Last week I once again went 5-1 on the picks with my lone loss coming in Stanford's upset victory over Oregon. My season total is now 62-20. This week's picks:
Will Oregon celebrate often against Oregon State?
Utah at Colorado
Somewhat of a rivalry game for the Pac-12 between Colorado and Utah. Utah is leaps and bounds better than Colorado but Utah themselves have had a bad year with the hopes of getting to a bowl game now over. This also might be Jon Embree's last game at Colorado as head coach.
I expect Utah to win this game but look for Colorado to put up some form of a fight for most of the first half. Paul White IV goes wild for Utah in his final game.
Utah 34 Colorado 20
Washington at Washington State
The Apple Cut is Washington State's last game of the season and also Washington's chance to get to eight wins on the season. The game is back east in Pullman, WA where snow is expected and cold frigid weather. I expect Washington to pull away big with Keith Price putting up big numbers in the passing game.
Look for Washington to jump to a big lead and cruise to a victory to get eight wins.
Washington 31 WSU 17
Arizona State at Arizona
The Sun Devils got bowl eligible last week with a win over Washington State and adds some more flavor to this Friday night game. Arizona is the favorite and the home team but remember ASU's offense is pretty good. Sad thing is neither team's defense is really legit.
Look for Ka'Deem Carey to once again have a huge game for the third straight week and Arizona wins an entertaining game.
Arizona 35 ASU 31
No. 11 Stanford at No. 16 UCLA
Stanford wins this road game and they win the Pac-12 North outright and also will host the Pac-12 title game five days later. UCLA is coming off a huge upset victory over USC and have already locked themselves into the Pac-12 title game.
Look for Brett Hundley to continue the magical ride for the Bruins as they get the upset win.
UCLA 27 Stanford 24
No. 1 Notre Dame at USC
The Trojans don't have Matt Barkley but they do have Marqise Lee. Is that going to be enough against a tough Notre Dame defense? Remember the game is at home but how good will freshman Max Wittek be in his first start? Does Notre Dame's offense have enough grit to move against USC's defense? Can USC spread'em and shred'em on offense?
I think USC pulls off the upset and gets the come from behind victory.
USC 28 Notre Dame 21
No. 4 Oregon at No. 17 Oregon State
The Civil War. The big brother against little brother. Sean Mannion vs Marcus Mariota. Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks against Terrence Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. This game has huge implications for both schools. Oregon State gets a win and they likely will also be a major factor for a BCS at-large bid. Oregon wins and they stay alive in the national title picture.
Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas have a field day rushing the ball and Oregon wins a close one.
Oregon 36 Oregon State 34