Not a good week for me at all in Week 5, posting just a 3-2 record to bring the season score to 33-9. The conference this year really is very balanced; after Oregon and Stanford any of these teams can win on any given Sunday.
Some of you may be laughing at that comment, especially considering Oregon State's 0-4 record, but I actually thought the Beavers played a ton better this past week than they did in the weeks before. They still desperately need running back Malcolm Agnew back, but the freshman are improving every week. Running back Terron Ward looked better, and the freshman defensive players (like Dylan Wynn and Scott Crichton) at times dominated Arizona State. (By the way, check out the roster to see the proportion of freshmen.)
And yes, there were also mistakes, but sometimes freshman make mistakes. They are competing and I have a strong feeling by the end of this season they will put together a couple complete games and the Beavers will surprise some people. And next year? The Beavers could be very good.
Also, I can't wait until the Pac-12 network comes around next year. I'm sick of watching games on Fox College Sports because I don't get that in HD. Yeah, I know, first world problems.
On to the games! Rankings in parentheses (AP, ESPN). All times Pacific.
(Time - Matchup - Network - Pick)
6pm - California at Oregon (9, 9) - ESPN - OREGON
12:30pm - Arizona at Oregon State - Fox College Sports Pacific - ARIZONA
12:30pm - Arizona State (22, 24) at Utah - Root Sports - ARIZONA STATE
4:30pm - Colorado at Stanford (7, 4) - Versus - STANFORD
7:30pm - Washington State at UCLA - Root Sports - UCLA
This week USC (35, NR) and Washington (28, 31) have the week off.
Who do you pick?