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What's up guys? It's been quite some time since I wrote one of these. I took about a two month break from this site so as a result I haven't been making my weekly Pac-10 picks. However, I am back and would very much enjoy to get back into the swing of things.

Last week was one of the best weeks of college football this season, it will be difficult for week 11 to live up to those standards. Despite a lack of top 25 matchups, there are multiple games -in the Pac-10 alone- that I believe could shake the landscape of the BCS.

So without any further delay, here are my Pac-10 picks for week 11:

Game 1:

Washington State vs Oregon State

Oregon State should take this one with ease. James Rodgers has been out ever since the Washington game, thus increasing the workload on his brother Jacquizz. Oregon State currently is 4-4, but they've played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season with non-conference games against TCU and Boise State, both on the road. I believe the Beavers will finish the season strong and get to a bowl game for the 7th straight season.

Final Score: Beavers 38 Cougars 10

Game 2:

Stanford Cardinal vs Arizona State

This is a game that I think could shake the BCS up. Stanford has been dominant in their last two victories. A 41-0 romping of the Huskies in Washington, followed by beating up Arizona on national TV, 42-17. However, Arizona State has actually been a decent team this year. In fact, if they had scored just 8 more points, they'd be 7-2 (thank you Rabbit). Arizona State similar to Oregon State has played one of the toughest schedules in college football. If not for poor officiating, they would've beaten Wisconsin in Madison. However, the homer in me is too strong, and I think Stanford is clicking on all cylinders right now.

Final Score: Cardinal 35 Sun Devils 31

Game 3:

Oregon vs California

Another game I think could totally mess with the nat'l championship scene. Oregon's got the best offense in the country, everyone knows that. But Cal is a top 25 team... at home. The defense plays significantly better, Riley looks more comfortable, and the team as a whole appears to really sync at Memorial Stadium. Can the Ducks afford to place the fate of yet another game in the hands of the 2nd half? They've made multiple second half comebacks this season, most notably against Tennessee and Stanford. But eventually, relying on a great second half has to come back to bite you, doesn't it?

No.

Final Score: Ducks 52 Bears 34

Game 4:

Southern California vs Arizona *GAME OF THE WEEK*

A third game out of four in the Pac-10 that I believe could be an upset. The Pac-10 is a conference notorious for upsets and ridiculous wins. We haven't really seen any jaw dropping defeats yet this season, but I believe it's only a matter of time. However, would USC beating Arizona really be a jaw dropping defeat? I don't think so. Even on the road, I think USC could win this game. Perhaps that is just me speaking from what I saw this past Saturday, but Arizona really didn't look all that impressive last week. Was the win over Iowa a fluke? I think this will be the game of the week not just in the Pac-10, but in all of college football.

Final Score: Trojans 31 Wildcats 24

That wraps up the Pac-10 games, only four of them this week with Washington and UCLA having byes. Before I begin the Next Best 3, let me just say Congratulations to Colorado University for finally dumping Dan Hawkins. I'm glad I won't have to deal with him in the Pac-12 next season. Hopefully their next coach can bring them back to respectability (is that a word?.

Next Best 3:

Iowa vs Northwestern

I like Northwestern, I really do. I think Dan Pursa is a great dual-threat QB. But I think this team similar to Arizona State just can't get over the hump. Even on the road, I think Rick Stanzi and the Hawkeyes will be too much to handle.

Utah vs Notre Dame

What a shalacking Utah took at home, huh? 47-7? What? Really? I really thought this team was one of the best in the nation, but after suffering a defeat like that at home, I have serious second thoughts. I'll be happy to have them in the Pac-12 next season, but a win over TCU would've been a nice way to kiss the MWC good-bye. Brian Kelly could really use a 'W' here, but an angry Utah team is going to be way over the Irish's head.

Nevada vs Fresno State

Nevada as expected looked very impressive in their win over Idaho this past week. Colin Kaepernick scored 5 TD's, surprisingly enough, none of them on the ground. Fresno State is a very good team though as well, and being at home will certainly help. However, Freson State has yet to play their two toughest conference games, Nevada and Boise State, so with that said, they really haven't been tested yet this season. I'll take the Wolfpack in this game.

