Simply put, here they are:
Northern Arizona at Arizona — The Wildcats really need a big, easy win in this one to get some momentum going after the BYU debacle. NAU isn’t a horrible I-AA team, beating Western New Mexico 47-0 last week. It was a sluggish outing against NAU last year that helped put ASU’s Dirk Koetter on the hotseat. NAU doesn’t have much back on defense, however, so while we are beginning to have some doubts about Arizona, we’ll assume they’ll bounce back this week. Arizona 41, NAU 13.
Colorado at Arizona State — The thought here is that ASU is really for real. The question in this game is how much better is Colorado. CU QB Cody Hawkins might be facing UW tomorrow if his dad didn’t become the head coach at Colorado last year, instead. He’s really a good one and could take advantage of ASU’s aggressiveness on defense. But the RB duo of Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring should be enough for ASU. Arizona State 35, Colorado 24.
BYU at UCLA — BYU is another team we think is really underrated. In the last two games against Pac-10 teams (Oregon and Arizona) BYU has won by a combined 58-15. But UCLA also looked really good in that win over Stanford, and the home field, and a much more diverse offense than the Cougars saw last week, should be enough. UCLA 24, BYU 10.
San Diego State vs. Washington State — Cougs left Wisconsin with a lot to feel good about (running game, Brandon Gibson playing well) but also lots to worry about (special teams, a young secondary). Luckily, San Diego State is in major rebuilding mode and as long as the Cougars don’t screw things up too much themselves, they should have a pretty fun day. WSU 34, SDSU 15.
Cal at Colorado State — This is a return visit for CSU’s trip to Berkeley in 2003, a 23-21 win for the visiting Rams. Few Cal players will remember that but doubt Jeff Tedford has forgotten. Much has been made of wondering whether Cal will let down following the win over Tennessee. But CSU also has to rally after losing to Colorado in OT last week. The better team should simply win this one. Cal 38, CSU 21.
Oregon at Michigan — As I wrote a few days ago, the amazing thing to me was how many ways Appalachian State almost blew that game against Michigan last week. ASU could have scored 10 more points with a few fewer mistakes. Michigan has also struggled quite a bit lately with the spread offense, which Oregon runs as well. Oregon can win it if Jonathan Stewart has a huge day and Dennis Dixon again has no turnovers. But the Ducks’ defense still seems problematic and I just have a hard time seeing Michigan starting out 0-2 at home. Michigan 31, Oregon 21.
Simply put, here they are:
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