Pac-12 Previews and Predictions for Week 8
Pac-12 Previews and Predictions: Week 8
The Pac-12 conference play is starting to heat up following a couple of crazy games that featured ranked opponents – don’t look now as there are even more solid games to come with ranked opponents facing each other.
Week saw no shortage of stellar action on the field as two ranked teams lost and were knocked down a few pegs on the Pac-12 totem pole. The Oregon Ducks faced off against the Washington Huskies in what looked to be the best game of the week, but that wasn’t the case on the field. Oregon took it to the Huskies and did what they do best – blow out opponents. The Ducks went into Washington and walked all over the Huskies by the score of 45-24.
That wasn’t the only instance of a top-25 team losing in week seven of Pac-12 play as the upset of the year took place in Utah. The Utah Utes were heavy underdogs heading into the game, but that didn’t stop them from pulling to upset over the mighty Stanford Cardinal, 27-21. Kevin Hogan will need to be more of a leader and game-manager if the Cardinals want to win this week against the UCLA Bruins in their third straight game against a ranked opponent.
The Bruins were the only other ranked team to play in week seven for the Pac-12 as they won by a wide margin against a lowly California Golden Bears team. There’s no doubt that the UCLA versus Stanford game this week will be one of the best of the young season.
Take a look at the week eight previews and predictions for each Pac-12 game.
Charleston Southern at Colorado
Colorado is having a slightly better season in 2013 than it did to begin the 2012 campaign, but that still doesn't make them an elite team nor a force in the Pac-12. They will, however, be able to take down a lwoly Charleston Southern team at home with ease.
PREDICTION: Charleston Southern 14, Colorado 35
No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford
In one of the most highly anticipated games of the week, the UCLA Bruins will need to steal a win at Stanford to remain in the driver's seat of the Pac-12 South division. Brett Hundley will need the game of his life to lead the Bruins to victory, but Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal will be just too much.
PREDICTION: UCLA 31, Stanford 34
No. 20 Washington at Arizona State
Washington could still contend for a conference title, but at this point in time, they are just looking to become bowl eligible. Traveling to face a tough Arizona State squad won't be easy, but Keith Price's experience and Bishop Sankey's talent will outweigh the home-field advantage that Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devils possess.
PREDICTION: Washington 37, Arizona State 30
USC at Notre Dame
The Trojans have seemed resurgent ever since the team fired Lane Kiffin, however, they will face off against a tough, gritty Notre Dame team on the road. It won't be easy, but the Trojans will play fired up once again and will finish the game one step closer to bowl eligibility.
PREDICTION: USC 31, Notre Dame 30
Utah at Arizona
Although Utah pulled off an amazing upset against Stanford a week ago while holding the Cardinal offense in check, the Arizona Wildcats have been held in check for too long to let it happen once again in week eight. Look for the Wildcats to break out with a big win.
PREDICTION: Utah 17, Arizona 38
Washington State at No. 2 Oregon
Although Washington State has one of the best passing attacks in the nation, the Oregon Ducks have one of the best overall teams in the nation. This game will be no problem for Marcus Mariota and crew.
PREDICTION: Washington State 7, Oregon 51
Oregon State at California
Sean Mannion will need to show just why Oregon State has the best passing attack in the nation and that his 25 passing touchdowns are no fluke. He will do just that.
PREDICTION: Oregon State 35, Cal 16