The endgame approaches for the Pacific-12 Conference football season, as both division leaders head on the road to the Arizona schools, presenting potential traps games for Oregon and Utah with so much on the line.
The USC Trojans also end their regular season this week, with an outside shot at winning the South Division if they can beat the UCLA Bruins—and the Utes falter either this weekend or next. That could change everything for the Conference of (real NCAA) Champions and its College Football Playoff chances, in truth.
There are six games this Saturday, with a variety of interesting storylines, and we’re going to try to build on our 53-24 season mark for predictions with another good week of guesswork. Enjoy!
UCLA at Southern California (12:30 pm Saturday): The Bruins laid an egg last week, scoring just three points on the road against Utah. The Trojans do not have Utah’s defense, or that kind of home-field advantage here. However, USC does have something significant still to play for, while UCLA has a mere long-shot chance at a bowl game. We say that plays into the more-talented Trojans’ hand here. USC 34, UCLA 17.
California at Stanford (1 pm Saturday): Remember when these two rivalry games were the last games of the regular season? We do. No more, sadly. Both teams are coming off ugly losses, and both schools are having down years. The Golden Bears (5-5) can get to a bowl game, while the Cardinals (4-6) will need some help there. Even on the road, perhaps it is time for the visitors to reclaim the Axe. California 24, Stanford 14.
No. 6 Oregon at Arizona State (4:30 pm Saturday): The Ducks are rolling, winners of nine in a row. The Sun Devils are not, losers of four straight. We don’t expect Oregon to have any trouble here. Any upset would a huge shock. Oregon 48, Arizona State 21.
Oregon State at Washington State (6 pm Saturday): Both teams need this win to make it to a bowl game. Both teams will not win their interstate-rival matchups next week. Therefore, this game means everything to the Beavers and the Cougars, respectively. This may come down to coaching and preparation, and we’re not fans of Mike Leach, obviously. WSU is the better team on paper, but we think the visitors are … hungrier. Oregon State 44, Washington State 41.
No. 7 Utah at Arizona (7 pm Saturday): The Utes dismantled the Bruins offense last week, and we expect more of the same in this one. This should be a bigger blowout than the Oregon-ASU game, in truth. Utah 45, Arizona 17.
Washington at Colorado (7 pm Saturday): The Buffaloes have checked out on the year, while the Huskies should be able to reach eight wins and a solid bowl game with two victories to close out their regular season, which has been a bit of a disappointment after 32 wins from 2016-2018 combined. Washington 34, Colorado 20.
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