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:


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.


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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>