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Week 1 Pac-12 Predictions

If you are playing and FCS team you should win; even you Wazzu.

You can find my preseason rankings here.

(2-0) last week, (2-0) on the season

Aug 31
#114 New Mexico State vs #71 Arizona State 730pm PT, Pac-12

This shouldn't be fun to watch unless you want to see ASU's high level skill position players run up the score. The only thing worth watching here is whether NMSU puts up more than 10 points against what was a horrific Devil's Defense last year.

Pick
ASU 54 NMSU 13

Sept 1
#6 Washington vs. #92 Rutgers 5pm PT, FS1

I went to a game last year at Rutgers, but even a hot tub can't get me out to NJ this year. Washington should run roughshod again and you have to hope for a good tune up with no injuries.

Pick
Washington 63 Rutgers 17

#46 Colorado State vs #36 Colorado 5pm PT, Pac-12

So the model and I had CSU at home last week vs. the Beavers, but this neutral field rivalry match up is tougher to predict. We still know nothing about the Buffs so people might read too much into last week, but this game should be a fun shootout between Mike Bobo's Rams and a CU squad that returns a ton on offense.

Pick
Colorado 38 CSU 34

Sept 2
#70 Cal vs #51 North Carolina 920am PT, ACC

Hey did you know this will be an early morning game? How often do you think the announcers will use the term "internal clock?" Cal is a bit of an enigma, but they don't project to be good. UNC is overrated by the humans coming into this year, but I still think they don't sweat too much at home.

Pick
UNC 41 Cal 24

#69 Western Michigan vs #7 USC 215pm PT, Pac-12

Get your reps in. Get off the field. Don't get injured.

Pick
USC 54 WMU 13

Sept 3
#24 Texas A&M vs #28 UCLA 430pm PT, Fox

The model favors the Bruins at home here, but only slightly. I think Tom Bradley is great and can make the defense better than you might expect given how much they lose. The loser's seat gets hotter in Week 1 and with the new early signing period maybe one step closer to an October pink slip. In the case of the tossup I am going against the model's ever so slight edge to UCLA.

Pick
Texas A&M 31 UCLA 27

Playing FCS: #66 UofA, #53 OSU, #26 WSU, #23 Oregon, #55 Utah
Bye: #16 Stanford

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