Pac-12 picks: Halloween could produce a real thriller
This is a weird week in the Pac-12, with only four games scheduled and four teams off. What’s more, two of the games are booked for Thursday and Friday. That’s the nature of college football in 2013, one of those years when teams have 14 weeks to play 12 games. On to the picks:
Arizona State at Washington State, 8:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN
This is an intriguing game for Utah fans, involving two of the Utes’ next three opponents. Something similar occurred Oct. 10, when USC hosted Arizona — and then both teams beat Utah this month.
In any case, this is a defining game for each team. ASU needs to win to stay alone atop the Pac-12 South and the Cougars need every victory they can get for bowl eligibility. It’s difficult to imagine this being anything other than a wild adventure in Pullman, lasting late into Halloween Night. Arizona State 50, Washington State 38.
USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m. MDT, ESPN2
This is the worst team USC has taken to Corvallis in a long time, which is bad sign. Some very good Trojan teams have lost in their last three appearances at Reser Stadium. USC’s defense should be strong enough to subdue the Beavers’ great offense, particularly if the Trojans can pressure quarterback Sean Mannion as much as Stanford did. But USC probably lacks enough offense to keep up with OSU. Oregon State 24, USC 17.
Arizona at California, 1:30 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks
Arizona’s win over Utah has some merit, considering the Utes were coming off an upset of Stanford. Otherwise, the Wildcats can become bowl-eligible this weekend via an unimpressive set of three nonconference wins, plus defeats of Colorado and Cal. The Bears might be able to put up some points against Arizona, but the league’s worst defense won’t be able to stop B.J. Denker, Ka’Deem Carey and the Wildcat offense. Arizona 45, California 24.
Colorado at UCLA, 5:30 p.m. MDT, Fox Sports 1
The Buffaloes like to think they’re competing for bowl eligibility at 3-4, but there’s only one California on their schedule. The biggest variable in this game is the mind-set of the Bruins, after losses at Stanford and Oregon. The offense scored a total of 24 points in those games. UCLA remains on track for a big season and can win the South title, but only if the offense gets cranked up again. UCLA 35, Colorado 17.
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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
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» ASU football falls in polls after loss to Stanford
California (East Bay Tribune)
» For Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, a long strange trip
» Cal falls just short of College Cup, loses to Maryland
» College basketball: Cal men lose to Santa Barbara
» Missy Franklin helps Cal dominate Winter Nationals
Colorado (Denver Post)
» Bill McCartney keeps standing on the rock as life keeps changing
» CU Buffs men's basketball rank 21st, first time both teams in poll since '97
» Askia Booker hits buzzer 3-pointer for CU Buffs' win over Kansas
» Bill McCartney's next mission is in Detroit, his former home
Oregon (The Oregonian)
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» Bowl game swag: iPad Minis for Ducks, sunglasses and aloha shirts for Beavers
» Oregon slips to No. 15 in AP college basketball top 25
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU rugby: Men's, women's team both headed to National Sevens tournament
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» OSU announces hire for compliance position
» OSU volleyball: Ducks have upper hand in season's 1st meeting between rivals
Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» For Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, a long strange trip
» Wilner on college football: San Jose State's bowl snub should not have been a surprise
» Rose Bowl matches similar teams in Stanford, Michigan State
» Stanford Cardinal headed back to Rose Bowl
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)
» Video: Chris Petersen's UW press conference
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» Live chat: Chris Petersen's press conference
» Watch Chris Petersen's introductory press conference and join our chat at noon today
Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» It was a loss but it was not a bad loss
» Monday morning Pac-12 links
» New Mexico Bowl Tickets
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