Humbling. Last week was my worst I can recall, going just 2-4 to set me at 54-23 on the season. I'm pleased I was wrong about Stanford, but who seriously could have thought Colorado would pick last week to actually show up? And Sun Devils, what the heck is going on?
This week we once again have some nice matchups, highlighted by USC's visit to Eugene. The Ducks cannot afford a letdown.
Here's another storyline for you that will be going down in Corvallis: Is this the beginning of the Nick Montana era for the Washington Huskies? (And yes, Joe is his father.) Montana has played well when given plays and starter Keith Price likely is out this week. Will he get his job back? Or will he fall out of favor like Ryan Katz did for the Beavers, or Jeff Tuel might be after the performance of Connor Halliday at Washington State?
Even the not as good teams have intrigue this time of year.
And with that, on to this week's picks! Rankings in parentheses (AP, ESPN). All times Pacific.
(Time - Matchup - Network - Pick)
12:30pm - Washington (34, NR) at Oregon State - ROOT Sports - WASHINGTON
2pm - Utah (NR, 36t) at Washington State - Fox College Sports Atlantic - UTAH
4:30pm - Colorado at UCLA - Versus - UCLA
5pm - USC (18, NR) at Oregon (4, 4) - ABC - OREGON
6:30pm - Arizona at Arizona State (33, 36t) - No TV? - ARIZONA STATE
7:15pm - California at Stanford (8, 9) - ESPN - STANFORD
Stanford, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon, California and Utah are bowl-eligible. USC has enough wins, but is not eligible for the postseason. UCLA has five wins and at least one of them will become bowl-eligible this week.
Who do you pick?