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Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 football picks

Thu., Nov. 28, 2013

It’s rivalry week in the Pac-12, and just because the Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t expect many of the games to be close doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect an upset or two. Arizona State and Stanford will have to find motivation despite having already secured spots in the Pac-12 championship game. Oregon players said that they didn’t care about a Rose Bowl last week and then lost to Arizona. How do the Ducks feel about the Alamo Bowl? They won’t get there, either, if they have a similar letdown in the Civil War.

Oregon at Oregon State, Oregon by 21 1/2: The biggest losers in Arizona’s upset win over the Ducks last weekend? Oregon State, which has to face a UO squad that’s eager to take out its anger on the Beavers. Oregon 59-24

Colorado at Utah, Utah by 14: Quarterback Adam Schulz started to find a groove late in the game against WSU and the Utes have been a different team at home. Utah 38-17

Notre Dame at Stanford, Stanford by 14: Stanford will avoid a letdown by remembering its controversial loss to the Irish last season. Stanford 38-28

UCLA at USC, USC by 3 1/2: The crosstown rivalry between the Trojans and Bruins hasn’t been this interesting since Pete Carroll and Rick Neuheisel roamed the sidelines. Ed Orgeron’s magical ride ends against a Bruins team that needs something to celebrate after losing a shot at the Rose Bowl. UCLA 34-31

Arizona at Arizona State, Arizona State by 14: Arizona beat a much more talented team last weekend, but can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice. Arizona State 38-14

Washington State at Washington, Washington by 14 1/2 : Both teams are coming off big wins and both teams need this one badly. The teams fight to a standstill, but home field advantage makes the difference. Washington 31-28

Last week: 5-1 straight up, 5-1 against the spread

Overall: 31-12, 22-20-1


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