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Pac-12 TV Guide Week 3: UCLA vs. Texas still a must-watch

Avinash Kunnath and Jack Follman break down this week's Pac-12 games by watchability.

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1. UCLA vs. Texas - 5 PM FOX

AK: It's a really fascinating game. The Bruins defense was playmaking in Game 1, but couldn't stop anyone in Game 2. Ditto the Longhorns. Both teams are so up-and-down it makes no sense to give either of them a clear berth to this. This is going to be as much a sociological study as it is a football contest.

JF: Wow, this one sure has lost its luster. Still, it's a Top 15 Pac-12 team against one of college football's most prestigious programs in the Jerry Dome on a very weak week of games all around the country, you are going to watch it to at least see if the Bruins can start putting it all together in 2014.

2. Illinois at Washington - 1 PM FOX

AK: The battle of two teams still trying to find their way. The Huskies are clearly still trying to feel out who they are so any game is winnable. Chris Petersen is pretty good at holding onto victory in these games insofar, so I'd feel comfortable.

JF: The Huskies have opened up the season by beating Hawaii by one and giving up 52 points to Eastern Washington so their first game against a team from a major conference should be interesting. The Husky secondary has looked like it could be the worst in the conference, and their best cornerback Marcus Peters is suspended for the game, so watch out for Illinois QB Wes Lunt to turn this one into another shootout in Husky Stadium.

3. USC at Boston College - 5 PM ESPN

AK: Want to know the last time USC lost a non-conference regular season game that wasn't Notre Dame? 2002! Enjoy the Sam Adams and clam chowder boys.

JF: The Trojans are sky high a week after knocking off Stanford in Palo Alto but this one reeks of let down game. Boston College is far from a powerhouse, but as we have seen all season thus far around the Pac-12, road games, especially ones across the country against underdogs are no easy affair. Watch early to at least see if the Trojans come out sluggish and it becomes a tight one.

4. Arizona State at Colorado - 7 PM ESPNU

AK: I'm going to rank this one a little bit higher because Colorado generally plays better at home and even beating UMass was a big step forward because it was a pure road contest (they've won two of those the last three seasons). The Sun Devils are clearly the favorites but the Buffs do have a bit of offensive firepower this season. Expect it to be closer than you think.

JF: I thought that this might be an upset opportunity for Colorado going into the season, but they haven't looked good thus far so I expect the Sun Devils to win comfortably. Still, I wouldn't be shocked if the Buffs can make this one a little bit better than expect, especially considering that New Mexico showed that you might be able to score against the Sun Devils this season.

5. Nevada at Arizona - 8 PM Pac-12 Network

AK: The difference between Nevada in Reno (6-2 the last two years) and Nevada just about anywhere else (0-6) is substantial these days, so the Wildcats should feel pretty comfortable about their chance.

JF: The Wolfpack are fresh off of beating Washington State fairly convincingly in Reno and now head to Tucson to play a team that has looked solid thus far, but far from unbeatable. The Wolfpack are confident and QB Cody Fajardo is the real deal. Don't be surprised if Nevada keeps this one close.

6. Portland State at Washington State - 5 PM Pac-12 Network

AK: Mike Leach does many things! Like never run the football. Or hunting for stag in New Zealand. He also never loses to FCS teams.

JF: The Cougars are legitimately in panic mode after dropping the two easiest games on their schedule other than this one which is an absolute not only must-win, but a must-win convincingly. The bad news for them is that Portland State is an improving program that tested Oregon State a bit on opening week.

7. Army at Stanford - 2 PM Pac-12 Network

AK: Never thought I'd ever say this, but poor Army. The Cardinal will be dispensing vengeance.

JF: Army gave Stanford a decent game last season in West Point, but a fired up Cardinal team coming off another heartbreaker to USC should take care of them with more ease this year in Palo Alto, but who knows? The Cardinal scheme has a tendency for keeping games close.

8. Wyoming at Oregon - 11 AM Pac-12 Network

AK: A battle of unbeatens in the West! Is this Wyoming's chance to finally shine TOUCHDOWN DUCKS!

JF: The Ducks could suffer a pretty serious hangover and still probably win this one by more than 30, sorry Wyoming.