Well when I was right last week I was really right, going 5-1 both straight-up and against the spread —and in case you’ve forgotten, I got a direct hit on the UW-Cal game, correctly predicting a 21-13 Husky win (how helpful of me to refresh your memory of that, isn’t it?)
But when I was wrong, I was really wrong, only 61 points off the mark on my pick of Arizona to beat UCLA 38-33, which instead turned into a 66-10 Bruin win.
But as Meatloaf sort of sang, five out of six ain’t bad.
Now it’s on to another week, as always saving the UW game for later and using lines from the Seattle Times:
ARIZONA STATE AT USC (Trojans by 9): It’s been a week of deflated balls at USC and a recent few weeks of deflated dreams for both teams involved in this game. Each needs a win to stay alive in the Pac-12 South, each one loss behind UCLA in the standings. The whole key to this one may be how USC responds to last week’s loss and another week of controversy. The hunch here is that the players, as they often do, will more easily rebound than a lot of others in the program and get the Trojans a much-needed victory. USC 41, ASU 31.
OREGON AT CAL (Ducks by 28): The Ducks seem impervious to letdowns, while Cal is a banged-up team (Zach Maynard out and Allan Bridgford in, in the latest injury news there). This game fees like throwing Bears to the Wolves. OREGON 52, CAL 17.
COLORADO AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 30.5): Lots of rumblings that there will be major changes on Colorado’s staff at the least after a season in which the Buffs have ranked right with the 2008 Huskies and Cougar as among the most uncompetitive in conference history. QB Matt Scott is questionable for the Wildcats, but it’s hard to envisioning that mattering a whole lot. ARIZONA 47, COLORADO 14.
OREGON STATE AT STANFORD (Cardinal by 4.5): Here’s the game of the week in the conference, pitting two teams with just one conference loss each — each in Seattle to the Huskies. It’d be tempting to say UW showed how to beat each. But each is also now starting a different QB than started in Seattle — Cody Vaz for the Beavers, Kevin Hogan for Stanford. It was only Colorado, but Hogan seemed to give the Cardinal a better passing game than it had earlier in the year, and that added balance and the home field should be enough here. STANFORD 27, OSU 17.
UCLA AT WASHINGTON STATE (Bruins by 14.5): Well who knows what to expect out of the Cougars after the week they’ve had? That’s the whole key to this one, whether the WSU team that kept it close at Stanford shows up, or whether it’s the one that got blown out at Utah. Being at home, and after all the publicity of the week, you’d think the Cougars would give it a good effort. UCLA, though, appears to be hitting its stride and has lots to play for, as well. I’d expect the Bruins’ running game to be enough to escape a lot of trouble here. UCLA 34, WSU 14.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 5-1
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 27-39.