Pac-12: game prediction

Pac-12 predictions: Week 13

November, 21, 2012
Kevin went 4-2 last week. Ted went 3-3. Kevin is 61-22 for the season. Ted is 59-24.



Kevin Gemmell: Even though the Utes aren't going bowling this year, revenge is still a factor after what happened in the regular-season finale last year. Folks are trying to build this into a rivalry -- and maybe it will be. But Utah has to win one first. Utah 31, Colorado 17.

Ted Miller: This will become a rivalry as soon as both teams find their footing in the Pac-12. Utah is a bit closer to doing that than Colorado. Utah 38, Colorado 20.


Kevin Gemmell: Perhaps a quick burst of life from the Cougs before we pull the plug on what has been a complete bummer of a season. But not enough to top a Washington team that has taken care of its business against a weaker back-end schedule. Washington 35, Washington State 21.

Ted Miller: One of the worst things I heard all week was the likely absence of Cougars defensive end Travis Long, a guy who has busted his butt as a four-year starter for a bad team. He deserved better, and I hope he gets just that in the NFL. If the Huskies show up with focus, they should have no problem. Washington 30, Washington State 17.


Kevin Gemmell: Really, really tough call here. Both teams have so many similarities. And I think both new coaches will make this a great rivalry for years to come. But Ka'Deem Carey has blossomed into one of the nation's best runners, so I'll bank on him at home in a tight one. Arizona 38, Arizona State 35.

Ted Miller: The home team has lost the past three Territorial Cups. That and my need to catch up to Kevin -- he picks first -- are the foundation of my pick here. Arizona State 38, Arizona 35.



Kevin Gemmell: The smart money says pick Notre Dame against a USC team that doesn't have Matt Barkley. But I'm going against my instincts, because the Pac-12 homer in me says "Fight On." #beLEEve. USC 35, Notre Dame 21.

Ted Miller: I don't believe. I think a very good Notre Dame team is going to come into the Coliseum and open up a can of whup-butt. If the Trojans show up like they have about half the time this season, they will get embarrassed. Notre Dame 28, USC 17.


Kevin Gemmell: Toughest call of the week by far. I can't recall a team having faced Doak Walker Award finalists in back-to-back weeks to close out a season. But if Stanford's defense plays like it did last week, the Bruins will be hard-pressed to find the end zone. Stanford 21, UCLA 20.

Ted Miller: I know that the UCLA guys are really competitive and want to win this game because competitive folks always want to win. But there's surely just this little inkling that it might boost the Bruins' Rose Bowl chances to not go to Oregon next Friday in the Pac-12 championship game, which would happen if they beat the Cardinal and the Ducks beat Oregon State. UCLA, which has already won the South Division, probably would rather visit Stanford for Take 2 six days later with the Rose Bowl on the line than go to Eugene. Stanford 27, UCLA 20.


Kevin Gemmell: Love everything about the Beavers this year. But I suspect a bitter Oregon team that still has a shot at the conference championship and an outside chance at the national title game returns to form (at least offensively) in the Civil War. I still see a big day for Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Oregon 45, Oregon State 38.

Ted Miller: I would not be shocked if Oregon State pulled the upset because of how the Beavers have played this year, consistently thwarting all doubters. But I'm still going with the Ducks because I remain unconvinced -- call me stubborn or something more colorful -- that any other team in the nation is better than Oregon, no matter what happened last week. Oregon 40, Oregon State 28.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 12

November, 15, 2012
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 11

November, 8, 2012
Kevin went 5-1 last week, adding to his lead over Ted, who went 4-2. Kevin is 52-19 for the season, while Ted is 50-21.

All games are Saturday.


Kevin Gemmell: Welcome back to bowl eligibility, Wildcats. Arizona 35, Colorado 17

Ted Miller: The only intrigue is what the Wildcats will look like with backup quarterback B.J. Denker replacing an injured Matt Scott. Arizona 30, Colorado 20


Kevin Gemmell: The schedule is finally catching up with the Sun Devils, who have dropped three straight. I expect USC to come out bitter and blazing. USC 38, Arizona State 24

Ted Miller: Both teams are wounded and will be either highly motivated or flat. The Sun Devils have been very good against the pass this season, leading the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense and ranking second in sacks. Still, the Trojans, playing at home, are the pick. USC 35, Arizona State 21


Kevin Gemmell: Wow, were we off on UCLA last week. Very impressive win for the Bruins on both sides of the ball. No reason to think the Bruins can't keep it rolling against a Washington State team that is having all sorts of problems on offense and defense. UCLA 35, Washington State 17

