Empire Picks Week 12

With Washington beating UCLA on Thursday night, and Oregon, Arizona, Washington State and Arizona State all in a bye week, there are only two Pac 10 games to predict.

No. 6 Stanford @ Cal

It’s called “the big game”, and it will be for one team. Cal can gain bragging rights with a victory, but not much of anything else. The Cardinal, on the other hand, is still vying for a January bowl game appearance. The Bears have been tough at home, and the rain the forecast favors their running attack. But there is a question of how much Cal has left, after putting it all on the field in last week’s loss to Oregon. I think emotions will run high, making for another tight finish.

Line: Cal -6.5

Prediction: Stanford 16, Cal 14

No. 20 USC @ Oregon State

The Trojans return to the bad country. The last two trips to Corvallis ended with field storming upsets. USC will try to avoid a trifecta. Despite having one of the conference’s premiere runners in the backfield (Jacquizz Roders), the inclement weather projections may favor the visitor and its superior offensive line.

Line: Oregon State +3

Prediction: USC 26, Oregon State 20

Upset Alerts

No. 8 Nebraska @ No. 19 Texas A&M

31,000 students are expected at College Station, which would be an NCAA record for student attendance for a football game. With the home field and fan support, the Aggies are poised for the upset. A&M’s insertion of Ryan Tannehill at quarterback has resulted in a much better team. You can only wonder why the switch wasn’t made sooner.

Line: Texas A&M +2.5

Prediction: A&M 38, Nebraska 35

Army @ Notre Dame

The Irish scored a big victory over Utah last week, but the defense has yet to prove it can stop the triple option. Notre Dame needs to win one of its final two games to be bowl eligible. Defeating the Black Knights may be the easier task, with a trip to USC next week.  But for an offense depleted and crippled by injuries, nothing comes easy.

Line: Notre Dame -8

Prediction: Army 27, Notre Dame 17

Last weeks games

Pac 10: 3-1
Upsets: 1-1


~ by Anthony on November 20, 2010.

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