After picking three upsets last week and watching all three of them turn into blowouts, we're playing this week conservatively. Before we get to the picks, it's time to update our fans on the state of the Pac-12 Union.
In case you haven't heard about the Oregon Ducks, there's a pandemic amongst their fans this season. Apparently, all of the high-fiving in Eugene after touchdowns has led to a substantial increase in carpel tunnel in the camouflage-clad fans.
Some insider information out of Los Angeles is saying that the NCAA is looking into imposing more sanctions on USC for treating their matchup with the Ducks as a fictitious bowl game. The reasoning being that the Trojans are banned from bowl games until 2012.
I spoke with Jeff Tedford's psychiatrist this week, and he's recently been diagnosed as agoraphobic. This explains the awful road performances, and their third blowout this year.
Texas continues to prove that they were not a good fit for the Pac-12. UCLA served them up a can of whoop ass in non-conference play, but even more embarrassing is the back-to-back home losses to Iowa State and Baylor.
Oregon State's orange and black uniforms were the perfect Halloween costume...
On to the games
California at Washington State: The bipolar Bears will try to give this one away, but Washington State is playing to keep their conference losing streak alive. Bears 34 - Cougars 20
Washington at No. 1 Oregon: The Huskies are giving up 212 yards per game on the ground, expect the Ducks to triple it, if they want to embarrass their uncompetitive rival. Ducks 63 - Huskies 6
Oregon State at UCLA: The Beavers have hit their midseason stride and will continue to run right over the helpless Bruins. Beavers 30 - Baby Bears 20
Arizona State at USC: Let's see if the salesman Lane Kiffin can get the troops to buy into another "this is our bowl game" motivational speech. The stands should have some amazing talent on display from the coeds. Trojans 28 - Sun Devils 23
Colorado at Kansas: Now that basketball season has started, the Kansas fans will start disappearing from the football stadium. Cody Hawkins should have more success than his 17-of-44 performance last week. Buffs 27 - Jayhawks 21
No. 15 Arizona at No. 13 Stanford: In the game of the week, the winner will move to No. 2 in the conference power rankings. The Wildcats should be able to spread Stanford's secondary out in space and make plays, but they've struggled in the red zone. Stanford will try to run the ball early and wear down the two defensive ends—Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore. Trees 38 - Cats 33
No. 3 TCU at No. 5 Utah: The game of the week nationally and the spot ESPN's College Gameday heads to watch two unbeatens square off. The Utes have played great defense this year, and I'm expecting them to contain the Andy Dalton and the option offense. Utes 27 - Horny Frogs 24
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2010 Prediction Record 54-13