Picks of the week: Season-defining weekend for the Pac-12 (and several games are a long way from home)


Week Three supplies the Pac-12 with the chance to bolster its collective resume and a closing likelihood to exert its dominance over … the Mountain West.

If solely we had been joking.

To this point, the Pac-12 is Three-Three towards its neighbor:

Hawaii 45, Arizona 38

Colorado 52, Colorado State 31

USC 31, Fresno State 23

Hawaii 31, Oregon State 28

San Diego State 23, UCLA 14

Oregon 77, Nevada 6

The 2 video games scheduled for Saturday, Hawaii at Washington and Air Drive at Colorado, are the ultimate matchups of the season.

If the Rainbow Warriors win in Seattle, we’d as properly declare them Pac-12 champs and switch our consideration to the lads’s basketball season.

Err …

Sarcasm apart, this can be a important week for the convention: Two dates with the Huge 12, a 3rd with the Huge Ten and 6 video games towards the Group of 5.

To carry a spot on the desk within the Energy 5, you could beat the Group of 5.

Thus far, the Pac-12 is 7-Four towards main faculty groups that aren’t within the ACC, Huge 12, Huge Ten and SEC and aren’t Notre Dame.

The Week Three matchups so as of significance — based mostly on the Hotline’s fully subjective requirements — for the Pac-12’s status:

6. Oklahoma at UCLA (FOX): Would slot this increased if the Bruins had an inexpensive likelihood to win.

5. Texas Tech at Arizona (ESPN): Pink Raiders are second tier within the Huge 12. On its dwelling turf, needs to be a Pac-12 win.

Four. Hawaii at Washington (Pac-12 Networks): Can’t be a loss. Can’t be shut.

Three. Stanford at UCF (ESPN): Loss by perennial Pac-12 energy to one of many G5’s finest would add to adverse nationwide narrative.

2. Arizona State at Michigan State (FOX): Any head-to-head win over a top-tier B1G program carries weight.

1. USC at BYU (ABC): Trojans have the expertise and the schedule juice to signify the convention on the nationwide stage by way of the stretch run of the common season. A loss in Provo would squash that chance.

Right here we go …

Final week: 5-2

Season: 9-7

5-star particular: 1-1

All picks towards the unfold.Strains taken from vegasinsider.com (for leisure functions solely, or not)

No decide (FCS opponent): Oregon, Oregon State and Utah

Washington State (minus-9) at Houston (Friday): Mike Leach vs. disciple Dan Holgorsen ought to surpass the purpose complete (74) by the tip of the third quarter. This isn’t a check for the Cougars, nevertheless it’s a minimum of a quiz after two weeks of no homework and taking part in paper soccer within the classroom. Lengthy journey, quick week: Decide: Houston

Air Drive (plus-5) at Colorado: The Buffs are on letdown alert towards a Entrance Vary foe they haven’t performed in a long time. The triple choice isn’t a great treatment for the Cornhusker hangover. Decide: Air Drive

Stanford (plus-7.5) at UCF: Let’s see … blowout loss to a rival … All-American left sort out misplaced for the 12 months … lengthy journey into the humidity and afternoon kickoff … proficient opponent that performs at warp pace: We wouldn’t be shocked by a 20 level Stanford loss. However as an alternative of zigging, we’ll zag. Decide: Stanford.

USC (minus-Four) at BYU: The Cougars have allowed 504 yards dashing in two video games. After Saturday, it’ll be 1,008 in three. Should you can’t include the Trojans’ floor assault, there’s no option to cease their aerial sport. Decide: USC.

Arizona State (plus-14) at Michigan State: Arduous time envisioning a situation through which the Solar Devils make sufficient performs within the fourth quarter to win. However they need to make sufficient within the first, second and third quarters to cowl. Herm Edwards was Three-1 towards the unfold as a street underdog final season. Simply sayin’. Decide: Arizona State.

North Texas (plus-14) at Cal: This has not been beforehand reported, however the Bears’ return to campus after the ultra-late end in Seattle was delayed for hours. Their flight had a layover in Letdown Metropolis. Decide: North Texas.

Hawaii (plus-21) at Washington: Good confidence-building opponent for UW quarterback Jacob Eason. Unhealthy confidence-building opponent for UW’s protection. Hawaii can rating, and can rating … after which it’s going to rating some extra. Decide: Hawaii.

Oklahoma (minus-22.5) at UCLA: The Bruins had been a 29-point underdog final 12 months in Norman and a 21-point canine final 12 months at dwelling towards Washington — and coated each occasions. And the factors would look awfully good if we hadn’t watched that Oklahoma offense. Oh, my. Decide: Oklahoma.

Texas Tech (minus-2) at Arizona: Our lean is the house underdog with the dynamic quarterback, however we’re all in with the whole. This sucker ought to zoom previous 77 factors halfway by way of the fourth quarter — and previous 11 p.m., too. Decide: Arizona

Straight-up winners: Washington State, Colorado, UCF, USC, Michigan State, Cal, Washington, Oklahoma and Arizona.

5-star particular: Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors are higher than Jap Washington however not so good as Cal. Midway between Washington’s 33-point win and its one-point loss we discover a tougher-than-expected encounter for a house staff that has points to resolve on the fly.

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