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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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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA football coaches, opponents, results since 1899
» UA football: Arizona scores on last play, defeats Cal 49-45
» Photos: Arizona 49, Cal 45
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Jordan Simone goes from walk-on to playmaker
» How ASU football's commits fared Friday night
» ASU soccer wins its sixth consecutive match
» Colorado State volleyball holds off ASU

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish
» 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

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
» Royce Freeman starts slow, gains steam in Oregon Ducks' 38-31 win over Washington State
» Willie Lyles returns to scouting after Oregon Ducks investigation
» Utah vs. Michigan highlights Pac-12 football games; Live updates: Full schedule, TV listings

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)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» 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

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)
» Video: UW's Danny Shelton, John Timu after victory over Georgia State
» Nelson, Meyers win Sundodger titles for Huskies
» 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

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Ohio drops Vandals to 0-3
» Balance highlights Chiefs' season-opening win
» WSU vs. Oregon
» WSU pregame chat



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