Last week, I went 3-1 straight, 3-1 ATS, and failed to make any pick whatsoever for the Oregon State versus USC contest, convenient, I know. Well, I did it again, I forgot to make a Thursday selection. For the record, last week I would have selected USC and this week I would have selected Utah, so it’s pretty much a wash.
Notre Dame 16 Stanfurd 10 (Irish by 7.5): The talent gap between the Furd and the rest of college football is beginning to close. Add their 2009 recruiting class and Harbaugh may build a competitive football team. I’m not saying they’ll finish in the top third of the conference, but they might be back to bowl game competitive. That said, I don’t think they’re ready to beat Notre Dame on the road, even a very average Notre Dame team. The Furd defense has some decent pieces, but thus far they’re surrendering 27.5 points per game. In the end, I hate both of these teams and want both of them to lose.
California 38 Arizona State 20 (Cal by 9): The QB1 position is unsettled. Their Heisman candidate RB1 is injured and out for the game. Their defense captain DE is out 6 weeks with a broken foot (maybe). And, their starting LG is out for the season. So, Cal is favored by 9. Talk about having faith in home field advantage, Shane Vereen, and Cal’s depth at TB. I’m siding with Vegas, particulalrly if it rains-Cal’s ground game and run defense is stronger than ASU’s. The nly question mark is whether Longshore AND/OR Riley will spark the passing game which has been doormat for 2.5 games.
Arizona 100 Washington -2 (Arizona by 21): Is anyone going to watch this game? No Locker. At Arizona. Too much Tuitama.
USC 27 Oregon 16 (USC by 16): This is an absurd line. If Oregon State ran over USC, the conventional wisdom is Oregon will do the same. It’s not as if Oregon State had a world beater at quarterback, and Oregon likewise doesn’t. USC on the other hand will be motivated and it’s at the Coliseum. I’d love to pick the Ducks, but I don’t think they have the nastiness to beat USC and the Trojans will be a lot more prepared than they were last year against the Furd (the only team to beat USC at the Coliseum since 2002).
UCLA 31 Washington State 10 (UCLA by 17): Please Wazzu, prove me wrong.