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September 4, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Pac-10 picks

Okay, so it’s now rebound time as I was as off-target as Jeremiah Masoli in my first pick of the season.
Eight more Pac-10 games to go on the weekend, none of which are really marquee matchups, which isn’t really a good thing for the conference. Oregon is sure to drop out of the polls — I’m wondering if the Ducks will even get any votes — which could leave as few as two conference teams ranked depending on how things unfold. And that would obviously only reinforce the national take that the Pac-10 is down this season.
On with the picks, and as always, using the line published in The Seattle Times.
PORTLAND STATE AT OREGON STATE (no line): So would you really rather UW be playing this kind of game to open the season? Maybe this year you could make a case for it, and it is at least a regional rivalry. But not much to gain for the Beavers from this one other than a soft landing to the season. OSU should cruise. OSU 49, PSU 14.
SAN JOSE STATE AT USC (Trojans by 33): Interesting to see the line drop four points on this one. But people may be figuring out that the Spartans may be okay and that USC might not want to show much with Ohio State next week — and who knows how the offense will look with a true frosh at QB? I’ll ride that wave, picking USC but thinking it won’t be a complete laugher. USC 45, SAN JOSE STATE 17.
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE (Cardinal by 16-and-a-half): The line on this one, meanwhile, has gone up two points in Stanford’s direction, and that’s another wave I’ll ride. Cardinal is one of my sleeper picks for this season and they seem to have one dominant edge in this one — its running game and RB Toby Gerhart against WSU’s run defense. STANFORD 35, WSU 10.
SAN DIEGO STATE AT UCLA (Bruins by 19): This could be more interesting than you think. SD State has a new coach in Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator in Rocky Long (at once rumored maybe headed to UW). And they could come up with some schemes to bother a pretty inexperienced UCLA offense. But I’m thinking eventually talent will win over the Bruins will get a return or turnover for a TD or something to break it open. UCLA 31, SD STATE 9.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 13-and-a-half): Another one that could be closer than you think with Central Michigan a favorite in the MAC and boasting a solid QB in Dan LeFevour. But I’m also bullish on the Wildcats and this is another one that could be close for a while with the home team eventually pulling away. ARIZONA 34, CMU 20.
IDAHO STATE AT ARIZONA STATE (no line): ASU had some sort of scheduling complication with someone dropping out, resulting in this unappetizing matchup instead. At least the Devils will have a breather to work in its new QBs. ASU 45, IDAHO STATE 10.
MARYLAND AT CALIFORNIA (Bears by 21): Bears becoming an increasingly trendy pick to win the Pac-10, though first they need to get some revenge on Maryland for a surprising loss last year. Maryland, meanwhile, is a real young team with lots of new guys being pushed into action. So the Bears should roll. CAL 42, MARYLAND 13.
As always, I’ll have the UW-LSU game in a separate entry later.

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