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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Final Pac-12 football picks . . .

As I wrote earlier this week, I think it’s been a Pac-12 football season of big fun — a year when there was serious competitive balance in the league, when it had six teams ranked at once, and yet, one in which there was enough surprise to keep the preseason favorites, Oregon and USC, out of Friday night’s title game.

UCLA (plus 8.5) at Stanford — The Bruins have a lot of amends to make. Last week, they allowed Stepfan Taylor 142 yards, got their quarterback sacked seven times and committed 12 penalties. The knotty question of how seriously UCLA took the game, knowing it already had cinched a spot in the title game unlike Stanford, must have played a part, though it’s impossible to know how much. I’d expect the rematch to be more interesting. Stanford 30, UCLA 24.

Nicholls State (no line) at Oregon State — Talk about your anti-climax, going from the Civil War to playing a 1-9 team that was originally on the schedule Labor Day weekend but moved back because of hurricane problems. Beavers can still rescue a 10-win season, which, given where they’ve been the past two years, would be monumental. Oregon State 49, Nicholls State 7.

Last week — 3-3 (1-5 versus the spread). Season — 64-25 (43-37-1 versus the spread).

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