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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Who's going to win? Picking the Pac-10, Week 2


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

6-2 last week, but still kicking myself for wimping out on my Stanford over Oregon State hunch.

Arizona State 31, Stanford 17: The heat won't get to Stanford because it was 100 last week in the Bay Area, but I'm guessing Sun Devils QB Rudy Carpenter will. Also, I'm not sold on how well Stanford can move the ball, particularly when the Sun Devils crowd the line to stop Toby Gerhart and challenge Tavita Pritchard to win through the air.

Penn State 35, Oregon State 30: Temping to pick an upset because I get the idea that Penn State doesn't properly respect Oregon State. But my issues with the Beavers remain the same: OL and D-front seven. Guessing QB Lyle Moevao and his skill guys keep this interesting.

Washington 33, BYU 27: The upset special. I've seen Tyrone Willingham's Huskies in the absolute dumps before and then pull off a performance no one saw coming. Folks love to talk about BYU as the latest non-BCS interloper -- hey, I ranked them too -- but I remain a BCSist. I'd rate the Cougars fifth in the Pac-10, which means they are not out of reach of a Huskies team fighting for its -- and its coach's -- reputation.

California 40, Washington State 24: Cal will be a little flat after a big win last week, and the Cougars will come out fighting in front of their home fans. But, eventually, the Bears' talent will create separation and punish Coug mistakes.

Oregon 71, Utah State 3: Question for the Ducks -- can you match the perfect symmetry of Arizona's 70-zip Idaho beat-down? Only interesting thing about this game is how much -- and how well -- QB Justin Roper plays.

Arizona 48, Toledo 24: After Saturday, Mike Stoops and his Wildcats will be four wins from bowl eligibility. And another solid performance will have more folks sipping the punch that the Wildcats might be pretty good.