Thursday, November 15, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 12
By Ted Miller
Ted went 6-0 last week. Kevin went 5-1. Kevin is 57-20 for the season, while Ted is 56-21.
All games are Saturday.
ARIZONA AT UTAH
Kevin Gemmell: I like Utah at home. But I also like Ka'Deem Carey. Not sure the Utes have enough on offense to keep up. I'd feel better if Matt Scott were playing, but I'm still leaning toward the Wildcats either way. Arizona 31, Utah 21.
Ted Miller: Utah is tough at home, and JC transfer B.J. Denker, the Wildcats QB with Matt Scott out, has never started a road game in a Pac-12 venue: Utah 28, Arizona 24.
WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE
Kevin Gemmell: I think Washington State's second-half surge last week had more to do with UCLA easing up and wanting to get out of the cold than everything finally clicking for the Cougars. ASU should pull this one out and finally get to bowl eligibility. ASU 31, Washington State 17.
Ted Miller: The Sun Devils' biggest problem during their four-game losing streak was the quality of the opposition. That won't be as big an issue this weekend. Arizona State 33, Washington State 24.
USC AT UCLA
Kevin Gemmell: This one should be much closer than some previous meetings. UCLA's offensive youth -- especially with so much on the line and in such a big game -- makes me hesitant to pick the home team. I'm reluctantly taking USC in what should be a fantastic game. USC 38, UCLA 35.
Ted Miller: Kevin makes a good point about UCLA's youth. The most decisive edge in this matchup is Marqise Lee and Robert Woods vs. the Bruins' secondary. UCLA has hidden some issues in the back half by being aggressive with blitzes and stunts. That doesn't typically work well against Matt Barkley. The Bruins might not win this one, but you get the idea this rivalry is about to start looking very different. USC 35, UCLA 31.
CALIFORNIA AT OREGON STATE
Kevin Gemmell: The Beavers are probably still lamenting a missed opportunity at Stanford (as am I for picking them). But that shouldn't derail them at home this week -- especially against a Cal team limping into its season finale. Oregon State 28, Cal 21.
Ted Miller: Oregon State has a lot to play for, whoever starts at quarterback. Cal does not, though an inspired effort would show the Bears are fighting for embattled coach Jeff Tedford. Oregon State 24, California 17.
STANFORD AT OREGON
Kevin Gemmell: Stanford has shown nothing that leads me to believe it can beat Oregon. That's not a knock on the Cardinal, but more of a compliment to the Ducks. Stanford's defense is playing great, but as David Shaw said, this Oregon team is special. I tend to agree. Oregon 49, Stanford 21.
Ted Miller: The injuries on the Oregon defense are a concern, but the fact remains that Stanford's redshirt freshman QB Kevin Hogan is making his first career road start, and Autzen is not where you want to do that. Oregon 38, Stanford 24.
WASHINGTON AT COLORADO
Kevin Gemmell: Chances ASJ nabs an interception at the line of scrimmage and rumbles for a pick-six? Love the way Bishop Sankey has poured it on. Hang in there Buffs ... it's almost done. Washington 31, Colorado 10.
Ted Miller: The Huskies surely are enjoying the late schedule more than the early part. Washington 40, Colorado 13.