Pac-12 Previews and Predictions for Week 6
Pac-12 Previews and Predictions: Week 6
Ranked teams took care of business in week five in the Pac-12. It was a pretty boring week on the field, in terms of blowout wins in each of the five games. In fact, 18 points decided the closest game in week five and it wasn’t even close throughout.
The Colorado Buffaloes took their 2-0 record to Oregon State and got stomped by the Beavers, 44-17. It looks like the Buffaloes are just not ready to be a contender in the Pac-12.
On the same page, the Arizona Wildcats took the trip north to take on the Washington Huskies, but ended up leaving with a 31-13 loss. Washington is looking more and more like a team that can contend for conference title. The Huskies were just another instance of top teams rolling in week five.
The Stanford Cardinal hit the road to take on the Washington State Cougars and found that they can beat anyone, anywhere. The Cardinal won the game on the road by the score, 55-17.
While Washington and Stanford looked solid last week, the Oregon Ducks looked great. In fact, Oregon hosted a potent California Golden Bears offense and shut them down to the tune of 55-16. This team is looking like a national title contender and many experts are starting to take notice of their 49 points per game win margin.
Four ranked teams will hit the road in week four while one ranked team is at home in Pac-12 play. Conference play is heating up and this could be the week in which we start seeing top teams suffer upset losses.
Take a look at the previews and predictions for each week six game in the Pac-12.
No. 12 UCLA at Utah
Don't be surprised if Brett Hundley tears apart the Utah defense on the way to yet another victory. I would be surprised if the Utes could stick with the potent UCLA offense. Plus, they are still playing for Nick Pasquale.
PREDICTION: UCLA 38, Utah 21
Washington State at California
Washington State is coming off a blowout loss to Stanford and Connor Halliday struggled mightily. The quarterback is not ready to take down a potent Cal offense on the road as Jared Goff is one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation.
PREDICTION: Washington State 17, California 34
No. 2 Oregon at Colorado
This matchup, on paper, looks like it could end ugly and in blowout fashion in the Ducks' favor. Marcus Mariota leads an offense that is far too talented for this poor Colorado defense to handle.
PREDICTION: Oregon 56, Colorado 20
No. 22 Arizona State at Notre Dame
Arizona State's offense averages over 500 yards per game while Notre Dame's has struggled this season, averaging under 400. The game will be played at a neutral site and that gives the upper hand to the better team with no home-field advantage involved. Taylor Kelly will lead the Sun Devils right past the Irish.
PREDICTION: Arizona State 34, Notre Dame 24
No. 15 Washington at No. 5 Stanford
This has to be the game of the week, easily. Washington averages nearly 600 yards of total offense while Stanford's offense averages just under 440 per game. However, that won't make a difference in this game as Stanford's defense is just too good and home-field advantage is key. Look for Kevin Hogan to break out for a big game.
PREDICTION: Washington 28, Stanford 35