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November 9, 2006 at 10:47 PM

Friday’s picks

We’ll take a break from the pressing Husky matters of the day for our weekly Pac-10 picks.
I’m now 42-12 on the year straight up after going 4-1 last week, missing only WSU’s debacle against Arizona.
Cal 27, Arizona 17 — The Bears continue to look like the best team in the Pac-10 (and I’m just about ready to crow about the fact that I was one of the few people who picked Cal in the official Pac-10 media poll). But Arizona has found some new life with a tough defense and Willie Tuitama back at QB. This could be tight for a while.
Oregon State 31, UCLA 17 — The Bruins look like a team ready to pack it in while OSU has made a startling turnaround. This is a huge game for Matt Moore, who transferred out of UCLA a few years ago. The Beavers lost down in UCLA a year ago, 51-28. By the way, did you realize that USC and Oregon State wouldn’t have played this year had it not been for the new nine-game conference schedule? Those two would have missed each other under the old schedule.
ASU 21, WSU 17 — A key game for the Huskies, who would benefit from a WSU loss in terms of the post-season. On the other hand, ASU gets to six wins with games remaining against UCLA and Arizona if it wins this one, so one way or the other, this won’t help UW. But the best-case scenario for UW seems to be getting a tie with WSU at 6-6, so root for ASU in this one if you’re a Husky fan. Cougars may have trouble scoring with Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus. And the Cougar defense is wearing down a bit, as well.
USC 35, Oregon 31 — I came away very impressed by Oregon’s running game last week but not so much by Dennis Dixon’s passing ability. And I think that could be the difference in this one. I think USC can slow down Oregon’s run just enough, and maybe pick off a pass or two, to turn the tide in this one.
As always, my pick on the UW game will come later.

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