Ted Miller: This feels like a test of the Bruins' focus. They traditionally have not played well in Pullman, where it figures to be chilly Saturday night. But the Cougs lost their best player this week in wide receiver Marquess Wilson, and there seem to be some issues between the players and coach Mike Leach. UCLA 38, Washington State 24


Kevin Gemmell: Cal could pull off the spoiler of all spoilers. But as the warrior poet Wayne Campbell once said: "It could happen, and monkeys might fly out of ... " -- well, you know the rest. Ducks roll. Oregon 49, Cal 21

Ted Miller: Oregon's defensive line has some injury issues, but the Cal O-line has been awful -- in large part due to its own injury woes. And the Bears will be without quarterback Zach Maynard. Another Super Bowl win for Chip Kelly's crew. Oregon 45, Cal 17


Kevin Gemmell: I've gone back and forth on this one. Stanford is stronger at home, and the defense is fantastic. Oregon State actually has better numbers on the road, and likewise, the defense is fantastic. Both are starting quarterbacks who lack experience. But Cody Vaz is at least 3-0 as a starter, and that includes winning in a tough environment like BYU. Tough call here, but I'm leaning toward the Beavers because of the guys Vaz is throwing to. Oregon State 24, Stanford 21

Ted Miller: Oregon State should expect to see a lot of the defensive elements Stanford used to stymie USC, so the biggest question will be how well the Beavers' offensive line plays against a diversity of pressures. The Cardinal defense will want to force Vaz to throw a lot, but Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks could feast against the Cardinal secondary. Still, I like Stanford at home. Stanford 21, Oregon State 17


Kevin Gemmell: I love the run the Utes have gone on and I like how they are getting production in all three phases. But CenturyLink has chewed up and spit out offenses this season. I'll take a Washington team that has beaten two top-10 teams at home over a Utah squad that is 0-4 on the road. Washington 24, Utah 17

Ted Miller: The Utes need to win two of their final three games to earn bowl eligibility, and with the season finale against Colorado, that would seem to mean they need to win this game or against Arizona next weekend at home. Both teams have won two in a row, but I think the Huskies will get it done at their home away from home. Washington 24, Utah 20

Pac-12 predictions: Week 10

November, 1, 2012
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 9

October, 25, 2012
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 8

October, 18, 2012
Welcome to Week 8.

Kevin, a big show-off, went 6-0 last week and stands at 39-15 for the season. Ted went 4-2 -- missing on Utah and BYU, meaning an entire state fooled him -- and is 40-14.

Oregon at Arizona State (Thursday)

Kevin Gemmell: I like what I've seen from the Sun Devils and think they'll hang for a while -- especially because they are at home. But I just don't think they are ready to challenge a team like Oregon. Oregon 49, Arizona State 31.

Ted Miller: Arizona State has played well during a 5-1 start, opening the Todd Graham era with a bang. But there's a vast distance between teams the Sun Devils have played and Oregon. It will be interesting to see how both quarterbacks react to a big stage. Oregon 35, Arizona State 24.

Washington at Arizona

Kevin Gemmell: Lots of inconsistent play from the Huskies so far this season. I like that the Wildcats are at home and they are coming off a bye. Call this one a hunch. Arizona 38, Washington 27.

Ted Miller: The question is whether the Huskies' offense will find enough juice to keep up with Arizona and QB Matt Scott. I'm guessing no. Arizona 40, Washington 35.

Colorado at USC

Kevin Gemmell: Matt Barkley & Co. should put up some big numbers against one of the youngest secondaries in the country. Should be a good learning experience for Colorado's youngsters that they can use going forward. USC 42, Colorado 10.

Ted Miller: The Colorado defense, a young, struggling bunch, offers a good opportunity for the USC offense to find some rhythm. USC 40, Colorado 13.

Stanford at California

Kevin Gemmell: For as bad as Stanford's offense has been on the road, the defense has been pretty darn good. Cal has a two-game win streak, and a win would bring it back into bowl contention. I really am split on this, and when that happens, lean toward the home team. Cal 24, Stanford 17.

Ted Miller: I'm with Kevin. I think the Bears will get a big win for coach Jeff Tedford. I suspect Stanford, after last week's emotional loss -- and physical game -- will be flat, big game or not. Cal 20, Stanford 17.

Utah at Oregon State

Kevin Gemmell: We know Cody Vaz can handle things just fine. OSU's offensive playmakers are clicking, and the defense is beastly. No reason to bet against them at home. Oregon State 31, Utah 17.

Ted Miller: The Beavers need to maintain their edge because the Utes are capable of pulling the upset. But we're not picking it. Oregon State 28, Utah 20.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 7

October, 11, 2012
Welcome to Week 7. The season is flying by, eh?

Kevin went 4-1 last week and stands at 33-15 for the season. Ted went 5-0 and is 36-12.

