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December 5, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Pac-10 picks

One week left, and I’m feeling a little heady heading into the last week,
I was 4-0 last week overall and 3-1 against the spread, missing only the points on the WSU-Hawaii game (and getting correct Oregon’s win over Oregon State).
That makes me 57-14 straight-up this season (maybe this has been a more predictable Pac-10 season than was thought) and 41-30 against the spread (which may be good enough to convince my wife to give all this up and head to Vegas to make my way as a gambler).
Anyway, on to this week’s picks, with spreads, as always, from the trusty Seattle Times:
USC AT UCLA (Trojans by 33): And suddenly, this may be a more interesting game for UW fans than the Husky game at Cal. Trojans need as big a win as they can get for BCS positioning, though it seems likely their fate is yet another Rose Bowl (the poor souls). If Kevin Craft throws another three picks for TDs, this could be even worse than the spread. In my estimation, USC has already suffered its upset loss of the season. This should be as bad as everyone thinks. USC 49, UCLA 10.
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA (Wilcats by 10-and-a-half): The most intriguing Pac-10 game of the weekend (though that’s like saying Tito is the best of the other four Jackson’s). Mike Stoops may need this one to keep his job, and the Wildcats are at home, which should be enough. Still, Dennis Erickson has had his team playing well the last three weeks — maybe better than it has all season, which is a typical Erickson trait. We’ll split the difference on this one, calling for an Arizona win but an ASU cover. ARIZONA 35, ASU 31.
WASHINGTON AT CAL (Bears by 35-and-a-half): I’m breaking from convention and picking the UW game in this space. But I really don’t think this game warrants a real, big dissection. Cal has the edge in every area and the only question is whether the Huskies try hard enough to keep it respectable.
For some reason, I think they will keep this a little closer than my friend Ted Miller thinks — maybe the players will realize a new coach is watching. But ultimately, it will be a desultory ending to the Willingham era. CAL 47, UW 13.
WILLINGHAM TO NEW MEXICO STATE? — I missed this earlier in the week but I see that some New Mexico media is speculating that Tyrone Willingham could be in line to be the next head coach at New Mexico State.

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