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Pac-12 picks, Week 4: Two conference games make things interesting (sort of)

Can California continue its surprisingly hot start? Can Washington State slow the Marcus Mariota Machine? Will anyone ever again pick a Steve Sarkisian-coached team to cover on the road?

Two of those questions will be answered this week. Here are our picks for this week's games, with all lines courtesy of VegasInsider.com. Lines (in parentheses) are for entertainment and gambling purposes only. As always, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post on Friday.

Last week: 7-1 straight-up, 2-5 against the spread

Season: 27-4 straight-up, 12-13 against the spread

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Hawaii at Colorado, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks (Colorado by 7) -- This would be a much more difficult outcome to predict if the Rainbow Warriors' bruising running back, Joey Iosefa, hadn't injured his ankle last week. Beating a Pac-12 team on the road without him will be difficult, even if it is just Colorado. The pick: Colorado 30, Hawaii 27.

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Utah at Michigan, 12:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2 (Michigan by 5.5) -- Fun fact: Michigan scored 52 points in a season-opening win over Appalachian State, then was shut out a week later by Notre Dame. I sense a close game here. But logic won't let me pick the Utes to win in the Big House. The pick: Michigan 24, Utah 17.

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California at Arizona, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Arizona by 10) -- This line feels a little high, if only because of California's newfound competence. Don't think the Wildcats' defense is great, either, and the Golden Bears have had two weeks to prepare. The pick: California 34, Arizona 31.

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Oregon at Washington State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Oregon by 23.5) -- The Cougars are catching the Ducks at either a horrible time or the perfect time -- some of WSU's best performances in recent years have been born from uncertainty. But this Oregon team is too good, and WSU's defense is too weak, to expect much of a contest. Connor Halliday could always throw for 600 yards, though, so it should be worth watching. The pick: Oregon 58, Washington State 31.

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San Diego State at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Oregon State by 9.5) -- Aztecs gave North Carolina a game last week. They'll do the same to OSU, but the Beavers should win. The pick: Oregon State 34, San Diego State 28.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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