3-1 is not a bad record, but my margins of error were not so good. Of the four games I was pretty close on the Oregon State/ASU game, but not so much on the others. I had Oregon winning a close one, UCLA winning by 24 and USC just plain winning. Of course, Oregon won by 21, UCLA by just 14 and Washington beat USC on the road.
UCLA at Cal
Uh-oh Bears! The pistol returns. Nevada used the offense to rack up 500 yards and more than 50 points. UCLA may run the same offense, but is not nearly as potent as the Wolfpack. Part of the reason Nevada was successful was that they can also throw the ball and as of now UCLA has not shown that they can successfully pass.
Cal is in the midst of a two-game slide and Jeff Tedford’s teams have shown the tendency to be mentally fragile in recent years. Really, they have been mentally soft since Kevin Riley took off running with no time outs in a game against Oregon State his freshman year. Riley is still with the Bears, but he is a senior and he’s at home. Cal 21, UCLA 14
Oregon at Washington State
Insert your own joke here. Although Washington State has been feisty of late, they just cannot hang with Oregon. Could the Ducks score 70? Yup, but they won’t. They will call off the dogs, er ducks, early enough. Oregon 56, Washington State 13
USC at Stanford
Both teams are reeling after emotional losses, so we’ll see how they respond. I have more faith in Stanford than I do this edition of the Trojans. USC has more overall talent, but Stanford is the more complete team right now. Last year the Cardinal pissed off USC by going for a two point conversion while up big. The Trojans want revenge on Stanford but won’t get it. Stanford 38, USC 24
ASU at Washington
Another tough road game for the Sun Devils. UW is riding high after beating USC for the second time in two season, while the Devils have lost three straight tough games. Jake Locker seems to have regained his swagger and that should be enough. Washington 27, ASU 20
Oregon State at Arizona
The Beavers are a much better team after September ends, and guess what, it’s October. OSU has owned the Wildcats of late, oddly enough playing better against the Cats in Tucson than they are in Corvallis. However, this is not the same Oregon State team, nor is this the same Arizona team. Arizona 34, Oregon State 24
Toughest game to pick: UCLA at Cal
Easiest game to pick: Oregon at Washington State
Last Week: 3-1