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Pac-12: Predictions for Week 8

Published October 19, 2011 9:25 pm

College football • Bruins, Bears, Trojans, Cardinal and Cougs should win
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Welcome to our weekly predictions for the Pac-12 Conference, where … oh, will you shut up?!

UCLA at Arizona (-4), Thursday, 7 p.m. — Both teams are coming off a bye, but the Wildcats have a new coach who doesn't scream 'em stupid. Plus, a dangerous passing game to counter the Bruins on the ground. Arizona 38, UCLA 35.

No. 9 Oregon at Colorado (+31), 1:30 p.m. - No way the Ducks are going to play injured LaMichael James or Darron Thomas in this one, right? Heck, they might as well just leave them home, for all they'll need them. Oregon 55, Colorado 17.

Utah at Cal (-2 1/2), 5 p.m. — What happens when two teams that can't catch a break meet? Turnovers, probably, and some special teams disasters. Both defenses have been playing pretty well, though. Cal 22, Utah 20.

USC at Notre Dame (-8 1/2), 5:30 p.m. — An injured Marc Tyler isn't going to make it any easier for the Trojans to exact revenge for that painful loss last season, especially at night against a team starting to find its stride. Notre Dame 27, USC 24.

No. 22 Washington at No. 7 Stanford (-20 1/2), 6 p.m. — The Huskies are a great little story, and fun to watch. But they've made their money so far on mediocre opponents, and the Cardinal are definitely not one of those. Stanford 52, Washington 30.

Oregon State vs. Washington State (-3) in Seattle, 8:30 p.m. — If the Cougars want to reach a bowl game, they're going to have to win games like this one; so important they're playing it in the big city. Washington State 38, Oregon State 21.

Incidentally, it's worth noting that we're pretty good picking everybody expect the Utes and Beavers. Of our six losses so far, five have involved those teams.

Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 25-6