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Jacob Thorpe’s Week 3 Pac-12 Picks

PULLMAN–The nonconference schedule is almost over, and that’s good news for the Pac-12. The conference so far has not done itself many favors in its early season matchups, which could prove costly when college playoff selection time rolls around.

The conference has not beat up any heavyweights from the other conferences, but the SEC bloodied UCLA and USC. Group of Five opponents San Diego State and Boise State took down Pac-12 teams last weekend and the west coast teams are underdogs in all of its major nonconference Week 3 matchups.

Can the Pac-12 steal a win against one of its premier opponents? Let’s see.

Arizona State at Texas-San Antonio, ASU by 19.5: Is a Todd Graham team suddenly going to be known for its offense? We won’t know after Saturday.

The pick: ASU, 42-14

Idaho at Washington State, WSU by 25: Ticked-off Cougars. Beaten-up Vandals. The postgame handshake will be even more awkward this time around.

The picks: WSU, 56-17

No. 22 Oregon at Nebraska, NU by 3: What’s the over on this game? Actually, I don’t need to know. Take the over.

The pick: Nebraska, 48-41

Idaho State at Oregon State, no line: Yawn. Only one more week of these “no line” games.

The pick: OSU, 250-3

Portland State at Washington, no line: Can the plucky Portland State Vikings spring the Pac-12 upset two years in a row?

Nope.

The pick: UW, 42-10

USC at No. 7 Stanford, Stanford by 8.5: Oh how the SEC fans will crow when the Pac-12’s top team falls to Alabama’s punching bag.

The pick: USC, 31-28

No. 11 Texas at California, UT by 8: Davis Webb played at Texas Tech for three years, but had to transfer to Berkeley to finally get a shot against the Longhorns.

The pick: Texas, 38-31

Hawaii at Arizona, Arizona by 24.5: The Rich Rodriguez offense finally opens up against a team that has already traveled to Australia and Michigan this season.

The pick: Arizona, 56-21

Colorado at Michigan, UM by 20: The Buffaloes had their fun. Now we find out if CU is legit.

The pick: UM, 48-20

UCLA at BYU, UCLA by 3: Hoping the Provo Cougars have their first-ever hangover after last week’s last-second rivalry loss.

The pick: UCLA, 35-31

Utah at San Jose State, Utah by 13: Former Washington running back Deontae Cooper has been good so far in his seventh (!) year of college football, and the Utes are starting to lose players…

The pick: Utah 28-21

Last week: 9-1 straight up, 5-3 against the spread

Overall: 18-4 straight up, 10-6 against the spread

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