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Pac-12 picks, Week 11: Can Oregon survive Rice-Eccles?

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

Season: 54-15 straight-up, 33-28-2 against the spread.

All lines (in parentheses) for entertainment and gambling purposes only. All games Saturday. And, as always, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post later today.

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Notre Dame at Arizona State, 12:30 p.m., ABC (ASU by 2.5) -- This is a game the Sun Devils had to fight hard to preserve, as Notre Dame wanted out of the agreement to visit Tempe. But here the Irish come, and they're catching ASU at the worst time. ASU keeps its slim playoff hopes alive for another week with another narrow victory in another slugfest at home. The pick: ASU 28, Notre Dame 20.

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Washington State at Oregon State, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (OSU by 8) -- Before the season began, this was certainly a game the Cougars figured they had to win to become bowl eligible. At 2-7 through the first nine games of a disastrous season, that's obviously out of the question, and with backup quarterback Luke Falk now at the helm of Mike Leach's Air Raid offense, the Cougars are playing for something resembling pride. OSU still harbors postseason hopes, and after losing at home to California last week, the Beavers are desperate for a victory over one of the few remaining teams it really should beat. They'll get it, though something tells me WSU won't make it easy. The pick: OSU 35, WSU 31.

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Colorado at Arizona, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Arizona by 17) -- The Wildcats don't have a Shaq Thompson to run through the Buffaloes' defense. But they do have Anu Solomon, Cayleb Jones and Terris Jones-Grigsby. And a bunch of other guys Colorado probably won't tackle very well, either. The pick: Arizona 48, Colorado 28.

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Oregon at Utah, 7 p.m., ESPN (Oregon by 8.5) -- The Ducks have struggled before against physical defensive fronts, and the Utes certainly qualify. If Nate Orchard and the rest of "Sack Lake City," as their pass-rush is known, can stall drives by sacking Marcus Mariota a time or five, the Utes might be able to hang around into the fourth quarter. But does anyone really believe Mariota is going to let Oregon lose this game? The pick: Oregon 31, Utah 20.

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

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