Posted on: October 28, 2009 3:57 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2009 3:57 pm
California @ Arizona State
We still don't really know if Cal is "back" after beating UCLA and Washington State... they've been burned on defense, especially through the air. But the Sun Devils just aren't that good, and if Kevin Riley has his confidence back the Bears should win.
UCLA @ Oregon State
With Sean Canfield's emergence, the Beaver's offense has gone from good to explosive. The defense has prevented them from contending for the conference, but that won't be a problem against the stagnant Bruins, who in 4 Pac 10 games have 0 passing touchdowns.
Washington State @ Notre Dame
After 5 straight barnburners, the Irish and their fans can finally go a week without the heart meds.
USC @ Oregon
I've been struggling with this one. On one hand, the Ducks have been unstoppable, averaging 38 points a game in their 6 game winning streak, Autzen is always tough, and USC's defense has looked vulnerable the last 2 weeks. On the other hand, no team in the country has been tested on the road this year like the Trojans, and with Ronald Johnson back at receiver, they've looked pretty solid with the ball as well. It appears to be a very even matchup and I think it'll be a field goal game either way. So, since I'm dressing up as 2-Face for Halloween, I flipped a coin....
Posted on: October 21, 2009 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2009 3:48 pm
Oregon @ Washington
The dawgs have already picked off 2 favored opponents at home, but this matchup doesn't seem to favor them. They'll will be hard pressed to slow down the spread-option with Jeremiah Masoli returning from injury, and UO's strength on defense (the pass) matches UW's. Barring some fluky plays, the Ducks shouldn't have much trouble.
Washington State @ Cal
The Bears bounced back at UCLA last week and will continue on the right path here.
UCLA @ Arizona
Right now, Nick Foles is the best quarterback in the conference, and the Wildcats look like they could make some noise. UCLA still doesn't have an identity under Neuheisel.
Oregon State @ USC
Jacquizz Rodgers is playing great and could give the Trojans trouble again, and Sean Canfield has quietly had a very efficient season. But Matt Barkley is progressing well, and has too much at home.
Arizona State @ Stanford
The Cardinal D has been exposed on the road the last 2 weeks, but aside from last-second Hail Marry's, ASU doesn't have enough firepower to test them. At home, Toby Gerhart leads them to a win.
Posted on: October 14, 2009 3:22 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2009 3:23 pm
USC @ Notre Dame
Unlike in past matchups, the Irish may have the advantage on offense here with Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate. But USC's front 4 has been tenacious so far and will likely make it a rough day at the office for Clausen. Don't bet against Pete Carroll with extra time to prepare.
California @ UCLA
This is a bit of a test for both teams; for Cal, to show they can bounce back after getting crushed in their first 2 conference games (albeit against the Pac's 2 best teams right now) and for UCLA, to show that they can score. This will come down to whether Jahvid Best can bounce back against UCLA's solid run defense. They'll slow him down, but not enough to win.
Stanford @ Arizona
The question here is whether the Wildcats' Nic Grigsby is healthy after being slowed by a shoulder injury the last few weeks. It's tempting to pick Arizona at home anyway, but you have to wonder if their confidence is shaken after the heart-wrenching loss in Seattle.
Washington @ Arizona State
After the Immaculate Interception propelled them to a 3-3 record, a bowl is now a realistic possibility for the dawgs. The Sun Devils may even have a quarterback controversy on their hands after Danny Sullivan's spotty play. But their defense will test Jake Locker, and Sarkisian hasn't quite gotten his team to play consistently well week to week.
Posted on: September 30, 2009 4:47 pm
UCLA @ STANFORD
Two teams who are heading in the right direction. The Bruins are coming off a bye, but I'm impressed by Stanford after they physically dominated my dawgs. They look like an 8 or 9 win team to me, and UCLA still has questions to answer on offense.
WASHINGTON @ NOTRE DAME
The Huskies hit their first pothole on the road back to winning, and there will be more to follow. Jake Locker should rebound against a lackluster Irish defense, but USC aside, the defense hasn't really done much this year and will get torched by air or ground, whichever Charlie Weis prefers.
