Pac 12 Predictions: Week 11
The whirlwind of life kept me from making predictions the past two weeks, and USC lost on both weekends. So here I am to right the ship and comply to this newfound superstition. If predictions made guarantee a Trojans win, then I’m all in.
The Pac 12 has five teams ranked in this week’s polls, and all will be in action this weekend.
No. 2 Oregon (9-0) vs California (3-7)
Cal will finish bowl ineligible under Jeff Tedford for only the second time in his 11-year tenure. That fact provides a sparkle to any resume, but not when the below .500 seasons occur twice in the past three years. The coach’s response is that it is a “down year”, which is an understatement. Tedford would need two wins in the final two games just to equal his season-lows in Berkeley. And those victories would have to come against ranked teams from the state of Oregon, which decreases the odds of the Bears getting it done.
All-Time series: Cal leads 39-33-2
Line: Cal +28.5
Prediction: Oregon 51, Cal 13
No. 11 Oregon State (7-1) vs No. 14 Stanford (7-2)
This is a Pac 12 North elimination game to be hosted on the farm. The loser falls two games back in the division, with the winner remaining a game behind Oregon with a date with the Ducks still remaining on the schedule. This is the first time in 50 years that the two teams enter this game ranked, and the matchup features the conference’s top rushing and scoring defenses. Stanford has won seven consecutive home games and will notch its eighth on Saturday.
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 50-26-3
Prediction: Stanford 27, Oregon State 21
No. 18 UCLA (7-2) vs Washington State (2-7)
UCLA became bowl eligible before the month of November for the first time since 2005. The Bruins also appear in the BCS rankings for the first time since 2006. Things are looking up in Westwood, and looks even better with the lowly Cougars appearing next on the schedule. Washington State is still vying for the title of worst team in conference. It has lost 6 straight, and has yet to beat a Pac 12 foe.
All-Time Series: UCLA leads 39-18-1
Line: Washington State +16.5
Prediction: UCLA 45, WSU, 20
Arizona State (5-4) vs No. 19 USC (6-3)
We have two teams currently riding losing streaks, so something has to give. Full Preview HERE
All-Time Series: USC leads 18-10
Line: USC -9
Prediction: USC 38, Arizona State 27
Utah (4-5) vs Washington (5-4)
The Huskies get three more shots to win one game and gain bowl eligibility, and draw three bottom feeders in the final weeks. Utah needs two victories in its last three games to keep a 9-year active streak of bowl appearances alive. Washington is 4-1 at CenturyLink, while the Utes are 0-4 on the road.
All-Time Series: Washington leads 7-0
Line: Washington -1
Prediction: Washington 24, Utah 21
Colorado (1-8) vs Arizona (5-4)
The Wildcats followed up a big win over USC by falling flat against UCLA. Arizona was embarrassed 66-10 by the Bruins, and will likely take it out on Colorado. The Buffs have lost 5 straight and was shutout by Stanford last week.
All-Time Series: Colorado leads 13-1
Line: Arizona -29
Prediction: Arizona 45, Colorado 15
No. 9 Louisville (9-0) vs Syracuse (4-5)
After looking over the schedule for the weekend, I decided that this game is the best potential upset. Despite a huge different in record and ranking, the spread isn’t large, but there’s a reason for that. Louisville remains undefeated, but it has done just enough to win each game. Six of the nine victories were by 10-points or less, with the last two games versus Big East opponents decided by a field goal. The Cardinals have gone through the season just one bad bounce or bad call away from defeat. Lady Luck wears Orange on Saturday, as Syracuse knocks Louisville from the ranks of the unbeaten.
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 6-5
Line: Syracuse +1.5
Prediction: Syracuse 41, Louisville 38
Last week: 0-0