Thursday, September 20, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 4
By Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell
Welcome to Week 4. Ted and Kevin both went 7-3 in Week 3. Kevin picked Arizona State over Missouri. And Ted may have been just a bit outside with his selection of Colorado to notch the upset at Fresno State.
For the season, Ted is 23-10 and Kevin is 22-11.
California at USC
Kevin Gemmell: The Bears showed a lot of heart in their loss to Ohio State. But they are getting a USC team that is salty and vengeful. The Trojans have owned Cal of late and I expect that to continue. Though the wide receiver talent that will be on the field -- Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Keenan Allen -- is worth tuning in for. USC 28, Cal 14.
Ted Miller: There's a temptation to think the Stanford loss could double-dip USC, which might still be pouting. Cal certainly showed at Ohio State it can physically match a quality foe. But I suspect center Khaled Holmes will return for the Trojans, and that will give them a boost on the offensive line. And Matt Barkley will bounce back. USC 33, California 17.
Arizona at Oregon
Kevin Gemmell: I think Oregon wins this game -- probably by a couple of touchdowns. But I'm most excited to see what the combined yards, first downs and offensive drives are. The Wildcats kick off three consecutive games against very good defenses, so I'm curious to see how they respond. Oregon 49, Arizona 35.
Ted Miller: I suspect this might be competitive at halftime but the Ducks will assert themselves in the second half when the Wildcats' thin defense starts to wear down. Oregon 52, Arizona 28.
Utah at Arizona State
Kevin Gemmell: I think this is the toughest one to predict this week. Lots of unknowns with Utah -- how healthy is John White? How much of last week was just raw emotion against a rival? Penalties and turnovers hurt the Sun Devils, but they rallied hard. When it's a coin flip, go with the home team. ASU 24, Utah 17.
Ted Miller: This is a key separation game in the Pac-12 South. I think playing at home gives the Sun Devils the edge. ASU 28, Utah 20.
Oregon State at UCLA
Kevin Gemmell: Well, we know the Beavers will be rested. And they've had two weeks to prepare. But the Bruins are playing fantastically on both sides of the ball. Datone Jones' emergence (finally) has been a real bright spot for the Bruins on defense. UCLA 31, Oregon State 27.
Ted Miller: Wisconsin's poor showing against Utah State diminished the Beavers' impressive victory over the Badgers. Still, Oregon State should be well rested and has had a lot of time to devise a game plan. Of course, if I pick Oregon State to win, many of their fans will give up all hope. Don't do that. Maybe the curse is over? Oregon State 35, UCLA 33.
Colorado at Washington State
Kevin Gemmell: Connor Halliday? Jeff Tuel? Probably won't matter. While I admire the Buffs' resiliency and commitment to keep grinding, their young secondary will have problems with the Cougars' passing attack. Things are starting to click on offense for Washington State. Washington State 35, Colorado 17.
Ted Miller: Will Colorado man up or will it wave a white flag over its season? I took a long shot last week on the Buffs. Not this week. Washington State 40, Colorado 20.