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Pac-12 picks: Big Saturday in Oregon

It's a big Saturday in the Willamette Valley, with Oregon hosting UCLA and Stanford visiting Oregon State in seven consecutive hours of ESPN programming in the evening. And it all starts early in the morning with ESPN's "GameDay" crew in Eugene. The combined records of these four teams is 24-3, so it will be a defining day for everybody involved. On to the picks:

Utah at USC, 2 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks

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Competing theories are in play for Utah at the Coliseum. The Utes went 5-1 the past two seasons against schools that would fire their coach at the end of the year, or already had done so. And now they face USC with an interim coach. Then again, the Utes are 3-7 on the road as conference members, and each of those road wins required some good breaks. They're also only 3-9 against Pac-12 South rivals. Utah should match up well with USC's physical nature, much like the Stanford game. The biggest variable is the health of these teams; Utah may have an edge if quarterback Travis Wilson's passing hand is fully functional. Utah 21, USC 17.

UCLA at Oregon, 5 p.m. MDT, ESPN

As was the case with UCLA-Stanford last week, this game loses some value with UCLA coming off a loss. But it will be intriguing, as UCLA coach Jim Mora and his defensive staff take their shots at stopping the Ducks' offense. The Bruins also will need a big performance from Brett Hundley's offense, after Stanford held UCLA to 266 total yards and 10 points. This should resemble a typical Oregon performance, in the end. Oregon 45, UCLA 24.

Arizona at Colorado, 6 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks

If Arizona finishes 6-6, the Wildcats will have traveled a very easy road to bowl eligibility. Their victory over Utah was meaningful, but their three nonconference wins were pretty much guaranteed and they get to play Colorado and California. The only intrigue here involves Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, who ran for 366 yards against the Buffaloes last season. Arizona 42, Colorado 28.

Stanford at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN

These teams staged a great game at Stanford last year, with the Cardinal winning 17-13. Look for more points this time, as OSU quarterback Sean Mannion tries to validate his amazing season against Stanford's defense. The Cardinal re-established themselves defensively in last week's defeat of UCLA and should be able to overpower the Beavers on offense, but this will be another good one. Stanford 28, Oregon State 24.

California at Washington, 9 p.m. MDT, Fox Sports 1

Cal arrives just in time on Washington's schedule. The Huskies are reeling after three straight losses, including a 53-24 defeat at Arizona State last weekend. Falling to Stanford and Oregon while being competitive was acceptable, but Washington crumbled in Tempe. Cal, meanwhile, keeps having stretches of games where everything falls apart. Washington 35, California 17.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Rich Rodriguez on UTSA
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener
» UA football: Breaking down the wide receivers
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Todd Graham says discipline can slow triple-option
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» VIDEO: Looking ahead to ASU's road game
» Goal-line stand highlights 1st look at defense

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs aim to fix defensive alignment issues to fix run defense
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» The physical game is a pride issue for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks as No. 8 Michigan State comes to town
» Royce Freeman on being 'tentative,' performing better and first time playing at Autzen Stadium (video)
» Marcus Mariota on Michigan State, Royce Freeman and feeling good after a win (video)

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 overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers

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)
» With suspension over, Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles gets nod to start
» Husky men eye deep run in NCAA soccer
» First look: Eastern Washington Eagles
» UW coach Chris Petersen on Cyler Miles, Hawaii and looking ahead to Eastern Washington

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Cyrus Coen returns to the practice field
» New depth chart for Nevada
» Labor Day is the right name for every day of the football season
» Another game week begins



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