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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 14, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Pac-10 picks

I’m fresh off a 7-1 week and a 15-2 start to the Pac-10 season. But then, so is just about anyone picking Pac-10 games this season as you haven’t gotten much wrong simply picking the conference to win every game to date.
That said, here are this week’s picks:
UCLA at Utah: Bruin QB Ben Olson ripped through the Utes last year for 316 yards and two TDs. He should be able to do it again. UCLA 35, Utah 13.
Louisiana Tech at Cal: The Bears have spent all week hearing a lot about how leaky their defense is. La. Tech is dangerous having almost beaten Hawaii last week. But look for the Bears to make a little statement. Cal 48, La. Tech 17.
Idaho State at Oregon State: Beavers aren’t nearly as bad as they looked last week at Cincy, though their QBs remain a big concern until proven otherwise. But having Sammie Stroughter completely back in the mix should help. OSU 49, ISU 10.
Fresno State at Oregon: I’m not quite as high on Oregon as Phil Steele, who continues to tout the Ducks as darkhorse national title contenders. But I think they may be a lot better than Husky fans will want to admit. Dennis Dixon is the second-leading rusher in the conference right now (217 yards) and the leader in pass efficiency (five TDs to zero INTs). I realize they haven’t played anyone yet (cheap Michigan joke there) but that’s pretty darn good against anyone. One caveat is that Fresno State has had a lot of experience with Oregon’s offense losing tight games the past two years (a combined 10 points.). Still, Ducks should cruises. Oregon 41, Fresno State 20.
USC at Nebraska: Cornhuskers should be more competitive than last year’s 28-10 defeat in LA that really wasn’t that close. But you have to think USC has been prepping for this game since August and is even hungrier for some real football after the walk-through opener against Idaho. USC 31, Nebraska 17.
New Mexico at Arizona: New Mexico allowed 34 points to a New Mexico State team that runs about the same offense as Arizona is now, so the Wildcats should have some success. They’d better, for Mike Stoops’ sake. A lot of people like this one as an upset pick (including Steele) but I’ll assume — for now — that the real Wildcats are closer to the team that played last week than week one. Arizona 27, New Mexico 17.
San Diego State at Arizona State: So what will Arizona State have more of Saturday — personal fouls or touchdowns? Despite a relatively easy win over Colorado last week, Dennis Erickson had a lot of teaching points this week (ASU was sloppy all over the place). If they clean it up a bit, this could get ugly only on the scoreboard. Remember, the Aztecs were just beaten 45-17 by WSU. ASU 51, SD State 17.
San Jose State at Stanford: Cardinal has yet to win a game in its new home. But San Jose State isn’t quite as good as it was a year ago when it beat Stanford, so expect a little revenge for the Cardinal, and possibly a starting point for Jim Harbaugh’s efforts turning this program around. Stanford 35, San Jose State 21.
Idaho at Washington State: The Battle of the Palouse has been little more than a friendly card game the last few years with the Cougars winning the last six by an average score of 42-11. That’s one reason this series is taking a temporary hiatus after this season. This one is slightly more interesting due to the presence of former WSU DC Robb Akey now on the Idaho sideline. We’ll see if his knowledge of WSU’s scheme and players means anything. WSU 41, Idaho 17.

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