The final, (almost) full week of action, spiced by the rivalries:
Washington State (plus 14.5) at Washington — To me, the intriguing matchup is WSU’s offense with Connor Halliday, who has been very good lately, against a tough UW pass defense. Do the Huskies get the pass rush that Utah couldn’t last week? If not, the Cougars could make this very interesting. But I think the Huskies have too many weapons for the Cougar defense to manage. Washington 37, WSU 20.
Oregon State (plus 21.5) at Oregon — Unlike some recent years, the buzz for this is at a low ebb. Both teams have motivation to bounce back, but the Ducks have a lot more in their arsenal, especially since the Beavers can’t seem to run the ball. Oregon 41, OSU 17.
Colorado (plus 16.5) at Utah — Seems like Colorado has more to fight for here, with the Utes having just fallen from the bowl picture. There can’t be a lot of anticipation for this in Salt Lake City. Utah 31, Colorado 21.
Notre Dame (plus 14) at Stanford — This strikes me as a lot of points, with the Cardinal between the Big Game and the Pac-12 title showdown next week with ASU — especially with Notre Dame coming in at 8-3. Stanford 26, Notre Dame 19.
UCLA (plus 3.5) at USC — Bruins have back-to-back, huge emotional games, having just played ASU and now meeting the Trojans. It’s tough to buck USC’s amazing run under Ed Orgeron. Might he win the permanent job if his team wins here? USC 27, UCLA 20.
Arizona (plus 12.5) at Arizona State — ASU faces the same task as UCLA in needing to bounce back quickly from an emotional effort. I think the Wildcats give them some worries, especially in a series that’s been very unpredictable. ASU 34, Arizona 28.
Last week — 4-2 (5-1 versus the spread). Season — 62-23 (43-31 versus the spread).