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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 31, 2007 at 8:51 AM

Pac-10 picks

Here are the rest of my picks for this weekend:
UCLA 28, Stanford 13 — I think the Cardinal is going to be a little bit better of a team than might be expected and will give the Bruins a better run than a year ago, when UCLA beat Stanford 31-0. Sounds as if the players are responding much better to Jim Harbaugh than they did Walt Harris, and Stanford’s receiving corps is good enough to improve the offense a bit. Still, UCLA will get it done with the defense forcing a key turnover or two to turn the tide.
Oregon 27, Houston 17 — Straight from the Phil Steele book is this stat — Oregon is 25-1 in non-conference home games under Mike Bellotti (the loss coming somewhat inexplicably against Indiana in 2004). Houston’s not going to upset that record, though the Cougars are good enough to cause the Ducks some nervous moments. But in the end, Oregon’s running game will prove the difference.
Wisconsin 38, WSU 17 — This could be the beginning of a long season for the Cougars, especially if Brandon Gibson isn’t (or doesn’t soon get) completely healthy. WSU will score some points due to its passing attack, but hard to see them staying with the Badgers all the way through this one.
Arizona 21, BYU 13 — I’ve been touting Arizona as my surprise team in the Pac-10 this year, so I can’t go away from the Wildcats in week one, even if this looms as just about a tossup. For now, I’m assuming the change in offense is going to work, and that Arizona’s defense will be even better than it was a year ago, with basically everybody back.
Cal 31, Tennessee 17 — Take that Les Miles. Cal gets a chance to score some nationwide respect for the Pac-10 and thrust itself into the national title hunt in the process. Jeff Tedford with a veteran QB is always dangerous. Key is whether the Bears’ defense can hold off the Vols enough, but I’m thinking the home field advantage will help quite a bit.
Arizona State 41, San Jose State 21 — Dick Tomey has done a real nice job with the Spartans, but not good enough to win this game. I’ve been high on Arizona State, as well, and I think the Erickson Era (which I really think will last long enough to truly be called that) gets off to a nice start.
USC 156, Idaho 0 — Okay, maybe that’s about 100 points too high, but you get my drift. Last time these two played, USC won 72-0 in 1929

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