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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Pac-12 predictions: Week 13

By Ted Miller

Kevin went 4-2 last week, and Ted went 3-3. Both missed on USC-Stanford and Arizona-Washington State. And, of course, Ted missed by picking California to beat Colorado, which Cal fans instantly knew was sure to happen the minute Ted picked the Golden Bears.

So Kevin improves to 65-14, and Ted falls to 64-15.

OREGON at ARIZONA

Kevin Gemmell: The Ducks smell blood. Things swung back in their favor after Stanford’s loss to USC, and I don’t see them giving up control again this season. Rich Rodriguez said his team is looking for national respect. Topping Oregon would help, but with Marcus Mariota near 100 percent, the Ducks will seize the moment. Oregon 49, Arizona 24

Ted Miller: The Ducks should be plenty focused knowing that they now control their Pac-12 destiny. Win out and they get a Rose Bowl berth, which could be an A-list matchup with unbeaten Ohio State. It will be interesting to see if Mariota is running again. And, speaking of running, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey could win himself the Doak Walker Award with a big performance. Oregon 44, Arizona 27

ARIZONA STATE at UCLA

Gemmell: I was torn in the preseason between ASU and UCLA for the South division, and I’m just as torn now. I like UCLA, and I like the fact that Jim Mora is 8-0 all time against South division teams. But ASU’s veteran front seven might give UCLA’s young offensive line some fits. I’ll stick with my original pick of ASU, knowing full well this one is a virtual toss-up. Arizona State 28, UCLA 27

Miller: It looked like the Pac-12 South game of the year in the preseason and both teams have lived up to expectations under second-year head coaches who seem to be pressing all the right buttons. I feel much like Kevin, but I'd feel more comfortable picking Arizona State if the game were in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State 30, UCLA 27

USC at COLORADO

Gemmell: Fire melts snow, and the Trojans are on fire right now. The weather might be a factor, but the Trojans are playing so loose and easy right now that Ed Orgeron will probably give the team snow cones. I like Colorado’s progress. I like the Trojans’ better right now. USC 31, Colorado 21

Miller: Colorado got a conference win over California and, at 4-6, we're already ready to call Mike MacInytre's first season a success. Yet USC is no Cal. While some might wonder if the Trojans will have a letdown game, they seem to be having too much fun not to show up in top form. USC 40, Colorado 17

UTAH at WASHINGTON STATE

Gemmell: Can Utah win outside its home state? Can Washington State win a conference game at home? Utah has that wounded-animal mentality right now, which is dangerous. But Washington State is on the cusp of bowl eligibility, while the Utes haven’t won since the Stanford game, which felt like a lifetime ago. Washington State 28, Utah 24

Miller: When in doubt, and I am in doubt here, go with the home team. And it also matters that the visiting team will be using its backup quarterback. Further, the more I thought about the Cougs’ win at Arizona, the more I thought Mike Leach has got his guys focused. Washington State 31, Utah 28

WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE

Gemmell: Both teams are desperate for something good to happen. Keith Price’s health is a concern. Equally concerning is Oregon State’s offensive inefficiencies the past three games, in which they’ve averaged 14 points. Going to stick with my formula of picking the home team in potentially tight games, but I don’t feel particularly good about either one right now. Oregon State 24, Washington 21

Miller: Oregon State fans, you can thank me later. Washington 27, Oregon State 24

CALIFORNIA at STANFORD

Gemmell: The Bears are a Big Game-record 31½-point underdogs. Stanford is angry and bitter about letting the division slip away. Cal fans should be embracing the mantra that anything can happen in a rivalry game because it can. But it won’t. Stanford 38, California 17

Miller: The good news, Cal fans, is the schedule gives you a much-needed bye next week. That way you can rest up and get healthy and refocused for … Oh. Well, it might even be better news that the season will be over. Stanford 40, California 13