All of the Pac-12 teams are in action and playing conference games this upcoming weekend. After correctly picking 4-of-5 games last week, I’m now at 37-9 on the season. Here are my Pac-12 Football Predictions for Week 7:
USC vs. Arizona (Thursday)
As long as there is uncertainty at the quarterback position for Arizona, it’s tough for me to pick the Wildcats. Arizona just won’t be able to get through their Pac-12 schedule without a passing attack. Also, Wildcats fans can attest to the rejuvenation that comes as a result of playing under a new coach (See: Arizona vs. UCLA in 2011). I think that the injuries to the Trojans’ receivers and defense keep the game close, but USC’s superior talent is too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
Washington vs. Oregon
The Huskies will be looking to snap their nine-game losing streak to the Ducks on Saturday. However, that will be a tall task considering that Oregon has put up per-game averages of 59.2 points and 630.4 yards through their first five games. Huskies quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey are a good offensive tandem, but they can’t keep up with the likes of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and company. The Ducks should win by at least a touchdown.
Utah vs. Stanford
This matchup has “trap game” written all over it. The Cardinal are coming off a big win against Washington and face a middling-Pac-12 team in Utah before a showdown with UCLA. Salt Lake City has proven to be a tough place to play this season and might prove to be a challenge for the No. 5 team in the country. I think Stanford wins, but by less than 10 points.
Arizona State vs. Colorado
After playing four consecutive games against teams that were ranked in the preseason top-25, the Sun Devils get a slight break with a matchup against the Buffaloes. Colorado is coming off two consecutive blowout losses at the hands of Oregon State and Oregon, and this one should not be much different. Arizona State gets a much-needed win before playing Washington next week.
Pick: Arizona State
UCLA vs. California
With the possible exception of their matchup against Colorado on Nov. 16, the Bears might not win another game this season. UCLA’s defense is deep at virtually every position and will be able to shutdown Cal’s biggest strength: their offense. I’d be surprised if the Bears don’t extend their losing streak against FBS teams to 10 in this one.
Washington State vs. Oregon State
With two of the top-10 passing offenses on the field in Pullman, Wash., this game just looks like it’s primed for a shootout. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 2,018 yards, 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions in five games, while Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday has thrown for 1,993 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in six games. While it will likely be close, I think that the Beavers extend their quiet four-game winning streak.
Pick: Oregon State
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