It’s the last week of the regular season for college football, and I mourn most aspects of that other than having to make my weekly picks.
It was another just Figgins-ish week against the spread, getting just one of six right (and that was the always dependable UCLA Bruins). I’ll prefer to remember this season by my record straight-up — and maybe hope I can at least finish it on a high note.
COLORADO AT UTAH (Utes by 22): That’s a lot of points to give to what is not a great offense. But if there’s anybody that can do it, it’s Colorado, nicely filling out the 12 spot in Pac-12 this year. It looks like a lot longer road back than the Buffs could have imagined. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, meanwhile, has done a great job recongifuring his team after the injury to Jordan Wynn, and getting the Utes to eight wins deserves at least some Coach of the Year mention. UTAH 35, COLORADO 9.
CAL AT ARIZONA STATE (Devils by 6): The line has moved about 1.5 points in ASU’s favor — and the Devils sure seem a tough team to have much confidence in right now. But then Cal’s only road win this year is its overtime victory at Colorado in week two, Rightfully so, there is lots of consternation about what’s happened to ASU. But all of its losses in its current three-game losing streak were to-the-wire affairs, and by a combined 15 points (ASU has four losses this year by a combined 18 and all five by a combined 32). Here’s to thinking the Devils have one more good game in them and end up as Pac-12 South champs. ASU 41, CAL 27.
OREGON STATE AT OREGON (Ducks by 28): For as much fretting as UW fans have done about Washington’s faceplant last week in Corvallis, I also think the Beavers have some good, young talent, and the game is an indication that OSU may not be down that long. But progress will be halted in this game as the Ducks will be highly motivated for a number of reasons (winning the Pac-12 North, avenging last week’s loss). Oregon’s been kind of sloppy offensively quite a bit of late (the Stanford game an exception). I think the Ducks will put it together in this one and make quick work of the Beavers. OREGON 52, OSU 17.
UCLA AT USC (Trojans by 16): The Bruins are still alive for the Pac-12 South title, but have the toughest road of the three still standing (Utah and ASU can also still get there — here’s a good breakdown of all the various tiebreaking procedures). Of those, UCLA is the only team that controls its own destiny. Don’t expect that control to last long. No team in the conference may be playing better right now than USC, which can stamp itself as a 2012 Pac-12 favorite with one last, solid performance. USC 31, UCLA 14.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 13.5): Well, it’s the last game of the Tim Kish Era, if nothing else. Louisiana is also 8-3 and has scored on just about everbody it’s played, including 34 at Oklahoma State. Don’t be surprised if something weird happens in this one, but I’ll make the safe choice. ARIZONA 42, LL 27.
NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD (Cardinaly by 7): Seems like kind of a low number, though the 8-3 Irish have been improving, and have been solid on defense all year, and Stanford looked a little more mortal than it has been last week against Cal. Still, the Cardinal has a lot on the line and a once-in-a-generation QB playing his last home game. The view here is Andrew Luck will have one last, great moment at Stanford Stadium. STANFORD 35, NOTRE DAME 20.
Last week: Straight up, 3-3; against the spread, 1-5
Season to date: Straight up, 63-21; against the spread, 33-50.