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Pac-10 picks

If only we had a little faith in USC or UCLA. But we didn’t and last week’s results reflect that. Of course, our lack of faith in Los Angeles teams was offset by our commitment to those from the great state of Oregon.

Got burned there, too.

So we’ll switch some allegiances this week and see how that works out.

As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only.

California at Minnesota (Cal by 14): Shoot, the Gophers are also 2-0. So why the big margin at home? Oh, that’s right. One of the wins was against Syracuse in overtime. Got it. Still, Cal 34-24.

USC at Washington (USC by 19): Maybe Pete Carroll will pretend its Mark Sanchez on the other sideline instead of Steve Sarkisian. If he does, expect a blowout. Even if he doesn’t, expect a rout. USC 45-17.

Utah at Oregon (UO by 4.5): This may not be the same Utah team from last year, but it certainly isn’t the same Duck squad. Especially up front. Utah 28-14.

Cincinnati at Oregon State (pick ’em): The Big East favorites travel to play one of the Pac-10’s best. Though my head says not to, my heart says go with … OSU 27-21.

Arizona at Iowa (Iowa by 5.5): This is when the Wildcats need an experienced quarterback. They don’t have one. And the defense isn’t good enough to overcome it. Iowa 17-3.

San Jose State at Stanford (Stanford by 17.5): The Spartans might be 0-2, but those two losses are to USC and Utah. So they should hang with the Cardinal. Stanford 34-28.

Louisiana-Monroe at Arizona State (ASU by 19): The Sun Devils are coming off a bye so they should be prepared. But don’t be surprised if they’re not caught looking forward to Georgia at least a little. ASU 24-7

Kansas State at UCLA (UCLA by 12): The Bruins are starting a true freshman quarterback. Once again, they’re just trying to keep up with USC. UCLA 21-10.

SMU at Washington State (SMU by 6): This is the first time these schools have met in football. Believe it or not, the Cougars never lose when they play a school for the first time at home. At least they haven’t in the past 107 years. WSU 31-28.

Last week: 5-4 overall, 3-4 vs. spread. Season: 13-5 overall, 8-6 vs. spread.

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