Third time the charm on my CU Buffs, Pac-12 predictions

The Buffs will take a one-game road winning streak to Fresno State.

OK, there’s your positive note of the week.

And now it’s time for my Week 3 Pac-12 predictions sure to go wrong:

TONIGHT’S GAME

Washington State (1-1) at UNLV (0-2) at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas (7 p.m., ESPN).

The Cougars beat the Rebels 59-7 in Pullman last season. Much closer this time, but Washington State escapes with a 24-20 road win ahead of Mike Leach’s Pac-12 debut vs. Colorado.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Cal (1-1) at No. 12 Ohio State (2-0) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus (10 a.m., ABC).

Remember when Jeff Tedford was a hot NFL coaching prospect? Now he’s on the hot seat. Buckeyes blast the Bears, 41-17.

Tennessee Tech (2-0) at No. 4 Oregon (2-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

Really? Why not give Portland State the payday instead? Ducks win 63-16.

Portland State (1-1) at Washington (1-1) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (2 p.m., FX).

Looks like the Vikings were booked. My bad. Huskies get back on track, sort of, 34-20.

Arizona State (2-0) at Missouri (1-1) at Memorial Stadium in Columbia (5 p.m., ESPN2).

I think middle-of-the Pac-12 loses on the road at new SEC. Tigers prevail in a good one, 31-30.

No. 25 BYU (2-0) at Utah (1-1) at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City (8 p.m., ESPN2).

All signs point to a Cougars win in the final Holy War until 2015. I think Kyle Whittingham, coming off a humbling in-state loss to Utah State, will still find a way. Utes in an upset, 27-25.

South Carolina State (1-1) at No. 24 Arizona (2-0) at Arizona Stadium in Tucson (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

The Wildcats will have a huge letdown after the win over Oklahoma State. Arizona still wins 33-13.

Houston (0-2) at No. 22 UCLA (2-0) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

Two programs headed in opposite directions. Cougars’ upset last season is ancient history. Bruins win big, 36-16.

No. 2 USC (2-0) at No. 21 Stanford (2-0) at Stanford Stadium in Stanford (5:30 p.m., Fox).

The Pac-12 opener should be a good one. Trojans have too much offense for the Cardinal though. USC rolls on, 34-24.

Colorado (0-2) at Fresno State (1-1) at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

The Buffs have fooled me twice. Shame on me. Bulldogs romp, 37-20.

My season record: 17-6 (.739)

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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