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.
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.<