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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)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: UA staff works hard for big crowd
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Rich Rod press conference after UNLV

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Film confirms Graham likes ASU's effort in opener
» Rewind: Looking back at ASU's win
» Flaws lifts Illinois soccer to win over ASU
» No. 19 ASU runs away for win to open year

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)
» 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
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start
» Garrett Grayson overcomes slow start to guide CSU Rams past CU Buffs

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Ducks, Beavers live updates, Canzano's column and more: The Oregonian's sports top 5
» Oregon Ducks coaches encouraged by Jeff Lockie's 11-of-12 performance against South Dakota
» Dwayne Stanford makes a statement in his return to the Oregon Ducks in win over South Dakota

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)
» Video: Jeff Lindquist, John Ross, Kasen Williams on Huskies' 17-16 win at Hawaii
» Chris Petersen's UW debut isn't pretty, but it's a start
» UW's Chris Petersen on 17-16 victory over Hawaii: 'I think it's going to be a big wakeup call'
» Washington ties a school record while winning volleyball tournament

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Sebastian LaRue back at practice
» EWU vs. University of Western Montana
» Lightning, rain wash out Idaho football opener at Florida
» Highlights from WSU player availability



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