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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Pac-10 picks, week eight

UW’s last-play collapse at Arizona State was understandably maddening for Husky Nation. But here was the real tragedy — it cost me a shot at a perfect weekend overall and one of my best against the spread.
Instead, I went 3-1 straight-up, 2-2 against the spread, continuing to basically tread water (I also missed on USC covering, so I wasn’t thrilled to hear the Pac-10 admit that refs screwed up twice — if I had actually bet on the game (which I didn’t) would that mean I get my money back now?)
Enough whining. It’s obviously an incredibly interesting week in the conference with all 10 teams playing conference games, and the chance for massive movement, especially among the top eight teams. There’s the unlikely possibility of a four-way tie for the lead at the end of the weekend if Oregon were to lose and USC, Arizona and Arizona State win (it could also happen with an Oregon State win over USC). You could also have two- or three-way ties for the lead at the end of the weekend.
In one scenario, you could have Oregon, USC and Arizona in a three-way tie for the lead at the end of the weekend, with UW a half-game behind but having beaten each of the three teams ahead of it, and with a bye next weekend, potentially putting the Huskies right back into the mix for the conference title.
On with the picks
WASHINGTON STATE AT CAL (Bears by 35): Cougars had a bye to get healthier, but that likely just means they come a little closer to beating the spread and not to winning the game. Cal’s big-play offense should run rampant. CAL 49, WSU 13.
UCLA AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 7-and-a-half): Line has come down two points in the direction of the Bruins for some unknown reason. UCLA looks like kind of a mess while Arizona has unearthed one of the better young QBs in the country in Nick Foles. Hard to imagine UCLA’s offense can keep up, though there’s the nagging memory that every time it seems like Arizona is really ready to take off, something seems to happen (like a ball bouncing into Mason Foster’s hands). But I like the Cats. ARIZONA 30, UCLA 17.
OREGON STATE AT USC (Trojans by 21:) Does that line seem a little high? Maybe not, considering that the Beavers always just get trounced in LA. Still, this USC team doesn’t necessarily seem as explosive as some of its prior squads. I frankly thought USC might score more easily on Notre Dame last week than it did. USC 31, OSU 14.
ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD (Cardinal by six-and-a-half):The Cardinal, who looked so good a few weeks ago, need to win this one to avoid falling to 4-4 with some tough games left — Stanford still has to go to USC and hosts Oregon, Cal and ND. So this looks like a pretty key game for the Cardinal’s bowl hopes. This will be a really intriguing matchup of ASU’s good run defense against Toby Gerhart. But the Cardinal also is getting some more balance on offense (it now leads the conference in pass efficiency) and with the home-field advantage, should score enough to get this one. STANFORD 21, ASU 13.
SEASON TO DATE: Straight up — 32-13; Against the spread — 18-22-1.

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