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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 30, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Pac-10 picks

Feels weird being in Hawaii for rivalry week in the Pac-10. Part of me would love to just curl up in front of the TV and watch all of these games tomorrow — but that’s not the part of me that’s probably not going to win the battle.
So I may not see any of these games, but here’s what I’d envision happening if I did.
UCLA AT USC: The Trojans are again finishing strong and the way they played against ASU had me thinking that they just really might be the best team in the country, after all. (Biggest mystery of 2007 — USC’s loss to Stanford or that anyone attended the Spice Girls reunion concerts?) My long-winded way of saying I expect the Trojans to crush the Bruins, who have a good defense but no offense. USC needs the win to clinch the Rose Bowl and will also be motivated to avenge last year’s upset loss. The second-half may be spent placing odds on who the next UCLA coach will be. USC 31, UCLA 3.
OREGON STATE AT OREGON: The home team has won this game every year since 1996, when the Ducks won in Corvallis. So leave it to the Beavers to finally break that string. Shocking how bad Oregon’s offense is without Dennis Dixon, which in some ways only enhances his viability as a Heisman candidate if you could overlook the simple fact he’s missing these games. OSU’s defense remains one of the best-kept secrets in college football outside the Pac-10, but will make a statement in this one. OSU 21, OREGON 6.
ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE: A lot of people seem to be jumping on the Arizona bandwagon for this one, and the Wildcats certainly look much improved — and remember, almost that entire offense returns next season, so the Cats could be a beast a year from now. But ASU is playing for a chance at the Fiesta Bowl and I think the extra time off will have healed some of its injuries. Also just keep imagining the Huskies running all over the Arizona defense and figuring ASU can do the same. ARIZONA STATE 41, ARIZONA 31.
CAL AT STANFORD: Remember in early October when this loomed as one of the most interesting big games in years? Now it’s a matchup of two teams that have combined to lose 10 of their lasts 11 games combined. Read an interesting story in the San Francisco Chronicle on the plane out here about how Jeff Tedford is struggling to deal with a tough season for the first time at Cal. Sounds like there could be some massive re-examination ahead for the Bears. Much as Cal has struggled of late, I just can’t imagine they won’t try a little harder than they did against UW and their offense should be able to run roughshod on Stanford. CAL 35, STANFORD 17.
SEASON RECORD: 49-21, but I’m crawling to the finish even worse than the Bay Area teams having lost my last six.

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