2011 Pacific-12 Football: Week 9

Last week I managed a 4-2 to push me to 44-15 on the season. To be honest, I need to pick it up. A 6-0 week here or there would be nice.

Of course, when Utah and California seem to trot out completely different teams every game, it makes picking winners difficult. And what about those Oregon State Beavers? The quality of those freshmen they play...they may be two years away from a Rose Bowl berth. Laugh at your own risk.

The Oregon and Arizona State games should be over before halftime this week, but the rest of the games have a chance to go down to the wire. Don't discount the Wildcats in Seattle - an upset would not be a total shock. And I picked Stanford over USC, but I am willing to bet their streak of eight straight wins of 25 points or more comes to an end.

And with that, on to this week's picks! Rankings in parentheses (AP, ESPN). All times Pacific.
(Time - Matchup - Network - Pick)


12:00pm - Washington State at Oregon (7, 7) - ROOT Sports - OREGON
3:30pm - Colorado at Arizona State (23, 20) - Fox College Sports Pacific - ARIZONA STATE
4pm - Cal at UCLA - No TV - CAL
4pm - Oregon State at Utah - ROOT Sports - OREGON STATE
5pm - Stanford (4, 3) at USC (20, NR) - ABC - STANFORD
7:30pm - Arizona at Washington (29, 31) - ROOT Sports - WASHINGTON

Stanford and Oregon are bowl-eligible with six wins. Washington and Arizona State should become bowl-eligible this week with wins. USC earned their sixth win, but is not eligible for the postseason.

The Pac-12 has contracts with seven bowl games. Look at the current standings - I'm not convinced they can fill even five of them... Cal? Maybe. UCLA? Wazzu? Oregon State? Utah? They all need quite a bit of help to get to six wins.

Who do you pick?

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