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Pac-12 Confidential

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

December 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

On the heels of another ho-hum week, a final Pac-12 pick . . .

Considering nobody has set foot on a football field since last Saturday, it’s been a fairly tumultuous week in the Pac-12: Steve Sarkisian to USC, Jim Mora anchoring at UCLA, Chris Petersen to Washington.

What’s left is Stanford’s visit Saturday night to Arizona State, and our final Pac-12 pick of the season.

Stanford (plus 3) at Arizona State — This is a tough one, in that it’s hard to judge how much ground Arizona State has made up since Sept. 21, and whether that’s enough to offset the huge edge Stanford evinced in that game, racing out to a 29-0 lead before the Sun Devils made it interesting in the second half. Initially, my inclination was to the Sun Devils; I haven’t been all that wowed by Stanford’s offense (and in some key situations, some play-calling). There’s not much doubt ASU developed a bigger head of steam than any other program in the league as the season went on, winning seven straight. And now the Sun Devils have not only the home-field advantage, but the revenge motive as well. In the final analysis, in a game matching veteran teams, I’m tilting toward the one that has a little more big-game experience. That, and the loss of ASU’s standout runner, Marion Grice, should be the difference. Stanford 34, Arizona State 28.

Last week — 5-1 (2-4 versus the spread). Season — 67-24 (45-35 versus the spread).

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