Week 3 rewind, Pac-12 predictions

The Pac-12 had an impressive non-conference run with notable wins over Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

Five conference members are ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll.

And then there are the Buffs. At least for one more day they are tied for first place in the South Division.

Here’s a quick look at last week’s results and predictions for five Pac-12 openers:

Washington State at UNLV

My prediction: Cougars pull out a 24-20 road win. Actual outcome: Cougars held on for a 35-27 road win.

Cal at Ohio State

My prediction: Bears get boat raced, 41-17. Actual outcome: Bears beaten at the wire, 35-28.

Tennessee Tech at Oregon

My prediction: Ducks in a laugher, 63-16. Actual outcome: Ducks in a laugher, 63-14.

Portland State at Washington

My prediction: Huskies get back on track, 34-20. Actual outcome: Huskies really got back on track, 52-13.

Arizona State at Missouri

My prediction: Sun Devils lose a tough one in “SEC country,” 31-30. Actual outcome: Sun Devils lost a tough one to the Tigers formerly of the Big 12, 24-20.

BYU at Utah

My prediction: Utes rise up and win Holy War, 27-25. Actual outcome: Cougars let Holy War slip away, 24-21.

South Carolina State at Arizona

My prediction: Wildcats go through the motions and win, 33-13. Actual outcome: Wildcats made another statement with 56-0 romp.

Houston at UCLA

My prediction: Bruins give Houston a problem, 36-16. Actual outcome: Bruins gave Houston a problem, 37-6.

USC at Stanford

My prediction: Trojans finally beat Stanford, 34-24. Actual outcome: Trojans lose to Stanford again, 21-14.

Colorado at Fresno State

My prediction: Bulldogs by 17 (37-20). Actual outcome: Bulldogs by 55 (69-14).

Now let’s get into some Pac-12 football.

Oregon State (1-0) at No. 19 UCLA (3-0) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (1:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2).

The Beavers have only played one game, although it was a win over Wisconsin. The Bruins have come too far, too fast to lose the conference opener at home. UCLA prevails, 23-17.

Cal (1-2) at No. 13 USC (2-1) at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Lane Kiffin is cracking. But the Trojans still have too much talent to fall to 0-2 in conference play. USC wins, 31-20.

Utah (2-1) at Arizona State (2-1) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

A huge South Division showdown for both programs. The Utes pull off a minor upset, 27-24.

No. 22 Arizona (3-0) at No. 3 Oregon (3-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Rich Rodriguez doesn’t have enough depth or speed to run with Chip Kelly, especially at Autzen Stadium. Ducks make a statement, 48-28.

Colorado (0-3) at Washington State (2-1) at Martin Stadium in Pullman (2 p.m., FX)

This is the best chance the Buffs have for a win, at least on paper. The Cougars have to have this one to make a bowl game and beat CU 45-24.

Idle: No. 9 Stanford (3-0) and Washington (2-1). The Cardinal and Huskies meet next Thursday in Seattle.

My season record: 26-7 (.788)

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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