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Pac-12 Confidential

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

September 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Pac-12 picks, week 3

Still struggling with 2014 picks. But I’m reminded that Kyle Seager struggled to begin the season, too.

It’s a yawner of a week, not only in the Pac-12 but nationally.

Wyoming (plus 43) at Oregon — Good grief, an 11 a.m. game? When fans complained about night starts, they probably didn’t bargain for this. Cowboys have won narrow games against Montana and Air Force. I’m counting on Oregon being just a bit disinterested. Oregon 52, Wyoming 14.

Illinois (plus 13.5) at Washington — It won’t help the Huskies against QB Wes Lunt that Marcus Peters is suspended. But they should have plenty in their offensive arsenal to offset any serious defensive shortfall. Washington 37, Illinois 20.

Army (plus 28) at Stanford — For what it’s worth, I’m thinking the Cardinal probably plays a relatively controlled game in terms of the playbook, trying to clean up the horrors of last week against USC, and with a bye next week. Stanford 35, Army 10.

UCLA (minus 7.5) at Texas — Not much luster to this game anymore. Bruins need to lay one on somebody, and this would be a good time. But the offensive problems could resurface. UCLA 28, Texas 16.

Portland State (no line) at Washington State — If the Cougars were desperate last week, how do you describe this week? WSU 35, Portland State 17.

USC (minus 17) at Boston College — BC is no great shakes, but the Trojans are coming off a big win and traveling 3,000 miles. Lotta points. USC 34, Boston College 20.

Arizona State (minus 15.5) at Colorado — Buffs usually show well at home, but the ASU offense has been playing as well as Todd Graham says it would. Arizona State 44, Colorado 26.

Nevada (plus 15.5) at Arizona — Nevada isn’t bad, but WSU flattered the Wolf Pack defensively by not trying to run the ball, even when the front dictated. That won’t be an issue for the Wildcats. Arizona 38, Nevada 17.

Last week — 9-2 (4-5 against the spread). Season — 18-5 (6-10 against the spread).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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