Thursday, November 10, 2011
Predictions: Pac-12 Week 11
By Ted Miller
Went 3-3 last week -- yeesh -- and the season record is now 51-19.
Oregon 35, Stanford 30: All season long I was a Stanford lean, in large part due to homefield advantage, which will allow Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck to communicate however he pleases throughout the game. But after watching the Ducks defense seem to grow up versus Washington, it just seems like Oregon has too much overall team speed on both sides of the ball.
Colorado 33, Arizona 28: It seems like a bad matchup: Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles versus a beaten up, bad Buffaloes secondary. But the Buffs are getting healthier, and their final home game of the season will produce their first Pac-12 win.
USC 35, Washington 27: Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley will turn in another Luck-like performance and end the Huskies two-game winning streak in the series.
California 28, Oregon State 24: Cal never beats Oregon State. And I never pick either of these teams correctly. But Cal is at home -- sort of at AT&T park -- and seemed to figure out last week against Washington State that it needs to run the ball and play defense to win.
Utah 24, UCLA 20: The Utes have the sort of front seven that can stop UCLA's pistol attack. And Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will have some nice inside info to help game plan.
Arizona State 41, Washington State 31: The Sun Devils are 1-3 on the road this year, but they should have the right amount of desperation to be focused and intense after blowing one at UCLA. News of a Bruins defeat also figures to trickle into the locker room.