If not for a meaningless Stanford touchdown in the waning minutes of the Cardinal's victory over Washington State, we would have compiled a 4-0 record picking against the spread last week. Oh well. Another opportunity awaits.
As always, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post on Friday. All lines (in parentheses) are courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Last week: 3-1 straight-up, 3-0-1 against the spread
Season: 39-13 straight-up, 21-24-1 against the spread
Utah at Oregon State, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Utah by 3) -- A Thursday night game in Corvallis feels all sorts of trappy for the Utes, who had a week off after their big win over UCLA. But with all these road teams winning in the Pac-12 this season, let's just guess that Utah will continue the trend. They also appear to be the better team, for whatever that's worth. The way things have gone this season, maybe not much. But the Utes' pass rush against Sean Mannion should be key. The pick: Utah 28, Oregon State 24.
UCLA at California, 12:30 p.m., ABC (UCLA by 7) -- Bruins are trying to salvage what's left of their preseason hype as a premier team in the Pac-12, and Cal is trying to regroup after a shockingly low offensive output against Washington. As long as UCLA's defense can limit Cal to two or three scores, Brett Hundley and the Bruins' offense should be able to roll. The pick: UCLA 38, California 21.
Colorado at USC, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (USC by 19) -- Not much analysis needed here. The Trojans are a lot better than the Buffaloes. Bet the heck out of the favorite (you know, if you can, legally). The pick: USC 45, Colorado 14.
Stanford at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Stanford by 3) -- Very interested to see how Taylor Kelly fares in his return from injury, and how ASU's offense as a whole fares against a Stanford defense that very much looks like the best in the country. Have a feeling Stanford wins that matchup, and that ASU's defense is just weak enough to allow Stanford's offense enough points to win the game, too. The pick: Stanford 21, Arizona State 20.
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