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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
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.<
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.