I think some of the Pac-12′s best teams could be upset on Saturday. Oregon is not one of them.
Before we get to this week’s predictions sure to go mostly right, here’s last week’s rewind:
Oregon State at Arizona State
My prediction: Ducks soar to 34-27 road win. Actual outcome: Ducks soar to 43-21 road win.
Stanford at Cal
My prediction: Bears pull off upset in the Big Game, 26-24. Actual outcome: Cardinal smothers rival in Big Game, 21-3.
Washington at Arizona
My prediction: Wildcats get Rich-Rod his first Pac-12 win, 40-35. Actual outcome: Wildcats delivered Rich-Rod his first Pac-12 win, 52-17.
Utah at Oregon State
My prediction: Beavers continue to chop wood, win 38-17. Actual outcome: Utes showed up for a fight but still lost 21-7.
Colorado at USC
My prediction: Trojans cover the 41-point spread with 59-16 romp. Actual outcome: Trojans covered the 41-point spread with 50-6 romp.
And now Saturday’s games:
UCLA (5-2, 2-2) at Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (1 p.m., Fox)
Two pretty similar teams having nice seasons under first-year head coaches. The Sun Devils bounce back from their humbling loss to Oregon with a 26-20 victory.
No. 10 USC (6-1, 4-1) at Arizona (4-3, 1-3) at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. (1:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2)
This is a trap game for the Trojans ahead of their showdown with Oregon next week. The Wildcats pull off a stunning upset, 48-44.
Washington State (2-5, 0-4) at No. 19 Stanford (5-2, 3-1) at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. (4:15 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
The Cardinal tunes up for its trip to Boulder next week with a 38-14 thrashing of the Cougars.
Cal (3-5, 2-3) at Utah (2-5, 0-4) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City (7:45 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Jeff Tedford is in some trouble. Utes get their first conference win, 27-24.
No. 9 Oregon State (6-0, 4-0) at Washington (3-4, 1-3) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (8:15 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
The Beavers are also on upset alert on the road. But Oregon State finds a way to keep its Rose Bowl dreams alive with a 30-28 win over the disappointing Huskies.
Colorado (1-6, 1-3) at No. 2 Oregon (7-0, 4-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Chip Kelly can name the score. My best guess for what he has in mind is a Ducks 63, Buffs 14.
My season record: 43-16 (.723)