Pac-12: San Jose Spartans

Who's going to win? Week 4 Pac-10 picks

September, 18, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Went 7-3 last week -- the reverse of the Pac-10 -- and my overall record thus far is 18-6. But things tend to get harder to figure in conference play, so it's not like I'm cranking up Queen anthems in my office.

Georgia 30, Arizona State 20: Sure, the Bulldogs are making their longest regular-season road trip since 1960. But they are 26-4 on the road under coach Mark Richt and 9-2 when visiting ranked teams. The Sun Devils will challenge the nation's No. 3 team, but won't have the bodies up front on both lines to get it done.

Oregon 33, Boise State 20: Oregon figures to have some offensive ups and downs with first-year players Jeremiah Masoli and Chris Harper stepping in at QB, but the defense should mostly be in control of a rebuilt Broncos offense. Redshirt freshman QB Kellen Moore and four new starters on the offensive line likely won't find Autzen Stadium terribly hospitable.

Arizona 28, UCLA 24: These are two desperate teams after debacles last week. Wildcats coach Mike Stoops is fighting for his job after losing to New Mexico for a second consecutive year, and the Bruins are fighting for pride at home after being humiliated 59-zip at BYU. Arizona has vastly superior firepower on offense, and that will be the difference.

Stanford 24, San Jose State 20: This one will be closer than last year's 37-0 Stanford blowout, but the big question is whether Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh will wave in freshman QB Andrew Luck to help his sagging offense. The Cardinal should be able to move the ball at home against the Spartans, and the defense also should win the day.

Washington State 38, Portland State 28: An FCS opponent that doesn't run the football -- that's exactly what the struggling Cougars and their nation's-worst run defense need. Back home with the more athletic QB Kevin Lopina running the offense, fans might even see signs of life from the Cougars no-huddle spread attack.

Pac-10: A quick look ahead

September, 16, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Just six teams play this weekend, which means there's no way to duplicate last Saturday's seven defeats!

No. 3 Georgia (3-0) at Arizona State (2-1): This was supposed to be a marquee intersectional game, but the Sun Devils flopped last week at home against woeful UNLV. The ASU defense will need to be a lot better on third down against the Bulldogs, but it feels like QB Rudy Carpenter will have to turn in the game of his career for the Sun Devils to notch the upset.

Arizona (2-1) at UCLA (1-1): Both were humiliated last weekend -- no team in the nation more so than the Bruins -- so the winner will feel a whole lot better about itself going forward into the Pac-10 race. If the Wildcats lose, coach Mike Stoops might find his situation precarious. If the Bruins lose, it won't be unfair to say the Nov. 15 date at Washington might decide ninth place in the conference.

Boise State (2-0) at No. 17 Oregon (3-0): The Ducks face a quality opponent without their top two QBs. The Broncos are tough on D, but it will be more interesting to see how their redshirt freshman QB Kellen Moore responds to Autzen Stadium and a dangerous Ducks secondary.

San Jose State (2-1) at Stanford (1-2): The glow is gone from the Cardinal's season-opening win over Oregon State. The offense, particularly, has been terrible since then. The Cardinal blew out the Spartans 37-0 last year, so count on the regional rivals to be plenty motivated.

Portland State (1-1) at Washington State (0-3): A must-win for the Cougars against a FCS foe. If they lose, it's entirely possible they won't win this season.



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