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The pick: Why WSU will beat Arizona

WSU running back Jamal Morrow (25) celebrates with defensive back Parker Henry (29) after defeating Oregon during a college football game on Saturday, Oct 1, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 51-33. 

TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU running back Jamal Morrow (25) celebrates with defensive back Parker Henry (29) after defeating Oregon during a college football game on Saturday, Oct 1, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 51-33. TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – This has been an unpredictable year in the Pac-12, if you’re talking about preseason predictions. But since Week 7 or so, the conference has been thoroughly predictable.

The good teams – Colorado, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State – generally always beat the bad teams (everybody else). So, there is no reason to overthink this one.

Arizona has some truly explosive playmakers and is likely to hit a few 50-plus yard plays against WSU on Saturday. There might be some anxious moments early on. But the chances of a team that has yet to beat a Pac-12 opponent going on the road and taking down the Cougars, who have yet to lose to a conference foe, seem pretty small.

The pick: WSU, 45-21

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