UCLA played well against a good Rice team in their opening weekend, then went on to thrash No.16 Nebraska in week two, and followed it up in week three when the offense stumbled just a bit against Houston (but the Bruins still won by a large margin). It is a good bet that Coach Mora, Coach Mazzone and Coach Spanos will have the Bruins refocused for Oregon State.
UCLA is only favored by 7.5 over Oregon State, but I suspect that we might see a strong showing from both the Bruins' offense and defense this week. If the Bruins play really well, this might be a double-digit victory. UCLA will then fly to Colorado to take on my Alma Mater the following week. Unfortunately for my Buffaloes, this will be an easy game for UCLA.
This means that UCLA might enter October with a 5-0 record. That of course would be the best in the Pac-12 South. The only other team that might have that good of a record in the entire Pac-12 will be Oregon from the North.
Here are the schedule and odds from Vegas Insider for the next week of Pac-12 football:
Saturday, 9-22-2012 (all time zones are Pacific Daylight Time)
12:30 PM (ABC) Oregon State (1-0) at UCLA (3-0): UCLA is favored by 7.5
1 PM (FX) Colorado (0-3) at Washington State (2-1): Washington State is favored by 21
3 PM (P12 Network) California (1-2) at USC (2-1): USC is favored by 16
7 PM (P12 Network) Utah (2-1) at Arizona State (2-1): Arizona State is favored by 7
7:30 PM (ESPN) Arizona (3-0) at Oregon (3-0): Oregon is favored by 23.5
6 PM (ESPN) Stanford (3-0) at Washington (2-1): Odds not available, but the Huskies will be favorites.
What Might the Pac-12 South Look Like on Monday Morning, 9-23-2012?
Arizona State 3-1
UCLA will be looking at a short week of practice, flying out to Denver on Friday, and then beating up on my beloved Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday at 3 PM.
The Bruins will probably fly back from Colorado and may enter October with a 5-0 record.
That record might only be matched (in the Pac-12) by Oregon, who should also be 5-0.
In addition to the 5-0 record, UCLA might be ranked as one of the Top-15 teams in the nation.
That is quite different than a year ago.