Pac-12 Football Predictions: Week Three


Week two of the Pac-12 football season is in the books and ZonaZealots is not doing all that well on the predictions so far this season. Last week we went 8-3 and have a year-to-date record of 17-6. Last week had the potential to be a really good week, but narrow losses by Stanford and Eastern Washington, coupled with a very bad loss by Washington State, put us at three losses for the week. With that being said, it is a new week and here are the week three Pac-12 football predictions, which I am feeling pretty good about this week.

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Wyoming (2-0) @ #2 Oregon (2-0) (11:00 a.m. PT Pac-12 Networks)

Well lets take a quick look at this game. Wyoming just barely beat Air Force, last week, and Oregon beat a very good Michigan State team by 19 points. This game should be over by the fourth quarter and the Ducks starters will get a nice break before traveling to Pullman next week for their first Pac-12 game of the season, against Washington State.

Prediction: Oregon 66-10

Illinois (2-0) @ Washington (2-0) (1:00 p.m. PT FOX)

This is a very difficult game to predict because both teams are 2-0, but have not looked that good against inferior opponents. However, the Husky offense did put up 59 points last week and seemed to get things rolling. I think the Washington offense, and the home field advantage, will be too much for the Illini to handle in this one.

Prediction: Washington 45-17

Army (1-0) @ #15 Stanford (2-0) (2:00 p.m. PT Pac-12 Networks)

Stanford is coming off a heartbreaking loss, to USC, last week in a game they should have one and might still be hungover from that loss. The Black Knights put up 49 points in their season opener and looked like a very solid team, however, they played Buffalo, not Stanford and wont put up nearly enough points to win this one. Stanford comes out mad and gets lopsided victory heading into their bye week.

Prediction: Stanford 49-10

#12 UCLA (2-0) vs Texas (1-1) at AT&T Stadium (5:00 p.m. PT FOX)

In a game of who wants to implode faster, the Bruins and Longhorns face off in Jerry’s World on Saturday. Texas is coming off a spanking by the BYU Cougars and the Bruins barely beat the Memphis Tigers at home. The difference in this one is that Texas has no depth anymore and the Bruins offense, and defense, will wear down the Longhorns in this one. In a game that seemed like it could be a lot of fun to start the season has sure lost some steam.

Prediction: UCLA 38-17

Portland State (0-1) @ Washington State (0-2) (5:00 p.m. PT Pac-12 Networks)

Washington State is one of the more disappointing teams in the country, and especially in the Pac-12, after being projected to be a possible sleeper in the Pac-12 North. Instead, they have opened up the season with losses at home to Rutgers and on the road at Nevada. Portland State played Oregon State well in their season opener, but ultimately fell to the Beavers 29-14. I really want to pick the Vikings here, but the Cougars have to act like a middle of the pact D1 school at some point this season, right? Cougs by double-digits.

Prediction: Washington State 38-28

#9 USC (2-0) @ Boston College (1-1)(5:00 p.m. PT ABC)

USC is coming off a huge win at Stanford and head into BC looking to head into the bye week with a perfect 3-0 start to the season. BC is coming off a loss to Pitt and will have their hands full this week with the Trojans. If the Eagles can use their fans energy to carry them and keep them in this game, then it could be interesting, however, it wont be enough no matter what. The Trojans are a much more talented team and will not lose on Saturday.

Prediction: USC 45-21

#16 Arizona State (2-0) @ Colorado (1-1) (7:00 p.m. PT ESPNU)

The Sun Devils are off to a very nice start, against very inferior opponents, and the Buffs are not. The Buffs started off the season with a loss to Colorado State and followed that performance up with a narrow victory over UMASS. ASU has two big blowouts over New Mexico and Weber State and will look to head into their bye week with a win under their belt as they prepare for UCLA. ASU scores a lot and Colorado gives up a lot of points. The Sun Devils win by double-digits.

Prediction: Arizona State 52-35

Nevada (2-0) @ Arizona (2-0) (8:00 p.m. PT Pac-12 Networks)

Both teams are 2-0 and I don’t think the talent levels are all that different. The Wolf Pack have a game changer at quarterback and very solid players on the defensive side. The Wildcats have an explosive offense and an improving defense. This should be a good one, but I see the Wildcats coming out of this one with a victory.

Prediction: Arizona 31-24

So there are ZonaZealots’ week three Pac-12 football predictions. An undefeated week, for non-conference games, is a very real possibility and should happen if all favorites win.

What are your guys predictions for this week? Are there any upsets or surprise outcomes? Let us know in the comments section below!