Pac-12 Conference Football: Week Eleven Predictions
I’ll take a Pac-12 5-1 showing. My predictions for week ten went rather well. The only miss was the California Golden Bears and the Washington Huskies. For anyone who saw the game, and lived through the debacle, I commend you. Each team committed four turnovers in what was an ugly win for the Huskies.
When one considers the disappointing play of UW and Cal this season, the only prediction that could have been made for the game was unpredictability. On to week eleven! As always, enjoy the games!
All times Pacific.
Neither team is coming off a good week. The Buffs were destroyed at home by the Stanford Cardinal 48-0. In Pasadena the Wildcats had a rough day losing 66-10 to the UCLA Bruins. CU managed a mere 116 offense yards. Gone is quarterback Jordan Webb. Coach Jon Embree will let either Connor Wood or Nick Hirschman take over signal-calling duties.
If there was a team the Wildcats would want to get back on track with it would be Colorado. Considering the amount of points the Cats usually do put up this should be an easy win. But, and there always is one, quarterback Matt Scott is doubtful after having to leave the Bruins game early. Plenty other Arizona players are questionable. Is this the series of events the Buffs need to pull the upset? I doubt it.
Prediction: Colorado 17 Arizona 38
11 Oregon State Beavers (7-1) (5-1) at 14 Stanford Cardinal (7-2) (5-1) Noon
The marque game in the Pac-12 takes place in Palo Alto Saturday afternoon. Both teams will enter the game with different starting quarterbacks than they started the season with. That is a little surprising considering how well Beavers QB Sean Mannion began the year. Cody Vaz has proven the better option after Mannion returned from injury.
Stanford will go with Kevin Hogan a redshirt freshman who looked spectacular getting most of the snaps in Boulder. Was that more to do with who he was playing? Overall, both teams look very similar with good run defenses, solid running backs, and similar offensive scoring numbers. I’m a little worried about the Beavers offensive line matching up against the Cardinal front seven.
Prediction: Oregon State 23 Stanford 26
This just in, Kenjon Barner scored another touchdown. I’m sure the Trojans are having nightmares about a team in all white uniforms scoring over and over again. How quickly USC can regroup and focus on another fast paced offense will be key.
I expect the ASU defense to make life difficult for the Trojans offensive line. However, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods are amazing talents. The line is 9 points in favor of USC, but I expect the Devils make the Trojans earn this win the hard way.
Prediction: Arizona State 34 USC 38
3 Oregon Ducks (9-0) (6-0) at California Golden Bears (3-7) (2-5) 7:30pm
Cal is incredibly banged up, especially on defense. To add insult to injury, quarterback Zach Maynard is well… injured. Maynard is doubtful for the game, which shouldn’t make much of a difference. Oregon will score early and often as they do each week. Over under on how many fans will be in the stands in the 4th quarter? I’ll set it at 15.
Prediction: Oregon 65 California 13
Utah Utes (4-5) (2-4) at Washington Huskies (5-4) (3-3) 7:30pm
Just when it looked like the Utes’ 2012 season was going down the tubes, third string quarterback Travis Wilson along with a running game led by John White, has given life into the program. The Huskies have issues in their run defense giving up an average of 4.9 a carry. Picking against the Huskies in Seattle is risky. I’ll take the Utes to win a close low scoring game. When White has over 100 yards rushing, Utah is 11-0.
Prediction: Utah 24 Washington 21
18 UCLA Bruins (7-2) (4-2) at Washington State Cougars (2-7) (0-6) 7:30pm
I don’s see much hope for the Cougars in Pullman. Mike Leach is espousing his predictable sound bites of anger at his team’s performance. UCLA is playing their best football of the year after a 66 point output last week.
If there is any hope for the Cougars it would be an overconfident Bruins squad looking ahead to USC. Even then, it would be hard to picture the scenario of a WSU victory. I’m expecting the Bruins to press a little early on, but run away with the game in second half.
Prediction: UCLA 45 Washington State 14