PULLMAN – All the talk this week is about No. 5 Washington and how it is likely to end its 12-year drought against the Oregon Ducks, but there is another losing streak on the line this Saturday.
Washington State has not beaten Stanford in its last eight tries. With an injury-riddled Stanford team coming off a beat down in Seattle, and an Oregon team in such flux that it is thinking about giving a freshman quarterback his first start against the conference’s best defense, I think both infamous streaks go down this week.
No. 5 Washington at Oregon, UW by 9: Whether you love the Huskies or hate them, you have a fiduciary duty to your family to take UW and the points this week.
The pick: UW, 38-10
California at Oregon State, Cal by 13.5: The Golden Bears have put up at least 40 points against every opponent but Utah. I don’t think the Beavers can keep up.
The pick: Cal, 55-31
Arizona at No. 24 Utah, Utah by 9.5: Both teams are dealing with a lot of injury issues. Let’s roll with the one that isn’t hurting at quarterback.
The pick: Utah, 31-14
UCLA at Arizona State, UCLA by 9.5: We’ll find out this week if the Bruins offense has actually turned a corner.
The pick: UCLA, 38-21
Washington State at Stanford, Stanford by 7: Stanford sans starting cornerbacks is a recipe for disaster against the Cougars.
The pick: WSU, 34-31
No. 21 Colorado at USC, USC by 5: In which talented opponents stop overlooking the Buffaloes.
The pick: USC, 38-21
Last week: 4-2 straight up, 4-2 against the spread
Overall: 34-11 straight up, 17-18-2 against the spread
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