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September 11, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Pac-10 picks, week two

Other than the Oregon debacle in Boise, the Pac-10 got off to a decent start last week, just about everyone giving their fan base hope for this season.
Week Two will tell a little more with four conference teams heading on the road, including the LA schools for the two highlight games of the weekend.
So on with the picks, as always, using the Daily Line from The Seattle Times for our odds:
EASTERN WASHINGTON AT CAL (no line): No real analysis needed here. Bears just hoping to avoid injury in this one. CAL 52, EASTERN 17.
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA (no line): Another one where no real analysis is really needed. Arizona had a solid defensive outing last week and will look to replicate that while getting the offense going a little bit, as well. Wildcats need to smooth out the offense in preparation for a trip to Iowa next week. ARIZONA 38, NAU 6.
PURDUE AT OREGON (Ducks by 12): The line has actually moved a point in Oregon’s direction this week, which both seems surprising and speaks to how bad everyone thinks Purdue is — new coach, a lot of new players off a 4-8 team, etc. Is it making too much of it to say this could be a real key game in the Chip Kelly era? Lose this one and people will really start wondering what’s going on. Ducks can’t really be as bad as they looked in Boise, can they? For one more week, I’ll side with the thought they aren’t. OREGON 35, PURDUE 24.
HAWAII VS. WASHINGTON STATE IN SEATTLE (Warriors by two): For one of the same reasons I plan to pick UW to beat Idaho by a pretty wide margin, I also think the Cougars will win this game — the Pac-10 is still a lot better than the WAC from top to bottom (and yes, I know all about Boise State beating Oregon — again, talking top to bottom). The Cougs did move the ball a little bit on Stanford, and Hawaii has a really young and inexperienced defense that WSU should be able to exploit. If the Cougs don’t win this game, however, it could be an o-fer season in the offing. WASHINGTON STATE 31, HAWAII 24.
OREGON STATE AT UNLV (Beavers by seven:) This seems to be becoming a chic upset pick and no question this game looks tougher for the Beavers than they probably imagined when they scheduled it. UNLV has been steadily getting better the last couple years — remember the win at Arizona State early last season? But all of that should also have the Beavers paying sufficient attention, which should be enough to get the Beavers the win. OSU 34, UNLV 31.
STANFORD AT WAKE FOREST (Deacons by three:) This has gone from a pick ’em to Wake by three. I’ve been saying all along I think the Cardinal could be a pretty good team this year so I can’t go away from Stanford now. STANFORD 27, WAKE 21.
UCLA AT TENNESSEE (Volunteers by 10): One thing I wonder — if Lane Kiffin and Rick Neuheisel switched places on Saturday, would anyone know the difference? Vols are still stinging from the loss in Pasadena last year and the Bruins won’t have the offense to keep up with Tennessee. TENNESSEE 27, UCLA 16.
USC AT OHIO STATE (Trojans by 7): I actually give OSU some benefit of the doubt for what happened last week — I think Navy’s a pretty good program right now. Still, it seemed to speak overall to the Big Ten just not being as good as the upper tier of the other conferences right now. Assuming Matt Barkley stays as calm as last week, Trojans should eventually pull away. USC 31, OHIO STATE 20.
SEASON RECORDS –— STRAIGHT UP: 8-1; AGAINST THE SPREAD: 3-3-1 (two games did not have spreads last week).
One reader asked if we could have a contest on here for picking the games. I frankly can’t tabulate everyone else’s picks. But I heartily encourage you to present your own picks here and just keep track on your own and update it yourself each week.

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