I would pat myself on the back for going 10-1 straight up on my Week 1 Pac-12 picks, but the team I’m supposed to know the best was the one I didn’t recognize on Saturday.
Blaming the closed practices in Boulder would be wrong because people I talked to who were allowed to watch CU during fall camp said they didn’t recognize these guys on game day either.
My prediction for the Rocky Mountain Showdown called for a close game that Colorado would find a way to win, 23-17, over Colorado State at Sports Authority Field.
As we all know by now, the Rams prevailed 22-17 to snap a four-game losing streak in Denver.
Here’s a look at my other 10 predictions and the outcomes (Oregon State’s game against Nichols State was ppd.):
Utah vs. Northern Colorado
My prediction: Utes go wild, 52-10. Actual outcome: Utes go wild, 41-0.
Arizona State vs. Northern Arizona
My prediction: Sun Devils win by double digits (31-20). Actual outcome: Sun Devils win by 57 (63-6).
UCLA at Rice
My prediction: Bruins escape problem in Houston, 21-17. Actual outcome: Bruins pull away in Houston, 49-24.
Washington State at BYU
My prediction: Cougars from Pullman lose 40-35 shootout. Actual outcome: Cougars from Provo dominated, 30-6
Stanford vs. San Jose State
My prediction: Cardinal cruises, 45-17. Actual outcome: Cardinal survives scare, 20-17
Arizona vs. Toledo
My prediction: Wildcats squeak out a 38-34 win. Actual outcome: Wildcats squeak out a 24-17 overtime win.
Cal vs. Nevada
My prediction: Bears upset at home, 30-28. Actual outcome: Bears upset at home, 31-24.
Oregon vs. Arkansas State
My prediction: Ducks soar to 63-12 win. Actual outcome: Ducks glide to 57-34 win.
USC vs. Hawai’i
My prediction: Trojans win 42-20. Actual outcome: Trojans win 49-10.
Washington vs. San Diego State
My prediction: Huskies hold off Aztecs, 31-23. Actual outcome: Huskies hold off Aztecs, 21-12.