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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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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: UA staff works hard for big crowd
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Rich Rod press conference after UNLV

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Film confirms Graham likes ASU's effort in opener
» Rewind: Looking back at ASU's win
» Flaws lifts Illinois soccer to win over ASU
» No. 19 ASU runs away for win to open year

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start
» Garrett Grayson overcomes slow start to guide CSU Rams past CU Buffs

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Ducks, Beavers live updates, Canzano's column and more: The Oregonian's sports top 5
» Oregon Ducks coaches encouraged by Jeff Lockie's 11-of-12 performance against South Dakota
» Dwayne Stanford makes a statement in his return to the Oregon Ducks in win over South Dakota

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers

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 Hawaii
» Video: Jeff Lindquist, John Ross, Kasen Williams on Huskies' 17-16 win at Hawaii
» Chris Petersen's UW debut isn't pretty, but it's a start
» UW's Chris Petersen on 17-16 victory over Hawaii: 'I think it's going to be a big wakeup call'

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Sebastian LaRue back at practice
» EWU vs. University of Western Montana
» Lightning, rain wash out Idaho football opener at Florida
» Highlights from WSU player availability



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