A week after making a statement by going a combined 5-1 against the ACC, Big Ten and SEC, only eight Pac-12 teams play during Week 4 of the 2013 college football season. After picking 8-of-10 games correctly last week, I’m now at 23-6 heading into this weekend. Here are my Pac-12 Football Predictions for Week 4:
Washington vs. Idaho State
Huskies quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey have racked up a combined 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns in the first two games. Meanwhile, the defense only allowed 30 points and 673 total yards against Boise State and Illinois. This game shouldn’t be close.
USC vs. Utah State
This was the hardest game to pick for me. The Trojans have a tendency to play to their opponent’s level, as shown by their performances against Hawaii and Washington State. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has gotten a lot of attention as a potential Heisman candidate after posting 1,110 yards and 13 touchdowns in three games. But the Aggies defense is pretty good too, as they rank 13th in the country in yards allowed per game. I’d be pretty surprised if this game doesn’t come down to the wire.
Stanford vs. Arizona State
This is another potential upset game as the Cardinal offense, which has relied on the run through two games this season, faces a strong Sun Devils front-seven. On the other side of the ball, however, Stanford has more than enough to stop Arizona State’s offense. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan will have to step up if the Cardinal want to escape with a victory.
Oregon State at San Diego State
The Beavers will look to extend their winning streak to three games after a disappointing opening-season loss to Eastern Washington. A week after going to overtime with Utah, Oregon State faces an Aztecs team that has been outscored 82-26 by Ohio State and Eastern Illinois. With running back Storm Woods injured, beavers quarterback Sean Mannion may hit 400-plus yards passing for the third time this season.
Pick: Oregon State
Utah at BYU
The Utes travel to Provo, Utah a week after a devastating overtime loss against Oregon State. The Cougars are 17-3 at LaVell Edwards Stadium since 2010, which includes a 40-21 thrashing of Texas a couple weeks ago. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill doesn’t do much with his arm, but has 301 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in two games. Utah quarterback Travis Wilson, who has accounted for 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns through three games, will need help from his supporting cast if the Utes want to win this interstate rivalry game.
UCLA vs. New Mexico State
The Bruins are looking like they’re going to run away with the Pac-12 South early in the season. Quarterback Brett Hundley has 692 total yards and seven touchdowns in two games, while linebacker Anthony Barr has 15 tackles and two forced fumbles. The Aggies, who have lost to Texas, Minnesota and UTEP by a combined 93 points, really have no chance in this one.
Washington State vs. Idaho
Barring any surprises, the Cougars should already match last season’s win total in Week 4. A year removed from going 1-11, the Vandals have lost to North Texas, Wyoming and Northern Illinois by a combined 127-51 score to begin the season. Washington State should have no problem in this one.
Pick: Washington State
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