NOTRE DAME, 35-28.
OREGON STATE @ ARIZONA STATE
Well, the Beavers are off to their patented slow start. No one besides the Rodgers brothers has done much of anything. Now that the calendar has turned to October, will they pick it up again? We still don't know much about the Sun Devils, but at home, I think they take a close one.
SOUTHERN CAL @ CALIFORNIA
This game no longer resonates nationally after each teams Pac 10 opening loss, but it's still of vital importance in the Pac 10 race, where you'd think 2 losses would put a team out of reach of the Rose Bowl. The injuries are starting to pile up for the Trojans after Stafon Johnson's horrifying weight-room accident, and Cal has been just as good at home as they are bad on the road, but I have a hunch the Trojans rise to the occasion (again).
WASHINGTON STATE @ OREGON
The quarterback carousel keeps spinning in Pullman, this week it's Jeff Tuel. The Ducks are flying high once again, and they'll make it 4 in a row at Autzen.
Posted on: September 23, 2009 3:55 pm
The in-conference slate is almost in full gear, with one notable cross-country matchup on the final Saturday in September...
CALIFORNIA @ OREGON
While the Ducks haven't been as sharp as they'd like to be, they have won 2 straight now at home. The Golden Bears look like the conference's best team right now, but just aren't a very strong road team. The Boise debacle is completely forgotten as the Ducks announce their intentions to contend for Pasadena.
ARIZONA STATE @ GEORGIA
While this is a big game for the Sun Devils, it might be even bigger for the Pac 10, who can claim a winning record over the SEC if the Sun Devils can win between the hedges. But Joe Cox and the Bulldog offense is soaring right now, and ASU will be hard pressed to keep up.
ARIZONA @ OREGON STATE
Both teams look to rebound after deflating performances last week. While AZ has a solid defense, quarterback has been a struggle so far without their tight end Gronkowski, which spells doom on the road.
WASHINGTON @ STANFORD
The winner can claim first place in the conference, for now at least. The Huskies will look to avoid falling in the same trap as the Trojans did last week. While Toby Gerhart is a horse for the Cardinal, Andrew Luck has also been quite efficient as a passer, and that balance should lead them to victory.
WASHINGTON STATE @ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Luckily, the Cougars won last week, because it may be awhile until they do so again. The Trojans will take out their frustrations in full on Paul Wulff and co.
Posted on: September 16, 2009 12:33 pm
A solid slate of games this week....
CALIFORNIA @ MINNESOTA
At least the Golden Gophers don't play in that awful Metrodome any more... after struggling with Syracuse and Air Force, Minnesota will get an introduction to real football.
UTAH @ OREGON
A very intriguing matchup. After their magical run to the Sugar Bowl last year, the retooling Utes haven't been tested yet this year. Oregon snuck by Purdue, but is still trying to find the level of consistency they hoped for in the preseason. Dual-threat QB Terrance Cain will try to lead Utah to another win over a Pac 10 opponent.
USC @ WASHINGTON
This game is looking like a potential upset for the Huskies. After a tough win in Columbus, the Trojans make another road trip to Seattle, with stars Matt Barkley and Taylor Mays nursing injuries. But UW doesn't have the beef on D to slow down Tailback U. or get enough pressure on whoever does end up starting at QB.
ARIZONA @ IOWA
Another game featuring two good teams who haven't really been tested yet. First road game for Matt Scott, and Kinnick Stadium is not an easy place to play.
CINCINNATI @ OREGON STATE
A very under-the-radar matchup featuring two teams on the periphery of the top 25 rankings. Each side starts solid slingers in Sean Canfield and Tony Pike. The difference is Reser Stadium and Jacquizz Rodgers. The Beavers get revenge for for the thrashing in Cincy 2 years ago.
SAN JOSE STATE @ STANFORD
This has been a pretty good rivalry the past few years, but Toby Gerhart and co. and moving on to bigger and better things.
