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Picking the Pac-12: Where's the upset in this bunch of games?

Last week's picks: 8-2

Man, all we need is for Oregon to play Tennessee Tech every week (which, they practically did in the preseason, according to this awesome breakdown) and maybe the blog can continue to be as clairvoyant as last week. Our pick: Oregon 66, Tennessee Tech 14. Reality: Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14. Just sayin'. Let's hope for such accuracy this week although I will inevitably be felled by reluctance to pick an upset.

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Oregon State at No. 19 UCLA, 1:30 p.m., ABC

The last time the Beavers got two weeks to prepare for an opponent, it was against No. 13 Wisconsin and Oregon State pulled the upset. Will the Beavs have the same magic in the Rose Bowl? It's a tougher proposition given the road trip, and the simple fact that UCLA's offense, even if slowed by Oregon State's shut down defense, will score multiple times. Oregon State simply hasn't shown its offense is up to the task. The pick: UCLA 20, Oregon State 14

Colorado at Washington State, 2 p.m., FX

Until the Buffs prove they can do anything, they will get no respect. Washington State isn't in a significantly better position, but at least is trending upward after defeating UNLV in Vegas last week. Both teams are uncertain at quarterback, but this should be a break-through week for the Cougars who, suddenly, may be 3-1. The pick: Washington State 38, Colorado 17

California at No. 13 USC, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

The series between these teams has been heavily tilted in USC's favor and the Trojans are back home this week. After a stunning, frustrating loss at Stanford, USC has a lot to prove — and, let's not forget, the Trojans have some of the conference's best skill players. USC has holes, notably on the offensive line, but Cal (despite a strong showing at Ohio State last week) is not the team to exploit them. The pick: USC 42, Cal 17

Utah at Arizona State, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Arizona State's defense is quietly among the best in the Pac-12. Without knowing what Utah's situation is at running back, the Utes are likely facing its toughest test of the season. Arizona State's only loss came last week on the road at Missouri. Jon Hays can't be worse than he was last year against the Sun Devils, but even a turnover-free performance from the Utes' quarterback may not be enough. The pick: Arizona State 31, Utah 21

No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Arizona hasn't defeated a top 10 team on the road in nearly 20 years, although those are the kinds of statistics that have little bearing on this week's game, particularly considering Arizona has a new coach, new quarterback, new offense, new everything. The Ducks, as noted above, have not faced a quality opponent this year and may start slow out of the gates. If that happens, Arizona has a chance. But the Ducks are almost impossible to beat at Autzen. The pick: Oregon 49, Arizona 41.

— Bill Oram

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Wildcats Extra with Jon Gold and Daniel Berk
» Hansen: Wildcats, Maes succeeding in ultra-competitive Pac-12
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...basketball coaching not taking a break this offseason
» Who is winning the Arizona quarterback competition?

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Coroner: Cal player Ted Agu died from heart condition
» Cal football gets first two oral commitments for 2015
» Cuonzo Martin adds two former Tennessee assistants to Cal staff
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU's Spencer Dinwiddie to forgo senior year, enter NBA draft
» CU's Spencer Dinwiddie to declare NBA intentions
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Oregon lineman Arik Armstead purchases insurance policy worth more than $5 million
» Oregon basketball's key to recent NCAA Tournament success, the hardship transfer waiver, gets an NCAA makeover
» Pac-12 baseball week in review: Civil War edition

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» NCAA board endorses more power for big schools
» Storm guards Sue Bird and Temeka Johnson play each other for Russian title
» UW men fall to Oregon 4-2 in Pac-12 tennis championships
» These six Huskies helped themselves this spring

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» NFL seems to dominate all year these days
» Thursday morning Pac-12 links
» Eastern Sports chat, noon (Apr. 24)
» Petrino: UI has exceeded expectations



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