Pac-10 Football Against The Spread: Nothing's Bruin with UCLA Just Yet

Delete AccountCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Rahim Moore #3 and Alterraun Verner #1 of the UCLA Bruins celebrate at the end of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Bruins beat the Volunteers 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

'Pac-10 Football Against The Spread' avoided a shutout in Week 2 thanks to a Stanford offense that didn't score a point following intermission in a 24-17 loss to Wake Forest.

Beyond the Cardinal's sins though, I missed the other six games with spreads, some by a tiny margin (Washington, USC) and others by much, much more (UCLA, Washington State). In all, I tanked on just two outright winners (Bruins and Cougars), so things weren't all bad.

On to redemption...


This season: 1-6

All picks against the spread.
Lines taken from

UTAH (plus-4.5) AT OREGON

The Utes have won 16 straight and after an unimpressive two-point win for Oregon last week against Purdue, I can't see the Ducks snapping that streak. Look for a big week from Utes wideout Jereme Brooks if T.J. Ward still can't go with a bum ankle. I'll take: Utah



Corvallis is better homefield than people give it credit for (just ask USC), and Cincinnati got way too much credit for their season-opening win over Rutgers. If Oregon State contains Mardy Gilyard—who scored a rushing, receiving and special teams TD last week—the Beavers win it. I'll take: Oregon State



Pete Carroll doesn't like to lose, and anything less than a three-TD win against the Huskies and former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian might be considered one.

Matt Barkley still hasn't thrown a ball in practice this week, but whether it's him or Aaron Corp, this offense will be looking to get on track after scoring just 18 at Ohio State. Washington should oblige. I'll take: USC



One's 2-0, one's 0-2, but it's hard to tell the two apart. SMU is 2-22 in their last two seasons, Washington State is the laughing stock of the Pac-10. Former Golden Bear James Montgomery could tip the scales one way or the other. I'll take: SMU



Louisiana-Lafayette hadn't defeated a school from a BCS conference since Sept. 14, 1996, when Jake Delhomme led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 29-22 upset of No. 25 Texas A&M. That changed Saturday in a 17-15 win over Kansas State.

UCLA, meanwhile, returns to Pasadena following a big win over Tennessee on the road. I'm still not buying the Bruins though—I think they win the game, but don't cover. I'll take: Kansas State


Louisiana-Monroe has an awesome mascot (Warhawks). That's about as much as I can tell you about them—a 39-point loss to Texas and 58-point win over Texas Southern haven't told us much about how they'll fare against a well-rested Arizona State team.

ASU is no Texas, but they might be half as good, putting them close to covering. I'll take: Arizona State



Iowa's Week 1 scare is a concern, and Arizona struggled on the road last season—with losses at New Mexico, Stanford and Oregon. But in all three, the Wildcats kept things relatively close.

I don't think they win the game with an 8-17 road record under Mike Stoops (including six straight non-conference losses), but I think they keep it close enough. I'll take: Arizona



San Jose State has given Stanford trouble in the past—they beat the Cardinal as early as 2006 and lost by less than two scores last season. I say they do it again this season. I'll take: San Jose State



The battle of the Goldens goes to the only team earning the moniker. Cal has been spectacular in the first two weeks with Heisman hopeful Jahvid Best sitting most of the fourth quarter in both. Minnesota has skirted by Syracuse and Air Force.

I think Syd'Quan Thompson shuts down Eric Decker and the Bears put up big numbers against the Gophers. I'll take: Cal


Another tip of the cap to Jon Wilner’s College Sports Hotline, the inspiration for 'Pac-10 Football Against The Spread.' Follow Grant Marek on Twitter: @Grant_Marek