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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)
» Who is winning the Arizona quarterback competition?
» Witts' sister act a highlight of UA's first sand volleyball season
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Miller's good day
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra: UA football

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)
» Cal football gets first two oral commitments for 2015
» Cuonzo Martin adds two former Tennessee assistants to Cal staff
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Cal's Sonny Dykes gets advice from veteran coaches after 1-11 first season

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» 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

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Lane Roseberry and Oregon football's walk-ons remain upbeat despite their unknown football fate
» Track & Field News now has the Oregon women favored to win the NCAA Outdoor Championship
» Walter Thurmond: "I'm the best slot corner in the league"

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)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament

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 Bishop Sankey to debut on ESPN's 'Draft Academy' today
» Q&A with Lorenzo Romar, Part I
» Morning links: Wrapping up UW's spring season
» California avoids sweep, beats Huskies in baseball

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Spring Practice Report: Day 12
» Kent lands his first recruit
» Hawks hope Midas touch works with Pryor
» Tuesday morning Pac-12 links



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