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:
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
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
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?
Final Score: Ducks 52 Bears 34
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.
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!