This is rivalry week in the Pac-10 and one thing is abundantly clear. Rivalries are tough to pencil out.
Underdogs occasionally bite. Huge favorites can implode just as often as they explode. The best strategy is to just throw a dart at the picks. So that’s what we’ll do.
As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only. All games Saturday unless noted.
Arizona State at Arizona (UA by 6), Thursday: If the best Arizona State team shows up, it doesn’t matter which Wildcat group takes the field. And the dartboard seems to think that will happen. ASU, 21-17.
Oregon at Oregon State (UO by 16.5): The Ducks have so much to play for. The Beavers have only pride. So which is sharper? Neither. Speed is all that matters. Oregon, 49-17.
USC at UCLA (USC by 6.5): Talk about two teams that are hard to figure. But we toss our Harrows Power Point and end up with … UCLA, 24-21.
Washington at Washington State (UW by 6.5): The Cougars will want Jeff Tuel to throw darts all over the field. And he just might. But we think the Huskies running game will be on point. Washington, 28-24.
Last week: 3-2 overall, 2-2 vs. spread; Season: 55-17 overall, 36-27 vs. spread.