Can the Buffs find relief in the desert? Find out in this week’s Pac-12 predictions

After another ho-hum 5-1 week of Pac-12 predictions, it’s time for Under the Rim to break down today’s matchups.

Can the Buffs actually win?

Drum roll, please …

Utah Utes (4-5, 2-4) at Washington Huskies (5-4, 3-3) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Diehard Buffs fans can stay up late to scout their team’s final two opponents. Utah has been playing well lately, but I have to go with the Huskies at home. Washington brings a three-game winning streak to Boulder after a 24-20 win over the Utes.

No. 2 Oregon Ducks (9-0, 6-0) at Cal Bears (3-7, 2-5) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Remember when Jeff Tedford was an offensive genius and a hot coaching candidate? That guy is Chip Kelly now. Ducks dominate, 56-17.

No. 17 UCLA Bruins (7-2, 4-2) at Washington State Cougars (2-7, 0-6) at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (8:30 p.m., ESPN2)

The Bruins are in position for another South Division title. No way they get derailed by the North Division bottom feeder. UCLA takes care of business 41-20.

Arizona State Sun Devils (5-4, 3-3) at No. 21 USC Trojans (6-3, 4-3) at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Matt Barkley won’t need deflated footballs to hang a big number on fading ASU. USC gets back on track with a 45-24 victory.

No. 13 Oregon State (7-1, 5-1) at No. 16 Stanford (7-2, 5-1) at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif. (1 p.m., Fox)

The Buffs’ defense created a new star quarterback at Stanford in Kevin Hogan. Hogan’s heroes get a big win over the Beavers today, 27-24.

Colorado Buffaloes (1-8, 1-5) at Arizona Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) at Arizona Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (11:30 a.m., FX)

Nick Hirschman vs. B.J. Denker. Pac-12 No. 11 defense vs. Pac-12 No. 12 defense. Pride vs. bowl eligibility. This is a golden opportunity for the Buffs to get a victory, but I’m not sure they can beat anyone right now, even when the breaks go their way. Arizona prevails, 44-21.

Idle: None.

My season record: 52-19 (.732)

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ESPN ranks Colorado hoops squad No. 66, Buffs opponents from 5 to 316 out of 345

Before Colorado opens the 2012-13 basketball season tonight at the Coors Events Center, let’s look at some interesting preseason hype courtesy of ESPN The Magazine.

The publication ranked all 345 Division I programs. Some, including Buffs fans, might be critical of where their team is slotted in the magazine’s formula, which factored in stats, recruiting evaluations and coaching.

Not me.

I found it difficult to research and come up with a top 25 for the preseason Associated Press poll. So I respect the fact that someone attempted this.

For what it’s worth, CU came in at No. 66, which was sixth among Pac-12 teams behind UCLA (10), Arizona (14), Stanford (36), Cal (43) and USC (46).

The Trojans? They do have talent, but I disagree with having them in the top 50 of any ranking at this point coming off a six-win season.

I voted the Buffs fourth in the preseason Pac-12 media poll behind Arizona, UCLA and Stanford.

Here’s how the other teams on Tad Boyle’s schedule rank in the ESPN exercise:

5. Kansas (Dec. 8, Lawrence)

21. Baylor (possibly Nov. 16 in Charleston, S.C.)

50. Murray State (possibly Nov. 18 in Charleston, S.C.)

57. Wyoming (Dec. 1, Laramie)

67. Washington (Jan. 16, Seattle)

70. Colorado State (Dec. 5, Boulder)

76. St. John’s (possibly Nov. 18 in Charleston, S.C.)

80. College of Charleston (possibly Nov. 18 in Charleston, S.C.)

81. Washington State (Jan. 19, Pullman)

83. Oregon State (Feb. 10 in Corvallis and March 9 in Boulder)

86. Fresno State (Dec. 12, Fresno)

94. Dayton (next Thursday at Charleston Classic)

99. Oregon (Feb. 7 in Eugene and March 7 in Boulder)

101. Auburn (possibly Nov. 18 in Charleston, S.C.)

130. Arizona State (Jan. 6 in Tempe and Feb. 16 in Boulder)

143. Air Force (Nov. 25, Boulder)

162. Utah (Feb. 2 in Salt Lake City and Feb. 21 in Boulder)

171. Boston College (possibly Nov. 16, Charleston, S.C.)

184. Texas Southern (Nov. 27, Boulder)

269. Wofford (tonight, Boulder)

296. Hartford (Dec. 29, Boulder)

316. Northern Arizona (Dec. 21, Boulder)

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CU Buffs forward Andre Roberson named to preseason Wooden award watch list

Two years ago Alec Burks and Cory Higgins both made the preseason Wooden Award watch list, which only includes 50 players.

