Thursday, November 1, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 10
By Ted Miller
It was an ugly week for Ted, as his 2-4 record compared to Kevin's 4-2 mark means we have a new leader: Kevin's record improved to 47-18, while Ted's tumbled to 46-19.
WASHINGTON AT CALIFORNIA (Friday)
Kevin Gemmell: I think the Huskies jump-started something last week with the win over Oregon State and this week we'll finally see them on the road against a team they match up well with. Cal is just reeling. Washington 28, California 14.
Ted Miller: The hits keep coming at Cal, where there was a report that WR Keenan Allen suffered an injury against Utah and might be out. That, as they say, wouldn't be good. A reeling team, as Kevin says, should help the Huskies overcome their road woes: Washington 24, California 17.
ARIZONA AT UCLA
Kevin Gemmell: This might be the toughest pick of the year. I love the way the Wildcats are playing and I love the grittiness UCLA showed last week. The Bruins' inconsistencies on defense, however, don't bode well against an offense like Arizona's. Arizona 38, UCLA 31
Ted Miller: The challenge for Arizona is getting over its euphoria after the USC win and taking its full focus on the road to UCLA. At this point, it's hard to bet against QB Matt Scott. A Bruins win, by the way, will raise an eyebrow over just who might end up winning the L.A. College Football Championship. Arizona 40, UCLA 35.
ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE
Kevin Gemmell: Oregon State's defense is better than UCLA's and I think the Beavers are awfully mad about the way they played against the Huskies. Tough road environment as well for the Sun Devils -- who might get Will Sutton back, but he won't be 100 percent. The Cody Vaz decision scares me a bit, but I think the defense wins this one for the Beavers. Think ... but I don't feel great about this one. Oregon State 24, Arizona State 17.
Ted Miller: Both teams are trying to bounce back from tough losses and stay in their respective division races. Oregon State also has injury issues, as receiver Markus Wheaton (concussion) and cornerback Jordan Poyer (knee) are questionable. I expect a gritty game from two hungry teams. Arizona State 20, Oregon State 17.
OREGON AT USC
Kevin Gemmell: I look at all of the playmakers on USC's roster and I just have trouble believing Oregon will roll through USC like it has every other team. But then again it's Oregon -- and Oregon rolls. Oregon 49, USC 31.
Ted Miller: USC, like most teams, plays much better at home. So I expect the Trojans to show up and play well, and that means this game will go into the fourth quarter. But Oregon wins. Oregon 40, USC 35.
STANFORD AT COLORADO
Kevin Gemmelll: Good game to get Kevin Hogan a few more snaps. The Cardinal's offense needs a boost, but the defense is just fine. Stanford 35, Colorado 10.
Ted Miller: Stanford's offense will get on track against Colorado because every offense has gotten on track against Colorado. Stanford 38, Colorado 13.
WASHINGTON STATE AT UTAH
Kevin Gemmelll: I threw my support behind the Utes last week and they didn't let me down. I think Jeff Tuel started to figure some things out against Stanford, but Utah's defense should apply a similar amount of pressure. Travis Wilson is starting to figure some things out too. Utah 24, Washington State 17.
Ted Miller: I get a feeling that Utah is about to begin a run not unlike last year, when it also started 0-4 in Pac-12 play. That said, the Cougars have been flashing improvement, and in a bit of a surprise, a lot of that has been on defense. If QB Jeff Tuel and the offense get going, this one could be a surprise. But the Utes at home are hard to pick against. Utah 28, Washington State 24.