The Pacific-12 Conference, a.k.a. the Conference of (real NCAA) Champions, is rolling along well in 2019 for football, despite some of the league’s flagship teams struggling—we’re looking at you, USC and Washington.
Of course, the Oregon Ducks have played for the mythical national championship twice in the last decade, both in 2010 for the ol’ corrupt BCS and in 2014 for the newly rigged College Football Playoff. The Ducks can get another crack by just winning out this season.
Along with the Utah Utes, leaders in the South Division, the Ducks get the week off, so the slate ahead is not the most sexy. We split our picks last week to settle in at 47-21 overall after 10 weeks of guessing games. Maybe we will fare better this week? Read on and judge for yourself …
Washington at Oregon State (7:30 pm Friday): It is hard to believe that the Beavers are actually ahead of the Huskies in the Pac-12 North Division standings right now. The defending champs hit the road for this one, and they might be angry. Look for a reality check in Corvallis for the home team. Washington 38, Oregon State 21.
Stanford at Colorado (12 pm Saturday): We know the Buffaloes are once again sliding down fast in conference play, but the Cardinal are no great team, either. Stanford has been outscored by five-plus points per game this season, which is surprising. However, after a 1-3 start , the Cardinal have won three of the last four. There’s no reason to expect Colorado to suddenly break its losing streak, either. Stanford 35, Colorado 31.
USC at Arizona State (12:30 pm Saturday): Just like last season, the Sun Devils are fading after a “hot” start, fueled by upsets over Michigan State. Herm Edwards can’t coach, people! This isn’t news. Anyway, the Trojans are teetering themselves, but they also are just one game out of the South Division lead. Motivation is everything more often than not for teenage boys. USC 28, Arizona State 27.
Washington State at California (4 pm Saturday): This was a thrilling game last year in Pullman, and the Golden Bears figured to get some revenge this year. However, Cal is stinking up the joint, and the Cougars are barely treading water. Both teams are tied for last in the North, so this is about pride and qualifying for a decent bowl game. This game really is a coin flip, but we’re giving the edge to the visitors because the Golden Bears just can’t score. Washington State 24, California 17.
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