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Pac-12 picks: Stanford over Beavers; Huskies over Utah

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Today is a weird scheduling day in Pac-`12 football, with three games in the early afternoon and three in the late-night window. The better slate of games actually is in the earlier period. On to the picks:

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Colorado at Arizona, 11:30 a.m. MST

The only real intrigue in this game involves how Arizona will play without quarterback Matt Scott, who's listed as doubtful with a concussion. Scott's absence simply would mean a bigger workload for running back Ka'Deem Carey. Arizona 42, Colorado 21.

Arizona State at USC, 1 p.m. MST

The circus that is USC football continues. This is a critical game for the Trojans, trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2001 and dodge the distractions of the deflated football controversy from last week's loss to Oregon. I'm giving the Trojans one last chance. USC 35, Arizona State 28.

Oregon State at Stanford, 1 p.m. MST

This is a fascinating game, matching OSU's capable offense against Stanford's imposing defense. There's also the weird convergence of two highly ranked teams that have changed quarterbacks recently. OSU is the trendy pick as an underdog, but I still like the Cardinal. Stanford 28, Oregon State 24.

Utah at Washington, 8:30 p.m. MST

While still trying to figure out why Utah is favored, I'm anticipating a good game in Seattle. It's a big test for Utah freshman quarterback Travis Wilson, who has looked comfortable in two home victories. Bottom line, it's tough to picture Utah doing what Oregon State and Stanford could not do in Seattle. Washington 17, Utah 14.

Oregon at California, 8:30 p.m. MST

Oregon is attractive, sure, but otherwise, I'm puzzled by ESPN would select this game. Cal is struggling and this one will be over early. Oregon 56, Cal 24.

UCLA at Washington State, 8:30 p.m. MST

UCLA rather quietly has moved into the Pac-12 South lead, while WSU is looking for its first conference victory. That's unlikely to come tonight. The Cougars' only hope is that UCLA is looking ahead to next week's game with USC. Even then, the Bruins should be in good shape. UCLA 42, Washington State 24.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener
» UA football: Breaking down the wide receivers
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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Todd Graham says discipline can slow triple-option
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» VIDEO: Looking ahead to ASU's road game
» Goal-line stand highlights 1st look at defense

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» The physical game is a pride issue for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks as No. 8 Michigan State comes to town
» Royce Freeman on being 'tentative,' performing better and first time playing at Autzen Stadium (video)
» Marcus Mariota on Michigan State, Royce Freeman and feeling good after a win (video)

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
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» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers

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)
» Husky men eye deep run in NCAA soccer
» With suspension over, Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles gets nod to start
» First look: Eastern Washington Eagles
» UW coach Chris Petersen on Cyler Miles, Hawaii and looking ahead to Eastern Washington

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Cyrus Coen returns to the practice field
» New depth chart for Nevada
» Labor Day is the right name for every day of the football season
» Another game week begins



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