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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Pac-10 picks

Well, this is a sad entry to write — the last regular-season edition of Pac-10 picks.
But the conference season at least ends well with four rivalry games, all intriguing in their ownn way.
Arizona-ASU, USC-UCLA and UW-WSU all could be pretty competitive matchups, and Oregon State at least has the chance to pull off the upset of the season.
As for my picks, I missed only on UW last week (dropping me to 7-4 on my Husky picks for the year).
As always, I’ll save the UW pick for later. For now, here are my picks in the other three Pac-10 games this weekend.
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 5.5): UW fans can watch this with some interest — if Arizona loses, there’s a chance UW could sneak into the Alamo Bowl if the Huskies can win the Apple Cup Saturday. And for some reason, an Arizona loss is what I see happening here. I think ASU is pretty darn talented, as it showed in going on a 50-10 mid-game run last week to rally from a 17-0 deficit against UCLA and end up routing the Bruins. No team in the conference play both Oregon and Stanford as competitively this year as did ASU, which is two missed PATs away from potentially being 7-4 at the moment. Arizona, meanwhile, has lost three in a row and has all the pressure heading into this one while ASU has nothing to lose. ASU 27, ARIZONA 24.
USC AT UCLA (Trojans by 6.5): Two reeling teams that each need to win this one to at least say they were the Kings of LA for this season — and allow their fans at least something to brag about. It’s probably bigger for Rick Neuheisel, whose program seems to really be flailing at the moment and could use something to hand his hat heading into what figures to be a make-or-break 2011. But Matt Barkley will apparently be back for USC and the Trojans are simply better than the Bruins, whose offense seems unlikely to be able to keep up. USC 31, UCLA 13.
OREGON AT OREGON STATE (Ducks by 16.5): Oregon needs a win to play for the national title, and it’s realistically difficult to see the Beavers getting in the way all that much. Oregon’s style of wearing teams down could prove a little more dicey in this one if the Beavers and their crowd get into it. But I think this may be one time Oregon rolls from the start and never lets up. OREGON 55, OSU 17.
LAST WEEK: Straight up, 4-1; against the spread, 3-2.
SEASON TO DATE: Straight up, 56-17, against the spread, 28-35-1.

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