, 0-2) 3 p.m. Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)
Both of these teams are coming off of close games the week before. Stanford a a three-point win over the Huskies and Utah a tough loss at home to the UCLA Bruins. While the Cardinal are favored by double digits, road games after close wins can be very dangerous.
X-factor: Will Stanford have a letdown week? After a, physical, draining, nail-biter against the Washington Huskies last week how will the Stanford Cardinal come out and perform? Will the Cardinal be up for an inferior opponent and give a 100% effort? While coaches and players can regurgitate “Win the day” or whatever mantra they may choose to use, no one really knows if this team is recovered enough for another football game.
Alex: Stanford Isaac: Stanford Corey: Stanford Franklin: Stanford David: Stanford Ryan: Stanford
Colorado (2-2, 0-2) at Arizona State (3-2, 1-1) 7 p.m. Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)
Offenses should take center stage as the Buffs take to the road once more after taking tough defeats the last two weeks against Oregon and Oregon State. The Sun Devils are going to be angry as well, dropping a tough late game to Notre Dame last week. ASU is among the conference’s best in scoring offense this fall, but nowhere to be found in the defenses — an odd spot for usually defensively solid Arizona State. So this should be a pretty even offensive matchup, and whoever develops a stronger running presence will have an advantage.
X-factor: Colorado Run Game vs. Will Sutton. Paul Richardson proved last week that he can pick up yards no matter who the opposing defense is, cresting 600 season receiving yards against Oregon. If Christian Powell and the other Buff rushers can get going, Colorado might be a popular, and wise, upset pick.
Alex: ASU Isaac: ASU Corey: ASU Franklin: ASU David: ASU Ryan: ASU
California (1-4, 0-2) at No. 11 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 (Comcast 36)
The UC showdown this year probably couldn’t be more lopsided. Jared Goff leads a talented Bears offense, but Cal — without an FBS win to their name — takes to the Rose Bowl to face a UCLA team on top of the world. Anthony Barr and the UCLA defense is more than enough to keep the Bruins ahead, as Brett Hundley and co. should be able to follow Oregon’s blueprints to run straight through Cal’s line.
X-factor: Jared Goff. The true freshman quarterback is really Cal’s only opportunity to stay close as Barr should keep Brendan Bigelow and the Bear running game neutralized fairly easily. Goff finding Harper and Treggs for big chunks of the field will give Cal a puncher’s chance.
Alex: UCLA Isaac: UCLA Corey: UCLA Franklin: UCLA David: UCLA Ryan: UCLA
Oregon State (4-1, 2-0) at Washington State (4-2, 2-1) 7:30 ESPNU (Comcast 411)
It’s probably a must-win for both teams as the Beavers take north to Pullman. Mike Leach’s team could come within one game of bowl eligibility with a win here, but they’re up against Mike Riley’s squad, who’ve been an electric bunch since dropping the opener to Eastern Washington. Don’t count on a lot of running from either team, as the OSU rushing game has been struggling for weeks and Wazzu prefers to air it out anyway.
X-factor: Connor Halliday vs. OSU Secondary. Oregon State’s defense has gotten eaten up through the air in several contests this year. Their biggest challenge this year will come in the Cougar offense that hasn’t struggled to reach its targets early and often in the fall. If the Beavers hope to stop the aerial attack, the proven method of success is attacking Halliday. The Coug cabal of receivers is too successful and speedy to slow down, and it will take opportunistic takeaways to give Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks the advantage in a shootout.
Alex: Washington State Isaac: Washington State Corey: Oregon State Franklin: Washington State David: Oregon State Ryan: Oregon State