Stanford-California and USC-UCLA highlight this week's Pac-12 schedule. All games Saturday. All lines (in parentheses) are for entertainment and gambling purposes only, and come courtesy of VegasInsider.com. And, as always, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post later today.
Last week: 2-2 straight-up, 1-3 against the spread.
Season: 60-18 straight-up, 39-31-2 against the spread.
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Washington State at Arizona State, 10 a.m., Pac-12 Networks (ASU by 16) -- Can see this game going any number of ways. Last time the Cougars visited Tempe, they were obliterated. The same thing happened last season when these teams met in Pullman on Halloween. And while WSU's offense is just as capable of scoring with Luke Falk at quarterback as it was when Connor Halliday was still playing, I don't think the Sun Devils -- coming off a tough upset loss in Corvallis -- are going to lose to WSU at home with the Pac-12 South title still on the line. That spread, though, is tricky. The pick: ASU 38, WSU 30.
Arizona at Utah, 12:30 p.m., ESPN (Utah by 4.5) -- It's doubtful the Wildcats will win this game if they play like they did last week against the Huskies. And while Arizona is still clinging to Pac-12 South title hopes, too, it seems their luck is just about due to run out. Plus, I think Utah's pass rush is going to give Anu Solomon fits. The pick: Utah 20, Arizona 17.
Stanford at California, 1 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Stanford by 6) -- Does anybody want to finish second in the Pac-12 North? If the Golden Bears pull off the upset, they'll assure that no North division team will end the season with fewer than five conference losses. And who knew this game would feature a matchup of 5-5 teams still trying to get bowl eligible? Could end up missing wildly with this one, but I like Jared Goff and Cal's offense to do just enough to pull off a Big Game upset. The pick: California 28, Stanford 27.
Colorado at Oregon, 1:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Oregon by 32.5) -- The spread here is just high enough to make me consider predicting a Colorado cover ... until I remember watching Shaq Thompson run through all those arm tackles in Boulder. Doubt the Buffaloes will fare much better against Royce Freeman, Byron Marshall and the gang. The pick: Oregon 52, Colorado 17.
USC at UCLA, 5 p.m., ABC (UCLA by 3.5) -- The toughest pick of the week. Ultimately, I think USC's running game, combined with the Cody Kessler-to-Nelson Agholor connection, keeps UCLA's defense on the field long enough to wear the Bruins down. Should be a fun one. The pick: USC 31, UCLA 27.
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