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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)
» UA football: Arizona trailing Cal 31-13 through three quarters
» Photos: Cal vs. Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
» Live fan chat during the Arizona vs. Cal football game

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» How ASU football's commits fared Friday night
» ASU soccer wins its sixth consecutive match
» Colorado State volleyball holds off ASU
» Following ASU coaches on the recruiting trail

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Cal to release report next week on how to improve athletes' classwork
» Fact box: Cal at Arizona
» Cal finds out Saturday if 2-0 start is for real

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
» No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 22 Clemson highlights college football top 25; Live updates: Full schedule, TV listings
» Utah vs. Michigan highlights Pac-12 football games; Live updates: Full schedule, TV listings
» No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars: Live updates

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 don't appear ready for Pac-12 play
» Huskies weather a dismal first half to run away from Georgia State in the second half, 45-14
» Video: UW's Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist after 45-14 victory over Georgia State
» UW's Chris Petersen: 'The first half was about as bad a football as I've been around maybe ever'

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU pregame chat
» Breaking the rules occasionally pays off
» Eastern football links
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