Pac-10 predictions: Week 5

September, 30, 2010
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Went 4-2 last week -- clearly an editor switched my upset prediction from UCLA to Oregon State -- and the season mark is now 27-7.

Now things get tough: Conference games.

Oregon 41, Stanford 35: The Ducks had a "We just pounded USC" hangover early in last year's game. That won't be the case this year. Two things swing this to the Ducks: 1. Speedy players making big plays in space; 2. The frenzied Autzen horde.

USC 38, Washington 27: Huskies QB Jake Locker will bounce back and turn in a solid performance. But the Huskies defense won't be able to get enough stops on the road for the upset to happen.

Arizona State 31, Oregon State 24: Two good teams with two losses due to brutal schedules. What tips this in the Sun Devils favor is two Beavers injuries: Linebacker Dwight Roberson, who is out, and wide receiver James Rodgers, who is questionable. (And Oregon State fans can thank me for finally picking against them later).

UCLA 28, Washington State 20: Doesn't this set up like a trap game? And isn't the health of UCLA QB Kevin Prince a concern? The Bruins struggle but prevail.

Ted Miller | email

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