Vince Grippi’s Pac-10 picks
We just figured out something. If we can play .500 ball the rest of the season, like last week, we’ll finish with a successful year. And winning is what it’s all about, right?
Guess it’s time to play prevent defense.
As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only. All games Saturday.
Arizona at UCLA (Arizona by 8.5): Both teams probably will be without their usual starting quarterbacks. With that in mind, we’ll go with the better overall team. Arizona, 28-12.
California at Oregon State (Oregon State by 2.5): We’ve got the Bears figured out. They are great at home, poor on the road. Wait. They played Arizona in Tucson? We surrender. OSU, 35-28.
Stanford at Washington (Stanford by 7.5): Of all the games, this one seems to be able to go either way. Oh, Stanford will win, but by how much? The guess here is a bunch. Stanford, 38-24.
Oregon at USC (Oregon by 7): This is the type of game you would love to be able to pick after the first quarter, after you see if USC can deal with the Oregon speed. But you can’t. So we’ll just go with our gut. It’s big, so it has to be right. Oregon, 49-35.
Washington State at Arizona State (Arizona State by 21): OK, we get it. ASU should be favored. But by three touchdowns? When its starting quarterback is on the mend? That we don’t get. ASU, 28-17.
Last week: 2-2 overall, 2-2 vs. spread; Season: 39-11 overall, 24-17 vs. spread.