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Pac-12 picks: Home teams appear solid

This week's Pac-12 schedule falls between last week's North showdown between Stanford and Oregon and next week's South battle between UCLA and Arizona State. But all six games are compelling in their own way. On to the picks:

Friday's game

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Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m. MST, ESPN2

Washington has recovered by beating California and Colorado, but now the Huskies return to the conference's upper tier, where they have not fared as well. UCLA needs to win to stay on track for next week's meeting with Arizona State. I just don't trust the Huskies on the road. UCLA 31, Washington 21.

Saturday's games

Washington State at Arizona, Noon MST, Pac-12 Networks

Arizona has done just enough against a soft schedule to become bowl-eligible, while WSU remains in contention at 4-5, but will have to do something out of the ordinary to reach six wins. The Cougars were making progress this season until being overwhelmed by Arizona State in their last game. Will Arizona be any different? Just slightly so. Arizona 35, Washington State 24.

Utah at Oregon, 2 p.m. MST, Fox Sports 1

Utah's ability to slow down Arizona State and Oregon's offensive struggles in a loss to Stanford have converged to make this game appear much more compelling than it did a week ago. Utah should not be overwhelmed by the Ducks, but actually winning at Autzen Stadium is another issue entirely. Oregon 34, Utah 17.

California at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Networks

Colorado can't be dismissed from the bowl-eligibility conversation at 30-6, but the real issue for these teams is neither has won a Pac-12 game since beating Washington State more than a year ago. Colorado seemed to be a notch above Cal until last week, when the Buffaloes were crushed by Washington. But the Bears are too beaten down. Colorado 38, California 31.

Stanford at USC, 6 p.m. MST, ABC

After staging another upset of Oregon, Stanford has to turn around and play the Pac-12's hottest team. USC is getting healthy and fulfilling its potential, and should be competitive in this prime-time network telecast. But the Cardinal are mature enough to handle success. Stanford 27, USC 21.

Oregon State at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona State hardly was at it best for three quarters last week at Utah, but steadies itself enough to escape with a 21-20 win. The Sun Devils probably were entitled to an off day, but they'll have to score more than 20 points to beat OSU. Meanwhile, the schedule is catching up to the Beavers, who might be glad they got to six wins as soon as they did. Arizona State 38, Oregon State 28.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Video collection: NBA decision day at McKale
» Greg Hansen's Video Notebook...why Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could be a top 10 draft pick next year
» Why Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson decided to stay
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...Gordon and Johnson may be gone, but Hollis-Jefferson is here to stay

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Cal names Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as new basketball coach
» New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin praised by mentor Gene Keady, others
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says
» Dick Yates, grandson of Richard Yates, trying to make mark at Colorado

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Oregon's Edward Cheserek and former Barlow High star Ryan Crouser remain on watch list for The Bowerman
» Oregon calls NCAA's unlimited food reform 'common sense' to aid walk-ons especially: Oregon Ducks spring practice
» Canzano: Pac-12 football coaching rankings throw water on Ducks, Beavers

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick
» Stanford's defense shows its dominance in spring game
» Cal Bears sweep Stanford in 120th Big Meet

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)
» UW's Damore'ea Stringfellow pleads guilty to assault of Seahawks fans; sentenced to five days on a work crew
» Washington adds Quevyn Winters
» Q&A with UW offensive line coach Chris Strausser
» Jahii Carson enters NBA draft

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Five Questions with Xavier Cooper
» Live WSU Chat
» One change causes more in Pullman
» Wednesday morning Pac-12 links



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