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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)
» UA football: On Gilbert, D-line and facing Cal
» UA football: On Gilbert, D-line and facing Cal
» Wildcats: Highlights from UA's Week 3 win
» UA football: Should Arizona schedule harder nonconference games?

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU soccer wins its sixth consecutive match
» Colorado State volleyball holds off ASU
» Following ASU coaches on the recruiting trail
» ASU football practice report from Thursday

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Fact box: Cal at Arizona
» Cal finds out Saturday if 2-0 start is for real
» Jeff Tedford's recruits finding delayed success at Cal
» Sonny Dykes: Cal's confidence rooted in hard work

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» How the Ducks could Coug it; dissecting Marcus Mariota's flip: The Oregonian sports top 5
» Jameis Winston: Florida State suspends quarterback for entire game against Clemson
» Why the Washington State Cougars can stop the Oregon Ducks: What they're saying in Washington

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» 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
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

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)
» Huskies win a top-five thriller
» UW women's soccer prevails
» Huskies play 'em one game at a time — because they have to
» UW GameDay

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Chiefs set to open WHL season at Tri-City again
» Gonzaga Prep defeats Mead 28-14
» Week four Pac-12 picks
» Just tell me who won



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