Last week? Let’s not talk about last week. There are new games this week. Let’s pick those games and pretend like everything is fine.
All lines are courtesy of the Associated Press wire, and are for the purposes of entertaining Tim Booth only. My pick for the Huskies game will come in a separate post on Friday.
Last week: 4-1 straight-up, 1-4 against the spread.
Season: 55-11 straight-up, 27-29-3 against the spread.
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UCLA at Colorado, 6 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Colorado by 13.5) -- Before this season began, this appeared to be one of the easiest games on UCLA’s schedule. Now, it’s hard to imagine the Bruins even keeping it close, especially with backup quarterback Mike Fafaul still relieving the injured Josh Rosen. The Buffaloes are about to be another step closer to the Pac-12 South title. The pick: Colorado 41, UCLA 20.
Oregon State at Stanford, 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Stanford by 14.5) -- This is a tricky line. The Cardinal are good enough to win this game by two scores, but the Beavers showed even more life last week against WSU and appear to have conjured some semblance of a passing game. Don’t think I can pick them to cover on the road, though. The pick: Stanford 31, Oregon State 13.
Arizona at Washington State, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (WSU by 17) -- Here’s a guess the Cougars learned their lesson about starting flat last week at Oregon State, and will bury the Wildcats in a game that should be decided by halftime. The pick: Washington State 51, Arizona 24.
Oregon at USC, 4 p.m., ESPN (USC by 17) -- What once appeared to be a marquee game is instead ... well, not that. Oregon’s offense appears to be headed in the right direction with true freshman Justin Herbert at quarterback, but the Trojans are playing better than most anyone in the league right now, and it’s hard to see how the Ducks’ defense can limit Sam Darnold and a dynamic USC offense. So take the Trojans and the points. The pick: USC 45, Oregon 24.