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This week’s Pac-12 picks

Wed., Sept. 7, 2011, 4:06 p.m.

Sports writer Vince Grippi. COLIN MULVANY
2009 STAFF MUGS (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Sports writer Vince Grippi. COLIN MULVANY 2009 STAFF MUGS (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

When the talking head on CNBC starts spouting off about “reverting to the mean,” just think of my picks last week, compare them to my 2010 results and you’ll understand the term.

It’s why all the casinos in Vegas are so richly anointed.

As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only. All games Saturday unless noted.

Arizona at Oklahoma State (OSU by 14), Thursday: The Wildcats will play better than they did against the Cowboys in the Alamo Bowl. But not enough to win on the road. Oklahoma State, 42-33.

Missouri at Arizona State (ASU by 7.5), Friday: It looks as if the Tigers might end up in the SEC. That alone makes them better than the Sun Devils, right? Wrong. ASU, 21-17.

Oregon State at Wisconsin (Wisconsin by 21.5): The Beavers want to throw out last week’s result. But they can’t. It was a harbinger of the season. Wisconsin, 54-28.

California at Colorado (Cal by 6): Seems like the line is a little low, seeing as the Bears won last year 52-7. California, 35-13.

Nevada at Oregon (Oregon by 26.5): Don’t think anyone would want to play the Ducks this week. Sorry, Nevada. Oregon, 51-14.

Hawaii at Washington (UW by 6) Are the Warriors so much different off the islands they are an underdog? Guess so. Washington, 24-21.

Stanford at Duke (Stanford by 21): It’s possible the Cardinal football team may score more points against the Dukies than their basketball team could. Stanford, 54-13.

Utah at USC (USC by 9): The Utes are not afraid of going into the Coliseum and playing the Trojans. Why should they be? Utah, 28-24.

San Jose State at UCLA (UCLA by 21.5): The Spartans are bad, real bad. But the Bruins are still finding their way. UCLA, 28-21.

UNLV at Washington State (WSU by 14): If everyone were healthy, this had the possibilities of being a blowout. But injuries can slow a team down. WSU, 30-21.

Last week: 9-3 overall, 4-3 vs. spread.

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