Here they are.
USC AT CAL: Not quite the sizzle it figured to have a couple of months ago. Odd how much Cal’s offense has struggled — the Bears are seventh when considering Pac-10 games only, behind the Huskies and ahead of only WSU, Oregon State and Stanford. USC’s defense, meanwhile, is really picking it up, holding Pac-10 foes to 240 yards per game — 80 fewer than any other conference team. If the Trojans don’t turn the ball over a ton, USC should win, maybe with relative ease. And that could set up a great opportunity for the Huskies next week providing they can take care of business in Corvallis. USC 24, CAL 14.
ARIZONA STATE AT UCLA: The Bruins appear in total freefall, which often is when they are at their best. But having picked against UCLA the last two weeks and been right, I’m going to keep riding that horse as I just see ASU finding a way to beat an Osaar Rashaan-led Bruin offense. Also remembering that Dennis Erickson got two of his bigger regular season wins with WSU and Oregon State at the Rose Bowl (not that that matters tomorrow, but maybe some good karma). ARIZONA STATE 31, UCLA 21.
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE: So I’ll repeat the question I’ve heard from everybody who watched UW’s win last week — how the heck did Stanford ever beat USC? The Cardinal was apparently a lot healthier then, and in a better mental state, obviously. But Stanford really looked out-of-its-league last week. Tavita Pritchard’s return should help this week, especially since he’ll have the motivation of having been spurned by WSU in recruiting, which maybe he can instill in the rest of the team. But right now, Stanford looks like the worst team in the conference, and WSU’s improving defense and steady passing game should be too much. WSU 31, STANFORD 17.
SEASON RECORD: 45-15.
As always, UW pick to come later, in part because I simply haven’t made it yet.
Here they are.
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