Arizona State at Colorado (Thursday)

Kevin Gemmell: There is minor concern that the Sun Devils will be looking ahead to their game against Oregon the following week, but not enough to warrant calling an upset. The true test for this team comes a week later. Arizona State 35, Colorado 14.

Ted Miller: Nice test for Todd Graham to get his team ready for the Buffaloes without their looking ahead to you-know-who next week. So far, Graham and the Sun Devils have passed just about every test. Arizona State 42, Colorado 20.

Stanford at Notre Dame

Kevin Gemmell: The only data we have on Josh Nunes on the road is Washington, and the data isn't good. Plus, Notre Dame is probably looking for some vengeance in the post-Andrew Luck era. At Stanford, I like the Cardinal. At Notre Dame, I like the Irish. Notre Dame 24, Stanford 17.

Ted Miller: It's possible that Notre Dame is overrated. It's possible that the Irish offense won't be able to do much against Stanford's defense. And it's possible that Nunes had his breakthrough game in the comeback win over Arizona. But I still like Notre Dame, feasting on momentum and playing at home. Notre Dame 24, Stanford 20.

USC at Washington

Kevin Gemmell: I'd imagine Steve Sarkisian rallies the troops nicely. He knows USC as well as any coach in the conference. But that doesn't make up for the superior skill-position players of the Trojans, who seem to be getting back on track. USC 38, Washington 21.

Ted Miller: This will be the Trojans' fourth road game, so they are either road-weary or road-tested. They had extra days to get ready, though, after playing last Thursday, and I think that will make a difference. USC 35, Washington 20.

Utah at UCLA

Kevin Gemmell: A curious game. UCLA really looked young against Cal on offense -- which it is. But the mistakes UCLA made seemed to compound, whereas before, it was able to brush them off. John White seems to be back to form. But I still prefer the home team when all things are almost equal. UCLA 28, Utah 21.

Ted Miller: I sense you guys out there who aren't Utah fans are getting lured into a false sense of security with the Utes. That feels like a potential mistake. Lots of Pac-12 teams would be 0-2 in conference play if they had played Arizona State and USC. Last year, Utah stomped the Bruins 31-6. I'm going with the road dog. Utah 28, UCLA 27.

California at Washington State

Kevin Gemmell: At this point, the Washington State defense is outperforming the offense -- and we saw what Cal is capable of when it actually puts it together. Something finally clicked, and I don't think the Bears shut it off this week. Cal 27, Washington State 21.

Ted Miller: It's a simple question, really: Can Cal reproduce the focused performance it had against UCLA? If so, the Bears win big. If not, they flop. We like the New Fighting Tedfords to continue their reclamation of the season. Cal 35, Washington State 24.

Oregon State at BYU

Kevin Gemmell: If Cody Vaz is even three-quarters as efficient as Sean Mannion was, then I don't think the drop-off will be too significant. I think the Beavers rally around Vaz, and the defense is playing very good ball. There is also enough offensive firepower that Mannion's absence doesn't have to be a deal breaker for OSU. Oregon State 17, BYU 7.

Ted Miller: If Mannion were playing, the Beavers would be the pick. But he's not. I think winning at BYU, which is very good on defense, is too much to ask of a young guy making his first career start. BYU 20, Oregon State 10.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 6

October, 4, 2012
Welcome to Week 6. Both of us went 4-1 last week, with both missing on Stanford-Washington.

For the season, Ted is 31-12 and Kevin is 29-14.

USC at Utah (Thursday)

Kevin Gemmell: I expect Rice-Eccles to be loud and raucous. But I also expect that the week off did the Trojans more good than it did the Utes. Expecting USC to look like the team we all thought they were in front of a national TV audience. USC 42, Utah 21.

Ted Miller: Will the USC offense get on track with center Khaled Holmes likely out? Fifth-year senior Abe Markowitz did a mostly nice job replacing Holmes against California (he also was out with an injury during the loss to Stanford), but you can expect the Utes be eager to see what a backup center can do against 325-pound DT Star Lotulelei. USC 28, Utah 17.

Arizona at Stanford

Kevin Gemmell: This is a critical game for both teams -- with Arizona entering a brutal stretch of games and the Cardinal coming off their first loss of the season. I'll give Josh Nunes a better chance to rebound at home than if this game was on the road. Stanford 24, Arizona 21.

Ted Miller: Stanford played poorly against Washington. I suspect it will play much better this week, particularly against a Wildcats defense that is struggling. The matchup of Arizona QB Matt Scott and his offense against the tough Cardinal defense should be interesting. Stanford 30, Arizona 20.

UCLA at California

Kevin Gemmell: The young Bruins showed a great deal of maturity in their efficient dismantling of Colorado. Memorial Stadium isn't having the 12th man effect that many were hoping. The Bruins are the hotter, more confident team. UCLA 35, Cal 24.

