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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)
» Hansen slideshow: 10 Tucson records that can't be topped
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens
» Wildcats earn academic honors
» Photos: UA's smartest athletes 2013-14

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Everything to know as ASU starts practice
» ASU No. 18 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll
» Ranking QBs in Coaches Poll: Where's Kelly?
» College football: Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Cal football's four most pressing issues
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Buffaloes searching for Annie Brunner's successor at goalkeeper position
» CU Buffs have realistic expectations ahead of 2014-15 football season
» Former CU Buff Chris Copeland enjoys NBA after years of overseas play
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Duck Tommy Thorpe can't quite leave Oregon as his professional career begins
» Oregon Ducks scratch-and-sniff tickets, Will Barton gets contract guarantee: Oregonian Sports Top 5 at 5
» Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers athletes bond with cancer survivors on special fishing trip
» Pundits pick apart value of preseason polls: Pac-12 roundup

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Stanford needs to find replacement for RB Tyler Gaffney
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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)
» Huskies ranked No. 25 in preseason coaches poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Drew Loftus arrested for assault
» Steve Gleason will be inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame
» No. 1 Eastern opens fall camp
» Mike Leach talks about the Cougars before camp



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