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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 27, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Pac-10 picks

Now 27-5 for the year, missing last week only on UW.
More on the Huskies later.
UCLA AT OREGON STATE: The two most enigmatic teams in the conference, seemingly capable of beating anyone (they are the last two teams to beat USC, for instance) and getting blown out by anyone. OSU’s QBs have thrown an amazing 13 interceptions, but the Beavers won’t have any choice but to keep chucking it against a UCLA secondary that ranks last in the conference. I figure that battle determines the game right there — if OSU loses the ball two times or fewer, it should win the game thanks to the homefield advantage and a defense that remains stout against the run (the Beavers have allowed just 118 yards rushing all season — UW allowed more than that on just two plays last week). Oregon State 31, UCLA 24.
ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD: The Sun Devils finally have to go on the road, and as Oregon found out last week, visiting Stanford isn’t quite the lazy day on The Farm it was last year. Still, ASU should survive thanks in part to a defense that is so far better than advertised — the Sun Devils lead the conference in allowing just 289 yards per game (admittedly, the soft sked has helped, but still a quality number). One concern is ASU’s run game, which figured to be better — ASU’s 4.0 yards per attempt is the second-lowest in the league, ahead of only Arizona. ASU 35, Stanford 17.
CAL AT OREGON: The game of the week in the conference, if not the nation. These two are combining for 90 points a game, so a lot of offense should be in store. Many of their stats are eerily similar — each has rushed for a Pac-10 high 13 TDs and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry, for instance. Each also is tied for the lead in the conference in turnovers at plus-seven. With so much equal, I simply think that will be the difference — which team screws up the most. With Oregon at home — and with QB Dennis Dixon playing near flawless football — I’ll give the edge to the Ducks. Oregon 35, Cal 31.
WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA: This looms as an early elimination game for a post-season bowl for each team, with each already 0-1 in Pac-10 play and not able to afford a loss in a game it can win. In fact, some at both schools are saying this is the pivotal game of the year for each with potentially huge long-term ramifications for each coach. WSU has the better offense, though Arizona seems to be finding its stride with its new-look passing game. But the Wildcats have the better defense and special teams, so we’ll give a slight edge to the home team. Arizona 24, WSU 21.

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