Thursday, October 24, 2013
Pac-12 predictions: Week 9
By Ted Miller
Both Ted and Kevin had a bad week, going 4-3.
Both missed by picking Utah and Washington to beat Arizona and Arizona State, respectively. Kevin missed with USC over Notre Dame. Ted missed with UCLA over Stanford.
Both are 50-9 on the season.
Both are hoping for better results this week.
ARIZONA at COLORADO
Kevin Gemmell: Ka'Deem Carey has rushed for at least 100 yards in the past nine games in which he’s played, going back to last year. Speaking of last year, remember what he did to the Buffs? This Colorado team is better. But not there yet. Arizona 37, Colorado 20.
Ted Miller: Colorado is going to throw everything at Carey and force Wildcats QB B.J. Denker to win this game. But I'm not sure that Carey can be contained, even with a box loaded with defenders, and I suspect Denker has improved enough to make downfield plays to punish the Buffs for that strategy. Arizona 40, Colorado 24.
UTAH at USC
Gemmell: I want to pick Utah, because I think it is a good team. But Travis Wilson's uncertain status gives me pause, and Utah's lack of sizzle on the road is also a concern. However, USC's uncanny ability to shoot itself in the foot is also a worry. I need to see Utah be able to do it outside of its own state before I can fully commit. Then again … Utah 28, USC 21.
Miller: USC has huge injury issues -- "Hey buddy, can you spare a tight end or receiver?" -- but the injury to Wilson makes it difficult to feel confident in the Utes' chances. I picked Utah on the road last week and got a big, fat wrong. Going to mix things up this week. USC 24, Utah 21.
UCLA at OREGON
Gemmell: UCLA's young and injured offensive line is a concern against a Ducks defense that can create pressure and turnovers. That, and the nearly 58 points per game the Ducks have been putting up should worry UCLA fans. This Oregon team is unlike any other we've seen in the last few years. And it should get De'Anthony Thomas back. Scary. Oregon 49, UCLA 28.
Miller: The Bruins are in game two of a brutal road double: At Stanford, at Oregon. I expect UCLA QB Brett Hundley to bounce back from a poor showing at Stanford with as gutty performance on the road, but his offense won't be able to keep up with Marcus Mariota's, particularly with the return of Thomas. Oregon 45, UCLA 24.
STANFORD at OREGON STATE
Gemmell: When I back the Beavers, they lose. When I pick against them, they win. Oregon State is to Kevin as Cal is to Ted. I simply can't figure this team out. If Stanford's defense is as gritty on the road as it was at home last week, and the Cardinal can control the clock with their running game, they'll win. But the Sean Mannion-to-Brandin Cooks connection is nasty. Nothing motivates the Cardinal more than when people are down on them. And I think a lot of people are still down on them. Stanford 31, Oregon State 28.
Miller: I apologize to Oregon State fans for believing this is Mannion's and Cook's moment. I apologize for believing Mark Banker's defense is going to give the Beavers just enough to steal the upset. Kevin frets about getting his Oregon State picks wrong, just like I do about Cal. But I really wonder if I have some unwanted curse power with the Beavers. Beavers fans, refuse to be superstitious! (Stanford fans are jumping for joy). Oregon State 30, Stanford 28.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON
Gemmell: The Huskies need a win to snap their three-game losing streak. No better time to face a Cal team that is struggling. Washington 42, Cal 21.
Miller: The Huskies are a different team at home. And they should be angry -- on both sides of the ball. The big question is whether QB Keith Price plays and, if he does, if he's effective. Washington 45, California 28.