As usual, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post the day before the game — Thursday, in this case.
All games Saturday. All lines courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Washington State (4-5, 2-4 in Pac-12) at Arizona (6-3, 3-3), 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks (UA by 13) — Cougars are coming off a whole lot of down time, which they probably needed after getting thumped at home by Arizona State on Halloween. What looked like a promising season at the halfway point has taken a turn for the worse, though WSU can take a big step toward making its fans feel a lot better about the direction things are headed if it can pull this one out. But the Wildcats’ offense has really come into its own as the season has progressed, and it’s just hard to see the Cougars putting everything together on the road. The pick: Arizona 38, WSU 30.
Utah (4-5, 1-5) at Oregon (8-1, 5-1), 1 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (UO by 27) — Utah looked for all the world like it was starting to get a hang of this whole Pac-12 thing after beating Stanford at home. But that feels like a long, long time ago now. This one shouldn’t be close, even if Marcus Mariota isn’t full strength for the Ducks. The pick: Oregon 49, Utah 20.
California (1-9, 0-7) at Colorado (3-6, 0-6), 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (Colorado by 3) — Someone has to win, right? The pick: California 35, Colorado 24.
Stanford (8-1, 6-1) at USC (7-3, 4-2), 5 p.m., ABC (Stanford by 4.5) — Game of the week, and probably the toughest game Stanford will have until at least the Pac-12 title game. Tempted to pick the Trojans, if only for the feel-good vibes emanating from the program under interim coach Ed Orgeron. If they win this one, his chances of keeping that job will only increase. But Stanford seem too focused now to fail. The pick: Stanford 31, USC 20.
Oregon State (6-3, 4-2) at Arizona State (7-2, 5-1), 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (ASU by 13) — This looked like a much more interesting matchup a few weeks back, before the Beavers were exposed as a pretender of sorts. Then again, maybe this is the week OSU gets everything clicking and surprises everybody all over again. Can never count Mike Riley out. But can’t justify picking the upset here. The pick: ASU 41, OSU 24.
Last week: 3-1 straight-up, 2-2 against the spread. Season: 60-12, 42-29.
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