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Pac-12 Picks, Week 14: Let's get ready to rumble! (in the Rockies)

Plus, UCLA's midfield issues, Snoop Dogg has an opinion, and more slightly informative Pac-12 news.

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Game Picks

Last week: 4-2-0
Season: 44-35-2
Home team in CAPS.

Friday, November 28th, 12:30 PM PST
#13 Arizona State (+2.5) over #11 ARIZONA

  • Have you ever read this rivalry's Wikipedia entry? U of A comes off as whiny and bad at football:

    The rivalry became particularly heated in the late 1950s amid the political contention over turning Arizona State College into an official university, a change opposed by the University of Arizona and many of its alumni. In 1958, the year the measure was to be put to a statewide vote, Arizona State defeated Arizona 47–0.

    And then...
    Another notably heated game came in 1968. The contest was expected to decide which team would go on to the Sun Bowl, but before the game, Arizona coach Darrell Mudra issued an ultimatum to the Sun Bowl committee that his team would not play in the bowl unless they were selected regardless of who won. The committee chose Arizona, who promptly lost to Arizona State by a score of 30-7 in what became known as the "Ultimatum Bowl".
  • In other Territorial Cup news, the Arizona - Arizona State rivalry was determined by scientists to be the most intense rivalry in the country. Thanks, science!

12:30 PM PST

  • They look really happy to be there:
  • Injured Bruin WR Sam Handler stood at midfield during the USC Marching Band's pre-game show, which usually includes a drum major dressed up as a Trojan stabbing the field with a sword. I have some questions here: Why did security escort Handler off, when he's a UCLA football player? Why doesn't the Trojan drum major play drums?

    And if UCLA wants its midfield logo to be left alone, maybe they shouldn't do stuff like this:

Saturday, November 29th, 10:00 AM PST
COLORADO (+9) over #25 Utah

  • Did you know this rivalry's name is the Rumble in the Rockies? I didn't either and it sounds stupid. Plus, Colorado's rivalry with Colorado State is already called the Rocky Mountain Showdown, which sounds too similar.
  • Huh, maybe being super cold makes you lose 42-10.

12:30 PM PST
Notre Dame (+7) over SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

1:30 PM PST
CALIFORNIA (-4) over Brigham Young

5:00 PM PST
OREGON STATE (+20) over #2 Oregon

7:30 PM PST
Washington (-3.5) over WASHINGTON STATE

  • What is the Apple Cup? Is it a cup specifically designed for holding apples? Or a cup made out of apples? Or is it a cup that looks like an apple?
  • Rivalry jokes are always fun.

Song of the Week

Because the radio has brainwashed me to love this song, here you go: