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Pac-12 predictions: Week 4

Discussion in 'CU Buffs Newsroom' started by RSSBot, Sep 22, 2011.

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]Went 8-2 last week -- missed on Utah (good job Utes) and Arizona State (drrr, Sun Devils) -- and the season record stands ot 25-7.

    Conference play! Which is much harder to pick (my degree of confidence is high on only one of these picks).

    All games are Saturday.

    California*28,*Washington 24: The Huskies defense is struggling and this is the best offensive line it will have faced. Cal QB Zach Maynard making his first start in a tough road venue is a concern, but not as much as Huskies QB Keith Price running around on a pair of sprained knees. And, Cal, I'm warning you ... don't make me wrong (again). You wouldn't like me when I'm wrong.

    Ohio State 30, Colorado 17: My hunch is the Buckeyes are going to come out highly motivated in front of the Horseshoe crowd to show folks they are still relevant after falling out of the top-25 for the first time since 2004. And, well, the Buffs haven't won*outside the state*in 19 games.

    Oregon State 33, UCLA 30: The edge goes to the Beavers because of home field and the return of receiver*James Rodgers and tight end*Joe Halahuni. If you want*a basis for reservations, it's not good that the Beavers are missing their two best defensive tackles and their*starting running back, or that my Twitter feed lit up with reports of INTs from new starting QB Sean Mannion during Wednesday's practice.

    Oregon 44, Arizona 28: It would be pretty cool if these two teams put on another show like they did in Tucson in 2009, but the Ducks defense is good enough to handle a one-dimensional team. That said: If the Wildcats find a running game against a Ducks run-D that has been curiously suspect, this could be closer than the experts think. And by "experts," I mean all Oregon fans, of course.

    Arizona State 27, USC 24: I really wish that Sun Devils defensive end Junior Onyeali didn't get hurt because I love how he plays and his presence would make me more confidence in this pick. But I like the Sun Devils bouncing back at home and ending an 11-game losing streak in the series. And I'm wondering if we might get one of those flat performances we saw from the Trojans in 2010.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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