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Pac-10 picks

Thu., Oct. 29, 2009

We’re getting closer to respectability. But last week’s games seemed pretty straightforward. This week will be a tad tougher.

The key game, of course, is in Eugene, Ore., where USC is favored by 3.5 points.

Being that Oregon has been my nemesis this season, you would think I would pick the Trojans. Think again.

As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only.

USC at Oregon (USC by 31/2): The Trojans always seem to figure out a way to win big games – except when they’re playing Texas. But on the road against a team that can match them step by step? We’re going with the Ducks. Oregon 34-28.

California at Arizona State (Cal by 61/2): The Bears’ defense isn’t really all that good. Lucky for them, neither is the Sun Devils’ offense. For that matter, neither was their defense last week. Cal 28-17.

UCLA at Oregon State (OSU by 10): The Bruins were the darlings of the intelligentsia after their 3-0 start. Now, after losing four consecutive games, the same great football minds smell blood. OSU 30-14.

Washington State vs. Notre Dame in San Antonio (ND by 28): This will not be a neutral-site game. The Alamodome will be rocking with the Irish faithful. But Notre Dame isn’t Oregon. Notre Dame 35-21.

Last week: 4-0 overall, 3-1 vs. spread. Season: 34-16 overall, 20-24 vs. spread.

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