Don't ask me to blow on your dice in Vegas this week. For your sake. In two weeks, Pac-10 Football Against the Spread has been, well, struggling. I moved from a one-win Week Two to a one-win, one-tie Week Three—not exactly the "redemption" I was hoping for.
With UCLA on a bye, Arizona State heading to Georgia and four Pac-10 games on the slate, it's time to turn things around with the conference schedule now in full swing (or at the very least, place large bets against myself this week):
This season: 2-13-1
All picks against the spread.
Lines taken from Yahoo.com.
WASHINGTON (plus-7) AT STANFORD
A three-game homestand to start 2009, helped last season's winless Washington Huskies go 2-for-3, including a split against Top-25 teams. The Vegas odds-makers have the road, and the Stanford Cardinal, bringing them back to .500. Me? I'm drinking the Steve Sarkisian Kool-aid. I'll take: Washington
WASHINGTON STATE (plus-45) AT USC
Let's face it, the USC offense isn't what it used to be, averaging just 30 points per game through three games with quarterback issues, turnover problems and Steve Sarkisian on another bench. The same could be said for Washington State, which has put up 63 points in three games, including a 30-27 win at home over Southern Methodist on Saturday.
It took the Cougars an extra game last season before they had 63 points. The Trojans will beat up on WSU, but I think the Cougars make it somewhat respectable with Taylor Mays and Matt Barkley limited by injuries. I'll take: Washington State
CAL (minus-5.5) AT OREGON
In the tune-up for what could still very well be a Top-10 matchup between No. 12 USC and No. 6 Cal come Oct. 3, the Bears visit Eugene in Week Three.
Between the Oregon and Minnesota games, I thought last week this one was really the easier of the two, and still feel that way following with Cal's fourth quarter win in Minneapolis. I think the Bears enter their Oct. 3 heavyweight bout undefeated. I'll take: Cal
ARIZONA STATE (plus-11.5) AT GEORGIA
Eleven and a half seems like a lot of points to be giving Arizona State considering the fact that Georgia has won its last two games by a combined 15 points. What's more, chances are the Sun Devils coaches had their eyes on the Bulldogs during their Week Two bye week. I'll take: Arizona State
ARIZONA (plus-1.5) AT OREGON STATE
Neither team impressed in Week Three, but I think Cincinnati might be a better team than I originally gave them credit for. What's more, Arizona's two wins this season are against Northern Arizona and Central Michigan. The Beavers already have the welcome mat out. I'll take: Oregon State