Thursday, October 25, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 9
By Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell
Welcome to Week 8.
Kevin and Ted both went 4-1 last week. For the season, Ted is 44-15 and Kevin is 43-16.
All games are Saturday.
USC AT ARIZONA
Kevin Gemmell: Unlike Washington last week, the Trojans are much better equipped to handle a shootout. And if the USC passing attack is really back to the level it showed last week, the Trojans have enough firepower to pull away. USC 45, Arizona 35.
Ted Miller: This one gives off the slight scent of an upset. But I'm with Kevin. USC 44, Arizona 28.
UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE
Kevin Gemmell: I think the bye week helps UCLA tremendously, while ASU will likely still be trying to pick up the pieces of last week's loss. A rested UCLA team balances out the fact that it is on the road. UCLA 35, Arizona State 27.
Ted Miller: The Sun Devils will be without defensive tackle Will Sutton, and that's not good. But the Bruins struggle on the road, and I think Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly bounces back. Arizona State 30, UCLA 24.
CALIFORNIA AT UTAH
Kevin Gemmell: Just when I start to put my faith in Cal, they rush for 3 yards. And Utah's defense is coming off probably its best game of the season against Oregon State. Recent history suggests Utah's second-half run starts now. Utah 17, Cal 10.
Ted Miller: It's gut-check time for both teams. The loser might kiss bowl hopes goodbye. We like the Bears to step up for Jeff Tedford. Cal 24, Utah 17.
WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD
Kevin Gemmell: Stanford's defense had as good of a performance as any team in the conference last week. No reason to think that won't carry over with the Cardinal back at home against an offense that has failed to reach the end zone twice this season. Stanford 27, Washington State 10.
Ted Miller: Stanford should be able to control both lines of scrimmage. End of story. Stanford 35, Washington State 13.
COLORADO AT OREGON
Kevin Gemmell: So... next week should be fun. Oregon 49, Colorado 14.
Ted Miller: I suspect Oregon's starters will get plenty of rest in the second half. Oregon 45, Colorado 10.
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON
Kevin Gemmell: Mike Riley has faith in Sean Mannion, and Mannion has been given the green light to play. CenturyLink is a very hostile environment, but the Beavers have done some of their best work on the road this year. Oregon State 24, Washington 14.
Ted Miller: The Huskies have lost three in a row since upsetting Stanford, and quarterback Keith Price has not been himself. The Beavers should keep on trucking, but I wouldn't be surprised if this one was hotly contested deep into the fourth quarter. Oregon State 28, Washington 24.