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:
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.
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.
Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Photos: Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat through the years
» Anu Solomon's record-breaking performance
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» UA football: On QBs, UTSA, rankings and more
Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Tuesday
» ASU football moves up to No. 17 in AP poll
» Amway Coaches Poll top 25 teams
» ASU football moves up 2 spots in Coaches Poll
California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal QB Luke Rubenzer keeps impressing Sonny Dykes
» Cal: Grading the Golden Bear' 31-24 victory against Northwestern
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs hope to rebound against Massachusetts
» CU Buffs "fired up" to play at UMass, atone for season-opening loss
» CU Buffs aim to fix defensive alignment issues to fix run defense
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Oregon Ducks' tight ends try to mend health and correct mistakes after 'encouraging' opener
» Mark Helfrich on comparing Michigan State to Stanford (video)
» Oregon Ducks' kicker job remains in flux after Matt Wogan isn't used in season opener
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's Shaw, USC's Sarkisian move on from disagreement
» Stanford: Grading the Cardinal's 45-0 romp past UC Davis
» Stanford: Cardinal coach Shaw says he, USC's Sarkisian have no animosity
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
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)
» Huskies aim high: A run at a national volleyball title
» Huskies' John Ross III is playing for his family
» Travis Feeney, a linebacker with 'incredible' upside, reclaims starting spot for the Huskies
» Video: UW's Pete Kwiatkowski says Eastern Washington's offense among best in nation
Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Cougars get a Nevada transfer
» The suspension, and suspense, continue
» Pac-12 power rankings: Week two
» Zags on ESPN networks at least 13 times
About Reader Comments
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account
. See more about comments here.