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Pac-12 picks: Cougars over Utah, UCLA over Arizona State

This is one of the Pac-12's few six-game Saturdays of the 2013 season, and it's a good schedule. Whether teams are playing for the South division title, the Axe, bowl eligibility or simply positive momentum, there's something at stake in every game. On to the picks:

Utah at Washington State, 1:30 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Networks

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Washington State has come a long way since last November's 49-6 loss at Utah and can earn that elusive sixth victory. The Utes, meanwhile, are right where they were at this time last year, needing two wins for bowl eligibility. They lost to Arizona then, and they'll lose to the Cougars now. Washington State 28, Utah 21.

Oregon at Arizona, 1:30 p.m. MST, ABC

I've been saying all season that Arizona's path to six wins included little resistance, and the Wildcats are stumbling to the finish after becoming bowl-eligible. Oregon is back in play for the North title, and shouldn't stumble in Tucson. Oregon 42, Arizona 28.

California at Stanford, 2 p.m. MST, Fox Sports 1

Sorry, but there's not much to say about the Big Game. Stanford 42, Cal 14.

Arizona State at UCLA, 5 p.m. MST, Fox

OK, picking games can be difficult, but getting past scores correct shouldn't be that tough. UCLA indeed beat ASU 45-43 last season, even if I had the result backward as of earlier this week. In any case, UCLA should assert itself at the Rose Bowl against the Sun Devils, whi have lost their offensive firepower lately. UCLA 34, Arizona State 27.

USC at Colorado, 7:30 p.m. MST, Pac-12 Networks

It will be dark and cold when this game kicks off in Boulder, providing unpleasant conditions for the Trojans. But USC shouldn't be fazed. Colorado is improving, and still playing for bowl eligibility, but the Trojans are rolling. USC 38, Colorado 21.

Washington at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m. MST, ESPN2

This game presents an opportunity for each six-win team to rise slightly above mediocrity. IT's especially important to the Beavers, considering they're unlikely to beat Oregon next week, while Washington would have a redemption opportunity against Washington State. The winner will become a good candidate to meet BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. OSU is fading, but the health of Huskies quarterback Keith Price is enough of a variable to give the Beavers a chance. Oregon State 27, Washington 24.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Renovated McKale 'really coming together'
» Wildcats: College football preview section
» UA football: On Bondurant, Hill and the quarterbacks
» Photos: UA sports Throwback Thursday Chase Budinger

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Friday
» Watch: Haller discusses Friday's practice
» Former top recruit Cox 'still learning' at ASU
» Harker to fill key role for ASU volleyball

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football: Safety Lowe shapes up, holds job
» Cal's goal in Dykes' second season is to establish running game
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Yuri Wright pushing his way up CU Buffs depth chart in return
» Colorado feels fortunate to have avoided a rash of preseason injuries
» Colorado senior receiver D.D. Goodson: not overlooked by coaches
» Colorado redshirt freshman Phillip Lindsay: two touchdown runs in scrimmage gave me confidence

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart scores twice for Carolina Panthers against Kansas City
» Q&A with Oregon Ducks' Matt Wogan, on adding weight and confidence in his kicks
» Oregon Ducks beat reporter Tyson Alger's favorite stories from fall camp
» College football 2014 preview: Linebackers and defensive backs to watch

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford football: Backup QB Evan Crower is ready, just in case
» Stanford football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

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)
» Jeff Lindquist will be starting quarterback in Huskies' opener
» Washington women's soccer opens with 4-1 victory over Kentucky
» Husky coach Chris Petersen is a perfectionist with a personal touch
» UW position battles: Dwayne Washington, Lavon Coleman to get bulk of carries for Huskies

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» The M's rallied and so did the fans
» Pac-12 morning links: Nugent remains undefeated
» No practice report, but some game notes
» Some things matter tonight, others don't



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