Thursday, October 4, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 6
By Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell
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.