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Pac-12 Picks and Update: Cal writers confuse Northwestern

Pat Fitzgerald blames Cal bloggers for not leaking QB info, USC doesn't know what "personalized" means, and more!

David Banks

Pac-12 play kicks off this week with USC and Stanford, while Oregon hosts Michigan State.  All of the other games will be boring (unless money is involved!).

Game Picks

Season: 6-5-0
Last week: 6-5-0
Home team in CAPS.

Thursday, 4 September, 5:00 PM PDT
Arizona (-7) over UTSA
Why is U of A playing a short week?

Friday, 5 September, 7:30 PM PDT
Washington State (-3.5) over NEVADA

Saturday, 6 September, 12:00 PM PDT
UTAH (-10.5) over Fresno State

UMASS (+17) over Colorado
Right now it seems like 17 points is too much for Colorado to cover against any football team. Just win.

CALIFORNIA (-??) over Sacramento State
I couldn't find a line anywhere for this game, but I'm going to say Cal covers.

12:05 PM PDT
WASHINGTON (-??) over Eastern Washington
Same as above.

12:30 PM PDT
STANFORD (-3) over Southern California
The line opened at -4, so always good to bet against the public.

3:30 PM PDT
Michigan State (+12) over OREGON
Why is Michigan State's logo a letter "S"? It's not like they're the only school in the country with the word "State" in its name.  Anyways, I think it will be a close game.

4:00 PM PDT
Arizona State (-25) over NEW MEXICO
New Mexico's nickname is the Lobos, which makes me think of Los Lobos, which makes me wonder how Los Lobos ever became popular.

7:00 PM PDT
UCLA (-24) over Memphis
Hopefully the Bruins have figured out how to score touchdowns on offense or else it will take a lot of pick sixes to cover the spread.

7:30 PM PDT
HAWAII (+10.5) over Oregon State
Hawaii, the Alabama of Hawaii, will probably lose by one point again.

Team Updates


  • Why?

#16 Arizona State:



#4 Oregon:

  • Who can keep track of these conferences anyway?

Oregon State:

  • The Beavers love playing Hawaii.

#10 Stanford:

#11 UCLA:

  • Pretty ambiguous analysis, if you ask me.

#14 USC:



Washington State:

Video of the Week

I didn't know every Big 12 school's logo was the same.

Completely Arbitrary Bowl Projections

Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual (playoff): Stanford (13-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-0)

Allstate Sugar Bowl (playoff): California (11-1) vs. Auburn (13-0)

Valero Alamo Bowl: Arizona State (10-3) vs. TCU (8-4)

National University Holiday Bowl: UCLA (9-3) vs. Michigan (8-4)

San Francisco Bowl: USC (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Arizona (26-4) vs. Duke (27-3)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State (7-5) vs. New Mexico (9-3)

Cactus Bowl: Washington (6-6) vs. Minnesota (7-5)