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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
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.<
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.