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A split decision


So how did I do with my first Pac-10 picks?

Well, here they are. You decide ...

Oregon State over Boise State in a close one.
Oklahoma over Washington, but closer than people think.
Stanford barely over San Jose State.
Arizona over LSU. The Wildcats are the team to beat this year in the Pac-10.
Fresno State keeps it close, but Oregon wins.
Cal in a romp over Minnesota.
ASU covers over Nevada.
UCLA doesn't cover but still wins handily.
Idaho over WSU in a close one.

The true results: Boise won in a romp; Oklahoma won, but it was close for a half; San Jose rallied past Stanford; LSU crushed - crushed - Arizona, but the Wildcats are still the team to beat this year in the Pac-10; Oregon won at Fresno; Cal romped; ASU covered and UCLA didn't; and, finally, WSU won going away.

Call it 4-4-1 (with UW being the tie).

UPDATE: Missed some good stories from around the country this morning, so I thought I would share. Here is Mike Lopresti's column from USA Today and another story from the paper, this one on Ohio State's long road ahead despite its win over Texas.

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