Already off to a rather inaccurate start this week, as I picked USC to cover a 17-point spread against the Huskies in a game the Huskies ultimately won, 17-12. So maybe hold off on sprinting to your local bookie with this next batch.
All games Saturday. All lines, as always, are courtesy of VegasInsider.com, and are for entertainment purposes only, unless you’d prefer to not be entertained. It’s your life, man.
Last week: 3-1 straight-up, 3-1 against the spread.
Season: 33-12 straight-up, 22-14-1 against the spread (not counting the UW-USC game, which will be reflected in next week’s totals)
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Oregon State at Arizona, 1 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Arizona by 10) -- With Anu Solomon expected to start at quarterback for the Wildcats, I think Arizona should be able to control this one, even if OSU had an extra week to prepare and showed some spunk at times against Stanford. The pick: Arizona 35, OSU 24.
Washington State at Oregon, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Oregon by 17) -- Tricky point spread here. It would certainly help to know whether Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams will play, though that seemingly remains a bit of a mystery. WSU played a lot better last week against California, but the Cougars still fell victim to the kind of catastrophic errors that have defined the last decade or so of WSU football. And Oregon regained some fotting with a comfortable 41-24 victory at Colorado. The way the Ducks’ defense has played for much of this season, though, it’s hard to be certain of a 17-point cover against an offense as capable as WSU’s. The pick: Oregon 41, WSU 31.
Colorado at Arizona State, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (ASU by 15) -- Hard to know just what to think of the Sun Devils after they surprised everyone with a pretty impressive win last week over UCLA. Don’t see them losing at home to the Buffaloes, though. The pick: ASU 35, Colorado 17.
California at Utah, 7 p.m., ESPN (Utah by 7) -- It’s a matchup of the Pac-12’s top better-than-anticipated teams. And I think California, which still hasn’t played a really tough opponent, will get exposed a little bit on the road against a tough defense. The Utes continue to roll. The pick: Utah 31, California 21.
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