Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pac-12 Week 2 Predictions

It was an interesting first week in Pac-12 play. The only real surprise was Oregon State losing at home to second division Eastern Washington. Wow. Oregon State has a habit of starting seasons very poorly and steadily improving over the ensuing weeks. We'll see if they can bounce back from this embarrassing defeat.

Other than that, favorites or home teams performed as expected. Here is what I think will happen in Week 2 of the season...

Oregon (1-0 overall) vs. Virginia at Charlottesville, VA. The Ducks will face a better opponent than last week and this one is on the road. However, I fully expect Oregon to roll big against an overmatched UVA squad. I'll say UO 38-UVA 17.

Oregon State (0-1) vs. Hawaii in Corvallis. Another home game against a supposedly inferior team. We saw what happened to the Beavers last week. I think Eastern Washington is better than Hawaii though. I expect the Beavers to win this one 27-21.

WSU (0-1) vs. USC in L.A. The Cougs have a tough start to their season having to play Auburn on the road in Week 1 and then travel to USC in Week 2. The Trojans will win this one 38-20.

Stanford (0-0) vs. San Jose State at Palo Alto. Stanford sat out last week, but gets things going this week with an easy win over local school SJS - Cardinal win 49-10.

Cal (0-1) vs. Portland State at Berkley. Cal gets better after loosing to a good Northwestern squad by beating up on a lower division opponent. Cal 31-PSU 13.

Arizona (1-0) vs. UNLV in Las Vegas. Arizona keeps it going with another win. UA 36-UNLV 16.

Utah (1-0) vs. Weber State in Utah. Utah is not a good Pac-12 football team. But they're better than Weber State. They win 27-21.

ASU (0-0) vs. Sacramento State in Tempe. ASU gets going on a strong note with a dominating win to start their season. ASU 49-Sac State 23.

Colorado (1-0) vs. Central Arkansas in Boulder. CU looked as good as they have in several years last weekend in beating in-state rival Colorado State. And guess what? Despite whatever troubles they've had, they are better than Central Arkansas. They will win 27-10.

Washington and UCLA sit out the action this week as both teams have a bye week Sept. 7.

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