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November 2, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Pac-10 picks

Got about 15 minutes at the airport as I’m flying from LA to San Jose to switch from basketball to football. A fun, if sometimes hectic, time of year.
Here are my Pac-10 picks:
ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON: The two hottest teams in the conference face off in what is surprisingly, the most intriuging game of the year to date. Sadly, I think it may not live up to the hype due to ASU’s injury issues — Rudy Carpenter ailing, Ryan Torain out, etc. ASU’s formula of falling behind early and then making rousing second-half comebacks just doesn’t seem like something that will work at Autzen Stadium. And maybe I just remember seeing ASU almost lose at WSU in a game in which it was statistically dominated, and then a week later that same Cougar team falling behind 40-0 at halftime at Autzen. ASU has to hit some big plays early, I would think, to have a chance. ASU has given up a lot of sacks — 28, second-most in the league — and I think the Ducks will be aggressive and try to hit Carpenter early and often. Then Oregon will just hand the ball to Jonathan Stewart. Sadly for UW fans who don’t want the Ducks to get there, I’m seeing Oregon get a step closer to a BCS bowl, if not the national title. OREGON 31, ASU 21.
UCLA AT ARIZONA: Mike Stoops is going to just keep hanging on, I think. Buoyed by the big win at UW last week, and with the Bruins again reeling, I think the Wildcats are going to pass all over a UCLA defense that has given up 16 passing TDs, tied for the second-most in the conference. ARIZONA 35, UCLA 24.
WASHINGTON STATE AT CAL: Not to brag — okay, I generally have so little to brag about that I’d better take advantage when I can — but I called WSU’s upset of UCLA a week ago in this space. No such luck for the Cougs this week as I just can’t imagine Jeff Tedford losing four in a row. I also don’t think WSU’s newly aggressive defensive ways will work well on the road. CAL 38, WSU 24.
OREGON STATE AT USC: So OSU hasn’t won at USC since 1960. Mike Riley has broken a lot of streaks in his time in Corvallis but this won’t be one of them, especially with Yvenson Bernard ailing (just UW’s luck, sounds as if he could be really ready to go next week). I see Sean Canfield returning to his interception-throwing ways and the Trojans getting a cheap score or two as a result. USC 27, OSU 17.
SEASON RECORD: 40-15.

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