Bonus Game:

Indiana vs Wisconsin

Why you asked have I picked a bonus game? And why did I pick a game involving the Hoosiers and Badgers? Well, just today I received my first college admittance letter from the University of Indiana. It's one of my top 5 choices, and being that it's my first acceptance letter, I'm very happy. I'll be pulling for the Hoosiers to come away with the upset on the road!

November 9, 2010  09:31 PM ET

You little Anti-SEC scrub. LOL. Just kidding. Good synopsis of what you think will happen. I agree about Cal they play lights out at home which could mean some bad things for the Ducks. Really though Utah vs. Notre Dame over The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry UGA vs. Auburn. Really non of the next best three compare to UGA vs. Auburn. UGA has bee a different team after AJ Green came back from suspension looking to knock off one of their biggest rivals to knock them out of the national championship picture. Auburn looking to avoid the destraction of all the Cam Newton allegations. That should have easily been one of the next best 3. Good job the rest of the way though.

November 9, 2010  09:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You little Anti-SEC scrub. LOL. Just kidding. Good synopsis of what you think will happen. I agree about Cal they play lights out at home which could mean some bad things for the Ducks. Really though Utah vs. Notre Dame over The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry UGA vs. Auburn. Really non of the next best three compare to UGA vs. Auburn. UGA has bee a different team after AJ Green came back from suspension looking to knock off one of their biggest rivals to knock them out of the national championship picture. Auburn looking to avoid the destraction of all the Cam Newton allegations. That should have easily been one of the next best 3. Good job the rest of the way though.

Trust me Bill, I knew I would take some scrutiny for avoiding the Big 12 and the SEC in my 'Next Best 3', especially given my history. But I wanted to make picks that I didn't think you SEC folk would pick. The majority of people I converse with on here are SEC fans, so I wanted to mix it up, and give you guys something you won't read about 1,000 times. But trust me, if I were ranking games in order of how good I think they will be, I wouldn't have Utah/ND or Nevada/FSU up there.

And thanks.

November 9, 2010  10:40 PM ET

Nice job, OM. I'm OK with you picking games that aren't necessarily the ones others would've picked. It helps broaden my horizons, and I know I need it.

November 10, 2010  04:13 AM ET

NIce blog, OM.

Utah is still a year away I think. Notre Dame has major injury issues. This is an important game for TCU. If Utah falls flat, it may give Boise the ammunition to pass them.

I'm right with you on the picks but notice you really didn't pick the Indiana game.

November 10, 2010  04:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm right with you on the picks but notice you really didn't pick the Indiana game.

Good catch.

While I'm pulling for the Hoosiers, I think it's inevitable that Wisconsin will win this game with ease at home.

November 10, 2010  09:29 AM ET

Mississippi St vs Bama?

two top 20 teams playing each other, both with 2 losses.

November 10, 2010  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Mississippi St vs Bama?two top 20 teams playing each other, both with 2 losses.

I explained my reasoning in comment #2

November 10, 2010  10:10 AM ET

Maybe I should do an SEC and the next best 3 blog and the next best 3 only include the Big 12.

November 10, 2010  06:18 PM ET
QUOTE:

Stanford football is fun to watch again.

You got that right! I've been to 4 of their 5 games this season.

Harbaugh has been the best coach in college football over the last 3 seasons. He's turned a horibble program around into one of the best in the nation.

Watching them is fun though I think because they are just a big, physical team that will pound the ball right at you using a variety of running backs, as well as lining up tackles at tight end. However, when Stanford wants to throw the ball, they can use these same tight ends to go up and catch passes. And when you least expect it, they'll throw in a reverse, or an eifle tower play that will often go for 6.

November 11, 2010  08:01 AM ET

Nice to see you again OM! Very good blog.

November 12, 2010  03:58 AM ET

Great Blog OM.
And your welcome!

I agree with pretty much all your picks.
However, I think that if Stanford plays like they have been the last 2 weeks they will beat ASU fairly easily.

And I agree that USC/Arizona will probably be 1 of the best games this weekend.

 
November 13, 2010  10:34 PM ET

Good call on the Stanford/ASU game OM.

You called it by 4, and they won by 4!

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