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October 20, 2006 at 9:49 AM

Friday’s picks and clips

Coming off one my worst weeks of the season, here we go with another round of Pac-10 picks.
In fact, I was 3-2 last week, making me 32-8 for the season, though I almost got a direct hit on USC-Arizona State (I called it 27-21 USC and the Trojans won 28-21).
So here goes:
Notre Dame 35, UCLA 13 — Bruins have to go with Patrick Cowan on the road for a second straight week. Their defense got exposed against Oregon and if they don’t start running the ball better they are in a lot of trouble. Worth noting that their two Pac-10 wins are against Stanford and Arizona, the two worst teams in the conference.
Oregon 31, WSU 28 — A third straight trip to Pullman for the Ducks (don’t forget that in a few weeks when you complain about UW making a third straight trip to Eugene — everybody has to do it somewhere). And I think it will result in a third straight win by three points against the Cougars. WSU’s defense is good, but WSU-Oregon games always tend to be wild affairs. Oregon’s running game will prove the difference.
Arizona State 38, Stanford 6 — This could be bad news for Washington, as ASU should get healthy this week against the Cardinal before having to come to Seattle next week to play UW. It’ll be really bad if ASU gets its passing game going — and gets QB Rudy Carpenter some confidence before rolling into Seattle. Stanford may be the worst Pac-10 team since one of those Oregon State teams of the early 1980s.
Oregon State 24, Arizona 14 — The Beavers sure looked like a quality team here a week ago. But games like this are the real test — can they put it together two weeks in a row on the road? Mike Riley isn’t out of the woods yet.
As always, we’ll save the breakdown of the UW-Cal game for later.
Also, here’s my story today on UW walk-on quarterback Felix Sweetman. These are the kinds of stories that are really fun to write. Sweetman has always been a popular guy around the program and should be popular with the fans, as well, for the service he provides.
And here’s the best story out of Cal today, a profile of left guard Erik Robertson dealing with the loss of his older brother to stomach cancer.

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