Rest in peace Carroll H. Cook. I loved watching “Beano” on the four-letter network and also listening to his witty and insightful opinions about college football on the radio.
One of Cook’s many memorable lines:
“ESPN is like your family, it’s always there. The networks are like your mother-in-law. They are there on the weekends.”
Tonight ESPN is here in Boulder to kick off the college football weekend as Arizona State faces Colorado at Folsom Field.
Before we get to my prediction on the Buffs and the other Pac-12 matchups, a quick rewind from last week:
USC at Utah
My prediction: Trojans escape Salt Lake City with a 31-23 win. Actual outcome: Trojans flew home with a nice 38-28 road win.
Arizona at Stanford
My prediction: Cardinal holds Rich-Rod offense in check and wins 34-24. Actual outcome: Cardinal lets Rich-Rod offense go nuts, until overtime, and wins 54-48.
Washington State at Oregon State
My prediction: Beavers remain perfect, 41-27. Actual outcome: Beavers remain perfect, 19-6.
UCLA at Cal
My prediction: Bruins keep life un-Bear-able in Berkeley with a 37-30 win. Actual outcome: Bears come out of hibernation and upset UCLA, 43-17.
Washington at Oregon
My prediction: Ducks fail to score 50 but win 45-27. Actual outcome: Ducks continue to score 50 and win 52-21.
And now this week’s action:
Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) at Colorado (1-4, 1-1) at Folsom Field in Boulder (7 p.m., ESPN)
The Sun Devils might be looking ahead to next week’s showdown against No. 2 Oregon in Tempe. That could lead to an exciting first half, but CU doesn’t have the players to keep up for four quarters.
Buffs show some promise but lose, 38-20.
Utah (2-3, 0-2) at UCLA (4-2, 1-2) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (1 p.m., Fox)
I would like the Utes’ chances here if UCLA were coming off a win at Cal. But Jim Mora Jr. will have UCLA ready to play at a high level.
Bruins get back on track, 30-17.
No. 17 Stanford (4-1, 2-1) at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0) at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (1:30 p.m., NBC)
Looks like this is the year the Irish finally fight their way back into contention for a national championship, or at least into a BCS bowl game.
No luck for the Cardinal. Notre Dame wins 41-27.
No. 10 Oregon State (4-0, 3-0) at BYU (4-2) at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah (1:30 p.m., ABC).
This is a tough game to pick with the Beavers losing starting quarterback Sean Mannion to a knee injury. If it was in Corvallis, Oregon State would definitely be able to overcome the loss.
The Cougars, who have a terrific defense and a lot of trouble scoring on offense, pull off the upset, 13-10.
No. 11 USC (4-1, 2-1) at Washington (3-2, 1-1) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (5 p.m., Fox)
The Huskies have a chance at another upset here, but I think Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are really going to want to play well on Pete Carroll’s home turf.
USC gains some momentum ahead of the Buffs’ visit to L.A. next week with a 41-31 victory in the Seattle Seahawks’ house.
Cal (2-4, 1-2) and Washington State (2-4, 1-2) at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
The winner of this game still has a chance to go to a bowl. I don’t believe the Cougars are a bowl team.
Bears make it two in a row with a 34-31 road win.
Idle: No. 2 Oregon (6-0, 3-0) and Arizona (3-3, 0-3).
My season record: 34-14 (.708)