SOUTHERN METHODIST @ WASHINGTON STATE
After struggling mightily with June Jones' old team last week, they go up against his current one, which has already doubled last season's win total. If the Cougars don't win here, it could get very bad, very fast.
LOUISIANA-MONROE @ ARIZONA STATE
Last year, the Sun Devils were surprised by UNLV the week before the Georgia game, and it started the season into a downward spiral. Can they avoid the same fate this year?
KANSAS STATE @ UCLA
Kevin Prince is out for the Bruins, and Richard Breihaut is apparently in. But they showed last week that QB play is not necessary to secure a big win. UCLA, 21-12.
Posted on: August 31, 2009 8:37 pm
After an offseason that seemed to last an eternity, we now stand only 3 days away from what promises to be another exciting year in the "Conference of Champions." We have a full slate of 1 conference game and 8 out-of-conference games here on the first weekend of September, with several intriguing match-ups. You'll notice a common theme: most of the 10 clubs will be have some manner of uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position, which is rare in these parts. Here we go...
OREGON @ BOISE STATE (Thursday)
A very big game as both sides harbor BCS aspirations. This battle of eccentrically clad squads will likely be decided by which 2nd year quarterback shines the brightest; the Ducks' rambling Jeremiah Masoli or the Broncos' efficient pocket passer Kellen Moore. Moore tore up the Ducks for 386 yards in last year's heated encounter. BOISE STATE, 38-35.
PORTLAND STATE @ OREGON STATE
The Vikings also played a Pac 10 foe last year.... the lost to Washington State by 39. OREGON STATE, 55-6.
SAN JOSE STATE @ USC
The only thing of note here is that the Trojans will try to break in freshman phenom Matt Barkley before the trip to Columbus next week. USC, 45-3.
SAN DIEGO STATE @ UCLA
After a dissappointing Year 1, Rick Neuheisel hands the reigns of the offense to redshirt freshman Keith Price. This could be another rocky year in Westwood, but don't expect the Aztecs to put up much of a fight here. UCLA, 27-10.
STANFORD @ WASHINGTON STATE
The Cardinal are being mentioned by many as a sleeper pick this year, and they're also going with the young hotshot route at qb, with Andrew Luck. The Cougars apparently still don't know who will start between Kevin Lopina and Marshall Lobbestael (I don't think it's going to matter). STANFORD, 35-10.
MARYLAND @ CALIFORNIA
Another revenge game: last year the Golden Bears were stunned big time in College Park. Here's thinking Heisman darkhorse Jahvid Best won't allow a repeat performance of that. CAL, 34-14.
IDAHO STATE @ ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils have a new QB as well (Danny Sullivan) and an easy FCS team to get him and his boys started on. ASU, 44-10.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN @ ARIZONA
The Chippewas have one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in college football, Dan LeFevour. Mike Stoops did enough to keep his job last year, but this year may be a bit of a rebuilding year with (guess what?) a new qb, Matt Scott. CMU, 31-27.
LSU @ WASHINGTON
The new-look Huskies (led by a healthy Jake Locker) hope for a much improved campaign in '09. Facing the hungry Tigers (and all-SEC halfback Charles Scott) is not the best place to start. LSU, 31-17.
Feel free to share your picks as well. I'll keep track of the standings, and at season end, the winner gets a prize!
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:13 pm
All right, I still feel bad for being late last week, but I’m making sure the picks are in on time for the final weekend of the regular season! Washington @ Cal I really don’t care about this game. More important is the heating up of the head coaching search. Pat Hill, Mike Leach? Maybe Brian Kelly? Cal, 45-7.
USC @ UCLA
Pete Carroll’s boys still have an outside chance at the BCS title, and it sounds like they will be wearing the home reds at the Rose Bowl. No slip-up here, but I think they will be back in Pasadena next month. USC, 27-13.
Arizona State @ Arizona
Hard to believe based on the Sun Devils’ season, but an upset here and they are bowl eligible. The pressure could be high in Tucson, if Mike Stoops’s squad ends the year on a 3 game slide and gets passed over for a bowl, it could cost him his job. Arizona, 27-20.