Thursday, November 17, 2011
Predictions: Pac-12 Week 12
By Ted Miller
Went 5-1 last week -- Arizona State! -- and the season record is now 56-20.
Oregon 42, USC 35: Don't be surprised if the Ducks start slowly. Last weekend was emotional. It's also possible, however, that the Ducks will assert themselves as they did last year against the Trojans and win decisively. Just have a hunch that this one will be highly competitive, though, with Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley playing at a high level.
Stanford 35, California 20: Stanford and Andrew Luck will bounce back with a strong performance in the Big Game. The Bears' chances hinge on QB Zach Maynard passing effectively and efficiently and he's been hot and cold all season.
Washington 33, Oregon State 21: The Huskies should wear down the Beavers with a steady diet of running back Chris Polk -- right, left and up the middle -- no matter who plays quarterback.
Utah 28, Washington State 24: The Utes will win in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and Cougars QB Connor Halliday won't find the going as easy in his first career start against a sound, aggressive Utes defense.
UCLA 30, Colorado 27: The Buffs are hungry to end a 22-game road losing streak, but the Bruins will have just enough to make the South Division be in doubt until the final weekend of the season.
Arizona State 44, Arizona 31: The Sun Devils play much better at home, and they will be able to score as much as they need to against a struggling Wildcats defense.