Ted Miller: There is every reason to believe UCLA will win this game, based on the play of both teams so far. Call this one a hunch. California 31, UCLA 28.

Washington at Oregon

Kevin Gemmell: Great win for the Huskies last week. But I'm expecting that Oregon probably will put a better offensive product on the field than the Cardinal did. Plus Oregon's defense is comparable to Stanford's and outside of two big plays, the Huskies struggled to move the ball. Ducks make it nine in a row. Oregon 52, Washington 28.

Ted Miller: A lot of things worked well for Washington against Stanford, and that should bolster the Huskies' confidence in Autzen Stadium. There may be a feeling-out period here, which has been a recent pattern between these rivals, but I expect the Ducks to surge in the second half, which also has been a recent pattern between these rivals. Oregon 42, Washington 20.

Washington State at Oregon State

Kevin Gemmell: Oregon State has the best résumé of wins in the conference and after tough back-to-back road wins, they should pick up a double-digit victory at home. I liked Washington State's moxie against the Ducks and Arizona exposed some holes in the Beavers' secondary. I suspect that will be patched by Saturday. Oregon State 38, Washington State 24.

Ted Miller: Oregon State needs to be wary of complacency. The Cougars showed some fight against Oregon. Beavers fans, feel free to worry about this one. I think it's justified. But I also don't think the Cougars can cover Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Oregon State 40, Washington State 28.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 5

September, 27, 2012
Welcome to Week 5. Ted Miller went 4-1 last week and Kevin Gemmell went 3-2, with Ted successfully nailing Oregon State's upset win at UCLA like the prescient prognosticator he is.

For the season, Ted is 27-11 and Kevin is 25-13.

No. 8 Stanford at Washington (Thursday)

Kevin Gemmell: The first road start is never easy, but Josh Nunes has to be bubbling with confidence from the last time the Cardinal were on the field. Injury concerns on the offensive line are never good -- especially when playing Stanford. Just ask USC. Stanford 24, Washington 13.

Ted Miller: The Huskies' offensive line is beaten up, and that's not good against Stanford. It will be interesting to see how the new-look Huskies defense handles the Cardinal running game, which gashed Washington for 446 yards last year. Stanford 28, Washington 17.

Arizona State at California

Kevin Gemmell: If Taylor Kelly and Co. play like they did against Utah all season long, they will contend for the South. The Bears are in disarray, though they've won eight of the past nine meetings. I'll go with the hot team right now. Arizona State 35, California 27.

Ted Miller: The Sun Devils have played three good games at home and one bad game on the road. Can they take the next step and win on the road in a place they rarely do? I think yes. Arizona State 30, California 27.

UCLA at Colorado

Kevin Gemmell: Last week was a learning experience for both teams -- and all the credit to the Buffs for gutting one out. But the Bruins have more playmakers than Washington State, plus a tougher defense. Brett Hundley-to-Shaq Evans looks scary. UCLA 35, Colorado 10.

Ted Miller: I suspect that Colorado's win over Washington State got UCLA's attention, and the Bruins also are coming off a tough loss, so they should be pretty focused. UCLA rolled 45-6 last year against the Buffs, but I think this one will be closer. UCLA 35, Colorado 20.

No. 18 Oregon State at Arizona

Kevin Gemmell: This is perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the week. If Oregon State wins, it likely climbs into the top 15. If Arizona wins, it's back in the Top 25. Both teams are coming off two very different games. The Beavers are the more balanced team -- which should come in handy on the road again. Oregon State 27, Arizona 20.

Ted Miller: I'd be more prone to like the Wildcats' chances if QB Matt Scott didn't bang up his hip at Oregon. In fact, I suspect the Wildcats might be pretty banged up across the board after a physical game in Eugene. After watching the Beavers beat a capable UCLA squad with rugged defense, I tend to think that's what will happen again. Oregon State 28, Arizona 24.

No. 2 Oregon vs. Washington State (in Seattle)

Kevin Gemmell: I was right predicting Oregon's 49 points last week. I was just a little off on calling Arizona's 35. I won't make the same mistake again. The Ducks' defense is as advertised. Marcus Mariota has enough weapons to overcome any jitters there might be about making his first road start. Oregon 49, Washington State 13.

Ted Miller: But I wanted 49! Not sure if CenturyLink Field will feel like a road game for Oregon, as Ducks fans likely will be close to equal with Washington State fans. The Cougars have not shown that they can hang with the Ducks (see the loss to Colorado). I expect this to be a little like the Ducks' first three games: Jump to an early lead, give up some points with the starters out in the fourth quarter. Oregon 52, Washington State 20.