Ducks at (Sun) Devils showdown headlines Pac-12 predictions

I’m writing this week’s Pac-12 predictions sure to go mostly right from a much happier place — the Coors Events Center.

The Colorado basketball teams are still undefeated and dreaming about championships at media day.

Meanwhile, the Buffs are playing out the string on the gridiron. Again.

Here at Under the Rim we will focus on finishing the second half strong. But before we get to this week’s forecast, a quick rewind:

Arizona State at Colorado

My prediction: Buffs play tough in first half but lose, 38-20. Actual outcome: Buffs played tough in first half but still crushed, 51-17.

Utah at UCLA

My prediction: Bruins bounce back from Cal loss with 30-17 win. Actual outcome: Bruins still scuffling but back on track after 21-14 win.

Stanford at Notre Dame

My prediction: Irish take the fight to Cardinal in 41-27 win. Actual outcome: Irish get benefit of doubt from officials in 20-13 overtime win.

Oregon State at BYU

My prediction: Cougars take advantage of Sean Mannion injury and pull off 13-10 upset. Actual outcome: Backup quarterback Cody Vaz leads Beavers to impressive road win, 42-24.

USC at Washington

My prediction: Trojans win 41-31 in Pete Carroll’s house. Actual outcome: Trojans win 24-14 in Pete Carroll’s house.

Cal at Washington State

My prediction: Bears stay hot with 34-31 win. Actual outcome: Bears still hot after 31-17 win.

And now this week’s predictions:

Tonight’s Game

No. 2 Oregon (6-0, 3-0) at Arizona State (5-1, 3-0) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe (7 p.m., ESPN)

A possible Pac-12 championship preview? Well, USC and Oregon State will have something to say about that. But this intriguing matchup between the high-scoring Ducks (52.3 ppg) and a dangerous Sun Devils team that is allowing just 14.2 points per game.

Oregon, which is No. 3 in the first BCS standings released on Sunday, makes a statement with a 34-27 road win.

Saturday’s games

No. 22 Stanford (4-2, 2-1) at Cal (3-4, 2-2) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley (1 p.m., Fox)

The Cardinal is still licking its wounds from the defeat in South Bend. Jeff Tedford gets off the hot seat after the Bears pull out the “Big Game,” 26-24.

Washington (3-3, 1-2) at Arizona (3-3, 0-3) at Arizona Stadium in Tucson (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

These two teams are very similar. I’ll go with the home team. The Wildcats deliver Rich Rodriguez his first Pac-12 win, 40-35.

Utah (2-4, 0-3) at No. 8 Oregon State (5-0, 3-0) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis (8:30 p.m., ESPN2).

I really thought the Utes would have a smoother transition to the Pac-12. It’s finally time to admit that these Beavers are for real after this 38-17 win.

Colorado (1-5, 1-2) at No. 11 USC (5-1, 3-1) at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

At least it’s not on ESPN. Trojans cover the 41-point spread with a 59-16 romp.

Idle: UCLA (5-2, 2-2) and Washington State (2-5, 0-4)

My season record: 39-15 (.722)

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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