Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pac-12 Week 4 Predictions

Another week, another set of interesting results in the Pac-12 this past Saturday.

In particular, USC loses to Stanford - for the fourth year in a row! And conversely, wow...all of a sudden Stanford is looking better than projected. This throws both the Pac-12 North and Pac-12 South races into question. Doors are opening for both UCLA and other pretenders/contenders in the South while Stanford looks like a threat to Oregon in the North.

What will Week 4 bring? Here's what I think...

Oregon vs. Arizona in Eugene. This will be the first real test for the Ducks this season with a talented Arizona squad coming into Autzen. I think the Ducks will win, but they will show some vulnerabilities as they match up with a much better team than they've played to date. I say UO 28, UA 24.

Oregon State vs. UCLA in L.A. This one could be the best game of the week with both teams exceeding expectations so far this season. I'll give the nod to UCLA as it's a home game for them and from what I've heard they are really peaking early this season. I say Bruins win 36-21.

WSU vs. Colorado in Pullman. Neither team is particularly good, but Colorado is embarrassingly bad. WSU wins easily by the score of 31-6.

Cal vs. USC in L.A. Hmmm. Last week Cal just barely loses to Ohio State and USC loses to Stanford. One might think this is a setup for a great game...and no doubt the media will hype it. But, I say USC's talent edge, home field and motivation to get back on the winning track prevail and they actually win big - USC 44, Cal 17.

Utah vs. ASU in Tempe. Based on all evidence to date, this should be an evenly matched game. I say ASU 27, Utah 16.

Not playing this weekend: Stanford and Washington.

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