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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Who's going to win? Week 13 Pac-10 picks


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

My upset special of Washington over UCLA? Nope. California ruining Oregon State's Rose Bowl dreams? Nope, take 2.

A 3-2 mark leaves me at 52-14 for the season.

Arizona 30, Oregon State 27: Arizona has the offensive line to slow down the Beavers' fierce pass rush and the skill and experience to make plays and score. Plus, the Wildcats are a different team at home. Of course, this prediction rests on the ability of the Wildcats' defense to play like it did in the second half at Oregon, not the first. They must limit big plays from the Rodgers brothers and Sammie Stroughter.

California 24, Stanford 17: It's a big game that lives up to its name as Stanford is fighting for its first bowl berth since 2001 and California is trying to improve its bowl positioning and regain the Axe. Both teams want to run, and Stanford does that better. But Cal is better at stopping it. Both quarterbacks have been inconsistent this year, but it seems like an opportune time for Cal's Kevin Riley to prove worthy of the Memorial Stadium love he's received through these past months.

Washington 27, Washington State 24: After all the quips about these two teams' place at the bottom of college football -- yes, guilty as charged here, too -- these two rivals will get after each other with passion and intensity. Bet on it. The Cougars' cause was helped greatly by the return of quarterback Kevin Lopina to practice Wednesday after he was knocked out of the Arizona State game with a concussion. That gives them a chance. But looking at the totality of both seasons and rosters, it just seems like the Huskies have more ammunition, despite their winless record.