It’s the final week of appreciable non-league action, as next week’s schedule consists entirely of conference games.
Hawaii (plus 7.5) at Colorado — Not wild about going with the Buffs to win this one convincingly. But nor am I wild about taking the Warriors playing 4,000 miles from home. For all the talk about Hawaii playing two Pac-12 teams tough, I’m of the belief that its 38-7 deficit against OSU may be more telling than anything. Colorado 27, Hawaii 14.
Utah (plus 4.5) at Michigan — Why not? Things are uneasy in Ann Arbor and Utah’s defensive line should match up well with Michigan’s inexperienced offensive line. Utah 26, Michigan 20.
Georgia State (plus 35.5) at Washington — Not much question about a wide Washington victory here, but Georgia State has shown it can score, and the fact the Huskies will want to ensure keeping bodies healthy for Stanford next week leads me to think they’ll let off the gas early. Washington 48, Georgia State 20.
Cal (plus 9.5) at Arizona — The fact Nevada took Arizona to the wire, scoring 28 points, plus Cal’s ability with the pass, makes this one competitive. Arizona 34, Cal 28.
Oregon (minus 23.5) at Washington State — It’s going to be very difficult for WSU to keep the Oregon offense out of the end zone. But the way the Cougars throw it, and keep throwing it, gives them a chance to keep it close. Plus, the Duck defense has yet to prove it’s of recent ilk. Oregon 48, WSU 35.
San Diego State (plus 10) at Oregon State — This could be dangerous for the Beavers. The Aztecs lost 31-27 at North Carolina in a game in which the Tar Heels needed a 100-yard interception return and a 91-yard pass play. OSU 30, San Diego State 27.
Last week — 7-1 (3-4 versus the spread). Season — 25-6 (9-14 versus the spread).