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October 18, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Pac-10 picks

Here they are in what is a light week of action:
STANFORD AT ARIZONA: The visitor has won six of the last seven in this series, and if that happens again, it could be it for Arizona coach Mike Stoops, even if he did get a big vote of confidence this week from UA AD Jim Livengood. The big key here is whether Arizona can make enough plays in its passing game — the Wildecats are second in the conference in passing yards while Stanford is last in pass defense. We’ll assume they can, while also thinking that the Cardinal is due for a letdown after the big win over USC and then a tight loss against a pretty good TCU team. ARIZONA 24, STANFORD 17.
CAL AT UCLA: Both teams enter with uncertain QB situations. What’s not uncertain is that Cal is simply a better team than the Bruins, and better equipped to deal with a little QB uncertainty. And Jeff Tedford’s teams are usually pretty good at rebounding from tough losses, such as the opener last year to Tennessee, which was followed by eight straight victories. UCLA is coming off a bye and the pressure remains on Karl Dorrell, who could use a win like this to keep the wolves at bay (and also simply stay in first place in the Pac-10, believe it or not). In the end, we see the Bears doing just enough to win it, and UCLA just enough to lose it. CAL 31, UCLA 27.
USC AT NOTRE DAME: Not quite what anyone envisioned when the year began, is it? Lost in the talk of USC’s demise is that its defense is still pretty salty, especially considering the tough positions its offense has put it in of late. Considering Notre Dame’s offense, you wonder if this could be the first shutout in this series since 1998, when the Trojans beat the Irish 10-0. We’re going to go ahead and call it. USC 17, NOTRE DAME 0.
SEASON RECORD: 35-11.

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