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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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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Wildcats prepare for game at No. 2 Oregon
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Strong season will help "Hill Mary" be remembered
» UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Rankings: Colleges by AZ high school players
» ASU looks ahead to USC game on Saturday
» Q&A with ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici
» ASU's Taylor Kelly "pretty questionable" for USC

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's Oct. 11 home game vs. Washington set for 3 p.m. kickoff
» Cal outlasts Colorado 59-56 in two overtimes
» Cal will change athletes' admission standards
» Matchup: Cal vs. Colorado

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
» Can Arizona put the hurt on the Oregon Ducks again? ... Nah. Issues & Answers
» Oregon Ducks will wear pink against Arizona in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month
» No. 2 Oregon Ducks to wear pink uniforms against Arizona

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)
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium
» San Jose family has deep roots in college football

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)
» Idaho star Destiny Slocum verbally commits to Washington
» Huskies morning links: Best class of Pac-12 quarterbacks ever?
» Seahawks silent, but fans find plenty to cheer
» Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference's best class ever?

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Wait, it's what time?
» Grading the Utah game
» Overcoming a big win
» Monday press conference: Mike Leach



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