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October 15, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Pac-10 picks, week seven

Ouch. About the only thing worse than The Situation’s dancing in the last week was my picks, especially against the spread — a Sexson-esque 0-5.
Luckily, I can’t perform as poorly this week as there are only three Pac-10 games, only two that don’t involve the Huskies.
Basically, I thought Stanford and Oregon would win by more, didn’t see Cal winning by THAT much, and thought UW and Arizona would win. But I doubt I was alone — the mushy middle of the Pac-10 is unfolding about as advertised in the pre-season, with not a lot of real difference between most of the teams, and home field, health, matchups and the proverbial intangibles compelling the play of some teams to vary greatly from week to week.
So with some trepidation, on with this week’s picks:
CAL AT USC (Trojans by two-and-a-half): Cal really hasn’t played that well against USC since memorably beating the Trojans in 2003, losing six in a row since then, the last two by a combined 47-6. Take out the Nevada game, and the Bears have played well, dominating UCLA last week and losing a game at Arizona they probably should have won. USC has lost two in a row at the buzzer, and it’s obviously tempting to wonder where the Trojans’ pysche is now. But this is the start of three in a row at home for USC which has had four of six on the road to start the season, and the last chance to make something of the season. Desperation and a good offense will lift the Trojans. USC 27, CAL 21.
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON STATE (Wildcats by 23-and-a-half): Cougars are coming off one of their best peformances of the Paul Wulff Era, though still a 20-point loss to Oregon, while Arizona lost its first game of the year last week at home to Oregon State. All the numbers favor Arizona. The question is how real is WSU’s recent improvement? Are the Cougars ready to consistently give teams a battle? This will be a good test. Undoubtedly, the Cougars are putting together a decent passing attack. But the running game and defense still have a long ways to go to make WSU able to win a game like this. ARIZONA 45, WSU 24.
As always, the UW pick will come later.
LAST WEEK: Straight up, 3-2; against the spread, 0-5.
SEASON TO DATE: Straight up, 33-10, against the spread, 15-20-1.

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