I’m not going to brag about my record last week. Nope. Not at all. Won’t do it.
As always, all lines (in parentheses) are courtesy of VegasInsider.com, and are for undisclosed purposes. And as always, my pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post later today, with the game being played on Friday this week.
Last week: 6-0 straight-up, 5-0 against the spread
Season: 63-22 straight-up, 47-27-2 against the spread
Oregon State at Oregon, 1 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Oregon by 35.5) -- The only difficult part of picking this game is the point spread ... but after watching Oregon State curl into the fetal position against the Huskies last week, I can’t imagine Oregon winning this game by fewer than 40 points. The pick: Oregon 56, Oregon State 10.
Colorado at Utah, 11:30 a.m., Pac-12 Networks (Utah by 16.5) -- It’s hard to see Colorado winning this game after watching the Buffaloes’ offense, led by first-time starter Cade Apsay, fail to score a touchdown last week in Pullman. But I don’t know that Utah’s offense is powerful enough without running back Devontae Booker to cover a three-score spread, even at home. The pick: Utah 31, Colorado 16.
UCLA at USC, 12:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2 (USC by 3) -- With the Pac-12 South title on the line, it will be a high-stakes rivalry game in Los Angeles. Hard to imagine writing those words back in mid-October, with the Trojans coming off a brutal home loss to Washington before the messy situation with Steve Sarkisian reached its unfortunate conclusion. But USC has a chance to put a positive spin on what has otherwise been a disappointing season, and I think they’ll get it done against the Bruins. The pick: USC 28, UCLA 24.
Notre Dame at Stanford, 4:30 p.m., FOX (Stanford by 4) -- A game that could have College Football Playoff implications, depending on what happens elsewhere. Don’t know if I trust the Irish against a quality offense on the road. So let’s go with the Cardinal. The pick: Stanford 35, Notre Dame 24.
Arizona State at California, 7 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (Cal by 3.5) -- Man, I don’t know. ASU, I guess? The pick: Arizona State 31, California 28.
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