Empire Picks-Week Two


There were a few that questioned my decision to make a prediction on each Pac 12 game in the first week, stating that some of the outcomes were obvious before the coin flip.  But after Oregon State’s upset loss to FCS Sacramento State, along with some nail-biters that should have never been, you should realize that nothing is guaranteed.  Every dog will eventually have his day, especially in the earliest weeks—which is why they play the games.

The lone Pac 12 contest to go without a prediction this week is Arizona vs Oklahoma State, because the Thursday night game started before I could get this out.

Pac 12

#21 Missouri @ Arizona State
Line: ASU -8.5
Prediction: Both teams have a new face at quarterback, but Brock Osweiler stands with the most game time experience. Mizzou scoring opportunities should also be limited by the Sun Devils defense.
ASU 27, Missouri 16

Oregon State at #8 Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin -20
Prediction: I picked Oregon State to win big over last week’s FCS opponent and was foiled. Now they face a legitimate national title contender, at Camp Randall Stadium. The Beavers will fall to 0-2, in a game that should be over before the ‘Jump Around’.
Wisconsin 48, Oregon State 18

#6 Stanford @ Duke
Line: Stanford -20.5
Prediction: Duke has a chance, if this game was being played on the hardwood. Stanford rolls, as David Cutcliffe builds on his streak of losing seasons.
Stanford 49, Duke 7

California @ Colorado
Line: Cal -6.5
Prediction: The Bears clobbered the Buffs in Berkeley last year. Cal prevails again, though the margin of victory will narrow.
Cal 28, Colorado 21

Nevada @ #13 Oregon
Line: Oregon -26.5
Prediction: The Ducks may lose as many as 3 games this year. This won’t be one of them.
Oregon 44, Nevada 20

Hawaii @ Washington
Line: Washington -5.5
Prediction: Hawaii is a different team on the mainland. Washington is a different team without Jake Locker. Warriors pull the upset.
Hawaii 37, Washington 35

UNLV @ Washington State
Line: WSU -14
Prediction: The Cougars lost quarterback Jeff Tuel to a broken clavicle, but should still have enough to get passed a very bad Rebels football team.
WSU 23, UNLV 13

Utah @ USC
Line: -8.5
Prediction: Cal-Colorado was scheduled before expansion, so it is considered a non-conference game. That makes Utah-USC the first conference game to be played in the new Pac 12. As the weeks go by, I’m sure you’ll come to realize that even if the Trojans were playing the Green Bay Packers, the Empire will pick USC to win. If you’re a Trojan fan, cheer me.  And if you’re not, it sucks to be you. Full game preview HERE.
USC 29, Utah 25

San Jose State @ UCLA
Line: UCLA -21
Prediction: The Spartans earn more money. UCLA earns a must needed win before hosting Texas.
UCLA 38, SJSU 20

Landscaping

#3 Alabama @ #23 Penn State
Line: Alabama -9.5
Prediction: Alabama makes its first trip to a Big 10 venue since it lost at Wisconsin in 1928. Luckily, the price of gas was only 21 cents per gallon, which made for an inexpensive trip back home.  The Tide quarterback situation is a bit shaky, but the Fighting JOE PAs are overrated once again.
Alabama 34, Penn State 20

Notre Dame @ Michigan
Line: Notre Dame -3
Prediction: The teams meet for the first time under the lights, and the Irish season falls deeper into the dark.
Michigan 31, Notre Dame 28

Upset Alert

#16 Mississippi State @ Auburn
Line: MSU -5.5
Prediction: I wasn’t completely sold on the Bulldogs a year ago, after going 1-4 in games against ranked opponents. The Lone victory came against Florida, who finished the season unranked. Auburn gave the appearance of a team that would lose every game played against SEC West opponents, after the defending champs needed late heroics and an onside kick executed to perfection to come from behind against Utah State. But regardless, I still like the Tigers in this game. Since 2000, the Mississippi State win total in Jordan-Hare is ONE, and despite the ranking, should remain that way.
Auburn 26, MSU 21

Season Score

Pac 12: 10-2
Landscape: 0-1
Upset: 1-0
Total: 11-3

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~ by Anthony on September 8, 2011.

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