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Pac-12 picks: Week 1 was easy to choose … if you went with the Pac-12 team

Kelby Schweickerrt, of Destin, Fla., grabs some gallon jugs of drinking water from the shelves at the Target store in Destin, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)
Kelby Schweickerrt, of Destin, Fla., grabs some gallon jugs of drinking water from the shelves at the Target store in Destin, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

A little “Conference of Champions” bias wouldn’t have been a bad thing to have while picking last week’s games. By not choosing 11 Pac-12 winners – 11 played last weekend and 11 won – my perfect season went down the drain. I’m fairly confident Larry Scott would be proud of this week’s picks, though.

Let’s try this again…

Texas State at Colorado

Colorado by 35.5 – With Texas State in town this week and Northern Colorado visiting the next, the Buffaloes should be halfway to the postseason by the time UW travels to Boulder on Sept. 23. The pick: Colorado 46, Texas State 16.

Nebraska at Oregon

Oregon by 13 – Mike Riley returns to his personal house of horrors for this one. The pick: Oregon 48, Nebraska 34.

Hawaii at UCLA

UCLA by 23.5 – Josh Rosen won’t need his magic tricks this time. The Bruins hand the Rainbow Warriors their first loss and improve to 2-0. The pick: UCLA 41, Hawaii 25.

Weber State at Cal

No line – Weber comes off a 76-0 win against Montana Western, which probably isn’t significant here but still worth mentioning. The pick: Cal 33, Weber State 14.

Montana at Washington

No line – It would serve the Huskies well to win this game by about 40. So let’s go with that. The pick: UW 50, Montana 10.

No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC

USC by 6.5 – There won’t be a better game in the Pac-12 until the Trojans visit the Cougars during week five. The pick: Stanford 32, USC 30.

Minnesota at Oregon State

Oregon State by 2 – It’s only the second week of the year and it feels like this game could very much determine whether the Beavers are bowl prepping in December or sitting at home. The pick: Oregon State 28, Minnesota 24.

Utah at BYU

Utah by 1.5 – Just a guess the Cougars will need to improve slightly from the 97 yards of offense they managed against LSU to make this Holy War competitive. The pick: Utah 27, BYU 21.

Boise State at Washington State

WSU by 10 – No matter who wins, one Rypien will be excited about the final result. The pick: will be in Saturday’s paper.

Houston at Arizona

Houston by 1 – The first of two games in the desert that could go badly for the Pac-12 representative. The pick: Houston 34, Arizona 26.

San Diego State at Arizona State

ASU by 3.5 – This is the other one. The pick: San Diego State 24, Arizona State 23.

Theo Lawson’s records

Last week and overall: 8-2 overall, 1-5 against the spread.

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