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Pac-12 picks: USC over USU, Utah over BYU

This is a weird weekend in the Pac-12. Saturday's schedule pits two the Washington schools against two Idaho teams, while USC and UCLA host opponents named the Aggies. Four schools are off, and there's only one intra-conference game - but it's a good one. On to the picks:

Idaho State at Washington, 1 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks.

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This game will decided in time for someone to drive to Pullman and make the Washington State-Idaho kickoff. Washington 59, Idaho State 7.

Utah State at USC, 1:30 p.m. MDT, ABC

This was scheduled as a "money" game, but so were USU's visits to Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Auburn and Wisconsin in recent years, and those turned into genuine four-quarter contests. This one should fit that description, although BYU's defense held USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton to three points last year and the Trojans' improved unit should be in that class. Conversely, USC's offense will struggle to top 24 points, so this one should be close. USC 24, Utah State 17.

Arizona State at Stanford, 5 p.m. MDT, Fox

Stanford hardly was overwhelming at Army last weekend, while ASU outplayed Wisconsin - which is not to say the Sun Devils deserved to win, profiting as they did from officiating errors at the end. In any case, this is the country's best matchup of the day, with Stanford's defense trying to slow down ASU's fast-paced attack. Actually, it should resemble the ASU-Wisconsin game. Stanford 33, Arizona State 32.

Oregon State at San Diego State, 5:30 p.m. MDT, CBS Sports Network.

Mike Riley will enjoy returning to Qualcomm Stadium with a superior team, having formerly coached the San Diego Chargers. Oregon State 44, San Diego State 24.

Utah at BYU, 8:15 p.m. ESPN2

The rivalry will take two years off after this meeting, which means BYU will go from 2009 until at least 2016 without beating the Utes. BYU was very impressive against Texas, but the Utes will have sound defensive strategy. Utah 24, BYU 21.

New Mexico State at UCLA, 8:30 p.m.. Pac-12 Networks.

Unlike driving across Washington, it would be tough to get from the Coliseum to the Rose Bowl in time for this kickoff. Regardless, this game will not be nearly as intriguing as USC-Utah State. UCLA 50, New Mexico State 14.

Idaho at Washington State, 8:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network.

These schools are separated by eight miles and, as of Saturday night, 28 points. Washington State 38, Idaho 10.

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» UA football: QB Patterson decommits from Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Tucson's streetcar leads to soccer
» UA football: 3-star lineman commits to Cats

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football overview: Defensive backs
» Why is Sendek watching film of VCU, Louisville?
» ASU adds linebacker from Purdue
» Randall expected to compete for All-Pac-12 honors

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Internazionale Milan scores 3-2 shootout victory over Real Madrid
» Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches final of World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour hired as Penn State AD

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks
» Changes in college football a cause of excitement and concern
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks target Josh Sweat becomes ESPN's top-ranked football prospect, joining other future Ducks on the rise
» Oregon Ducks opponent preview: Washington State brings back its passing attack
» Report: Oregon Ducks' freshman Ray Kasongo denied admission: Oregon rundown
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local sports digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh captures World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches final of World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Stanford's Carol Zhao advances in Bank of the West tennis qualifying

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)
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Huskies to open three fall-camp practices to the public
» Mike Anderson stars in summer-league game
» UW releases another teaser video

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Washington works on body, mind
» Wednesday WSU chat
» To paraphrase Frank, it was a very good day
» Catching up in time for fall camp



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