Thursday, October 8, 2009
Who's going to win? Week 6 Pac-10 picks
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Call me nuts!
Another mediocre week -- 3-2 -- makes me 25-11 on the season. So proceed with caution into this week's picks, which go with four road teams.
Which can't possibly be right.
Oregon 28, UCLA 20: UCLA gets its starting quarterback, Kevin Prince, back. Oregon likely will go with its backup quarterback, Nate Costa. The Ducks are back on the road for the first time since Boise State. UCLA is pretty stout on defense. Lots of reasons suggest a potential upset. But the Ducks have so much momentum, it's hard to jump off the bandwagon.
Arizona State 35, Washington State 10: The game presents a great opportunity for Sun Devils quarterback Danny Sullivan to make some plays and build his confidence. The biggest problem for Washington State is it won't be able to handle the Sun Devils' defense.
Stanford 28, Oregon State 24: Stanford is rolling, but the Beavers won't go quietly here, particularly with the Rodgers brothers doing their thing. In the end, it seems like the Cardinal are better on both lines. And Toby Gerhart will lure the Beavers in, so quarterback Andrew Luck can make a few plays downfield.
Arizona 30, Washington 27: This feels like the "could go either way" game of the week. Arizona is coming off a bye. Washington is angry and desperate. Not sure which has the advantage there. Ultimately, it's about defense. The Wildcats have enough to stop the Huskies when the game is on the line.