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Pac-12 picks: No upsets in forecast

Utah is off until Thursday, so Ute fans can watch five Pac-12 games Saturday involving seven future opponents - and try to guess which time slot the Oct. 12 Utah-Stanford game will get. On to the picks:

Colorado at Oregon State, 1 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks

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Because of a postponement due to flooding in Boulder and a bye, Colorado has not played since Sept. 7. The Beavers, meanwhile, have been involved in tough, 60-minute (or longer) games the past two weeks. Colorado will have some passing success, but won't be able to stop OSU. Oregon State 38, Colorado 24.

Arizona at Washington, 5 p.m. MDT, Fox

This is an intriguing game, because Washington lost to the Wildcats by 35 points last October but is a solid favorite this time. There's sure to be a lot of offense in this game. The question is whether Arizona is genuinely ready to meet a quality opponent in a tough environment after its soft nonconference schedule. Washington 35, Arizona 21.

Stanford vs. Washington State (at Seattle), 8 p.m. MDT, ESPN

Is Stanford as dominant as it appeared for three quarters against Arizona State? Are the Cougars significantly improved? This game will offer some answers. Clearly, WSU has not faced a great offense yet. The Cardinal may fit that description. Stanford 31, Washington State 14.

USC at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN2

It's amazing to think that one of these Pac-12 South teams will come out of September with two conference losses, and there's a long way to go. Here's the crux of this game: Is ASU's defense bad enough to make USC's offense look good? Arizona State 24, USC 21.

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

Cal quarterback Jared Goff might put up some big numbers against the Ducks, but nothing like what the Oregon offense will produce. Oregon 52, California 28.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA football: On QBs, captains and facing UNLV
» UA football: On QBs, captains and facing UNLV
» Hansen: Friday night football
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Arizona football home openers

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Graham hopes Pac-12 has home in playoffs
» ASU vs. Weber State scouting report, pick
» Replay: ASU football chat with Doug Haller
» Where to watch Pac-12 Network in the Valley

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's Cameron Walker matures at cornerback
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy
» Cal football: Quarterback Jared Goff in control
» College football preview: Pac-12 Conference

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Kiszla: CU road to glory begins with winning at home
» CU Buffs' Chidobe Awuzie has versatility to help out in many places
» Saunders: Viewership will be limited for CU vs. CSU football game
» Dish joins networks set to broadcast Rocky Mountain Showdown on TV

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» College football top 25 updates: Full schedule, TV listings
» Before Oregon Ducks hope to control South Dakota, they'll tackle their nerves
» Pac-12 football updates: Full schedule, TV listings

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 prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers
» Stanford's Jordan Morris gets U.S. soccer call up from Klinsmann
» Stanford's Ty Montgomery expected to start opener
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy

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)
» Finding Hawaiian gems is just part of Keith Bhonapha's job
» Huskies make recruiting Hawaii a priority
» Huskies morning links: Kasen Williams says he's 'ready to go' against Hawaii
» Live chat at noon today to preview UW-Hawaii

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Idaho's Florida connection jazzed to go home again
» WSU pregame chat
» Ewu sports chat Aug. 28 (noon)
» You'll need some time to get through today's links



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