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While there is no official semifinal preceding the Pac-12 Championship Game, the emerging rivalries in the North and South divisions have effectively served the same purpose. Each year the biggest conference game is the matchup between North rivals Oregon and Stanford and it is all but assumed that the winner will be the conference champion.
The past two years, the South Division has had a similarly significant contest between Arizona State and UCLA, with the winner representing the division in the conference championship.
The two southern contenders have each had an extra week to prepare for their biggest game of the year, and it will have a worthy highlight as the only conference game played today.
All other games are on Saturday; all picks are for entertainment purposes only.
Give credit to Utah for making a trip to the Big House to make Week 4 interesting for Pac-12 viewers. The rest of the nonconference schedule is as bland as a beige rainbow.
The week’s most interesting storyline can be found in Colorado, where the Buffaloes take on a Hawaii team that lost close games against Washington and Oregon State. Can we just decide that the winner of that game gets to stay in the Pac-12?
All games are Saturday, all picks should be used for kindling purposes only.
Last week: 7-1 straight up, 1-5 against the spread.
Overall: 26-5 straight up, 8-15 against the spread.
At least USC and Oregon did what they were supposed to, beating Stanford and blowing out Michigan State as we predicted. But what to make of a conference in which UCLA and Washington have to squeak by Memphis and Eastern Washington at home, while Utah and Colorado are blowing teams out of the water?
At least there’s one thing by which to set your timepiece: Colorado making pessimistic gamblers smart gamblers.
Not that anybody’s using these entertainment-only picks for gambling, of course.
All games are on Saturday, picks are after the jump.
From San Francisco —Well, we came back down to earth a little bit this week. But really, if you’re a Utah fan, you don’t mind losing a little money for a victory like that. Lots of big games in the conference this week and at least a couple of them will have major implications for the conference standings. UCLA and Stanford will battle for the right to be second best, and Washington will look to prove it’s ready for primetime against ASU.
USC and Notre Dame are each having subpar seasons but can turn it around with a rivalry win. Here’s how I think things will shake out:
As we enter the second week of our Pac-12 picks contest, we'll recap the first week's standings and list the second week's games below.
As usual, all picks — both straight up and against the spread — must be submitted before any games are played.