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
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)
» Transcript: Fan chat during the Arizona vs. California football game
» UA football: WR Jones honored by Pac-12
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» To beat UCLA, Sun Devils must put heat on QB
» ASU has prominent role in NCAA Final Four bid
» Devils expect QB Brett Hundley to play for UCLA
» Ex-ASU RB Marion Grice signs with Cardinals
California (East Bay Tribune)
» Jeff Kent provides women's scholarship endowment to Cal athletics
» Grading Cal's 49-45 loss to Arizona
» Cal's game at Washington State on Oct. 4 to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
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
» Former Trail Blazer Caldwell Jones dies; Oregon Ducks football players dodge bottle on field: The Oregonian sports top 5
» College Football Playoff 2014: Competition for top spots heats up in Week 4 of the First Four Poll
» Canzano: Nick Aliotti on Ducks defense, "Sometimes you have to change the math, you have to put your neck out there"
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)
» Grading Stanford's week: Cardinal has a bye
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
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)
» Washington men's golf in sixth after two rounds of Husky Invitational
» UW opponent: Stanford
» Chris Petersen says UW needs âA' game starting Saturday against Stanford
» Jake Browning, standout California QB, will enroll at UW in January
Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Tuesday morning Pac-12 links
» Quoting Cracraft, Peterson and Eklund
» Utah: WSU game notes
» Mike Leach Monday press conference
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