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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)
» Rich Rodriguez on UTSA
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener
» UA football: Breaking down the wide receivers
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» VIDEO: Looking ahead to ASU's road game
» Goal-line stand highlights 1st look at defense
» How ASU's 2015 commits fared Friday night

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)
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» 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

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» The physical game is a pride issue for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks as No. 8 Michigan State comes to town
» Royce Freeman on being 'tentative,' performing better and first time playing at Autzen Stadium (video)
» Marcus Mariota on Michigan State, Royce Freeman and feeling good after a win (video)

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)
» Huskies announce that Cyler Miles will start at quarterback against Eastern Washington
» First look: Eastern Washington Eagles
» UW coach Chris Petersen on Cyler Miles, Hawaii and looking ahead to Eastern Washington
» Video: UW's John Ross, Hau'oli Kikaha, John Timu and Danny Shelton review Hawaii game

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» New depth chart for Nevada
» Labor Day is the right name for every day of the football season
» Another game week begins
» We always (over)react to college football's first full Saturday



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