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Pac-12 picks: USC, Oregon, Utah

The Pac-12 South title will be decided, Oregon can remain in contention for the national championship and Arizona State and Utah can become the conference’s eighth and ninth bowl-eligible teams.

It’s mid-November, and this league is getting interesting. Saturday’s picks:

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Washington at Colorado, 11:30 a.m. MST, FX

Washington put together its most complete effort of the season in beating Utah last weekend, and now the Huskies have a good shot at an 8-4 record. Must be nice, to be bowl-eligible and now face the league’s two worst teams. Washington 42, Colorado 21.

Washington State at Arizona State, 1 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Networks

The Sun Devils are reeling, just as they were last season when a loss at WSU proved costly. WSU actually showed signs of life in the second half of last week’s loss to UCLA, but it is awfully difficult to picture the Cougars winning in Tempe. Arizona State 31, Washington State 21.

USC at UCLA, 1 p.m. MST, Fox

The crosstown rivalry has relevance. This game should be fun, with two teams that have turned out to be quite evenly matched. USC’s season has been disappointing and the Bruins have overachieved, but I’m sticking with the favored Trojans. USC 35, UCLA 28.

Stanford at Oregon, 6 p.m. MST, ABC

Oregon has served as the big test for every Pac-12 opponent, and nobody has measured up to the Ducks. Why should Stanford be any different? Obviously, the Cardinal defense is outstanding, but stopping the Ducks is another issue entirely. Cal coach Jeff Tedford made a good observation about how Oregon’s offense can be slowed at times, but the Ducks adjust to the defensive scheme and score in spurts. It will happen again at some point Saturday. Oregon 45, Stanford 28.

Arizona at Utah, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Like just about every game involving Arizona, this contest comes down to one basic question: Would you rather have a great offense and lousy defense or a good defense and a bad offense? The Utes’ problem is their supposedly great defense was absent at Washington, allowing 437 total yards. Coach Kyle Whittingham has a knack for getting his guys to respond in tough situations, salvaging the season. Needing two wins for bowl eligibility, the Utes should come through. Utah 28, Arizona 24.

California at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Networks

This is Cal’s last game of the season after playing 12 consecutive weeks. Whether it marks the end of Tedford’s tenure is subject to discussion. Oregon State 24, Cal 17.

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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)
» 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.
» Cal's Sonny Dykes gets advice from veteran coaches after 1-11 first season

Colorado (Denver Post)
» 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
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» If health permits, Oregon Ducks plan a full game format for May 3 spring game
» Oregon's Marcus Mariota tells why he returned for another season (video)
» Oregon Ducks ready for 'hostile' environment as Civil War heads to Goss Stadium (college baseball notes)

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)
» UW men fall to Oregon 4-2 in Pac-12 tennis championships
» These six Huskies helped themselves this spring
» UW's Bishop Sankey to debut on ESPN's 'Draft Academy' today
» Q&A with Lorenzo Romar, Part I

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Petrino: UI has exceeded expectations
» WSU to host Eastern in 2018
» Vijil helping train Shock players
» The changing of the guard continues



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