This year Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson is one of only four Pac-12 players on the list.

Roberson averaged 11.6 points and 11.1 rebounds last season while leading the Buffs to 24 wins and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

Entering the 2012-13 season, Roberson is only 357 rebounds away from breaking the CU career record held by Stephane Pelle (1,054,1999-2003).

Roberson, Tad Boyle’s first recruit at CU, shattered the school’s single-season record last season with 401 rebounds. He also ranked third nationally in rebounds per game and was fifth nationally with 20 double-doubles.

Arizona’s Solomon Hill, Cal’s Allen Crabbe and Washington State’s Brock Motum are also on the preseason Wooden watch list, which will be trimmed to 20 before voters like me chose a winner at the end of the season.

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My Pac-12 picks, Homecoming edition

Welcome to the Homecoming edition of the Under The Rim Pac-12 picks.

I’d like to predict a 1990-style victory for the Buffs, who notched their first win on the road to a national championship with a memorable 21-17 triumph over Stanford on Sept. 6, 1990, in Boulder.

More likely, the throwback Cardinal will party like it’s 1904 (Stanford beat CU 33-0 that season in Denver).

Before we get to the picks, a quick rewind of last week’s disappointing 4-2 mark:

Arizona State vs. UCLA

My prediction: Sun Devils bounce back, 26-20. Actual outcome: Sun Devils bounced with late field goal, 45-43.

Arizona vs. USC

My prediction: Wildcats catch Trojans looking ahead and win, 48-44. Actual outcome: Wildcats caught Trojans looking ahead and won, 39-36.

Stanford vs. Washington State

My prediction: Cardinal tunes up for Buffs with 38-14 win. Actual outcome: Cardinal tunes out and barely beats the Cougars, 24-17.

Utah vs. Cal

My prediction: Utes beat Bears, 27-24. Actual outcome: Utes blow out Bears, 49-27.

Washington vs. Oregon State

My prediction: Beavers avoid upset, 30-28. Actual outcome: Beavers unable to avoid upset, 20-17.

Oregon vs. Colorado

My prediction: Chip Kelly decides to beat the Buffs 63-14. Actual outcome: Chip Kelly decided to beat the Buffs 70-14.

And moving on …

TONIGHT’S GAME

Washington (4-4, 2-3) at Cal (3-6, 2-4) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. (7 p.m., ESPN2)

Huskies are too inconsistent for my taste. I think Jeff Tedford gets one more win as the Cal head coach. Bears win 23-20.

SATURDAY’S GAME

Washington State (2-6, 0-5) at Utah (3-5, 1-4) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Kyle Whittingham is starting to get the Utes back on track. Utah wins 30-20.

No. 25 Arizona (5-3, 2-3) at No. 24 UCLA (6-2, 3-2) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Don’t look now, but the Bruins still have a chance to defend their South Division title. UCLA wins 41-38.

Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) at No. 13 Oregon State (6-1, 4-1) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. (8:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Both teams coming off difficult losses. I like the home team to bounce back. Beavers win 28-24.

No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at No. 18 USC (6-2, 4-2) at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles (5 p.m., Fox)

Chip Kelly will finally have to play his starters for four quarters as the Ducks escape with a 42-37 win in a classic regular-season game.

No. 15 Stanford (6-2, 4-1) at Colorado (1-7, 1-4) at Folsom Field in Boulder (noon, FX)

The Cardinal defense doesn’t care who CU’s starting quarterback is. Stanford wins 34-6.

Idle: None.

My season record: 47-18 (.723)

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Putting some ranked Pac-12 teams on upset alert this week

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.

Idle: None.

My season record: 43-16 (.723)

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My preseason Associated Press basketball ballot … Boyle’s Buffs included?

I did not vote for the Buffs on my Associated Press preseason top 25 ballot. Don’t get upset, Tad Boyle was pleased when I broke the news to him.

There is no doubt in my mind that Colorado has the talent to climb into the poll, but the jury is still out until we see all these freshmen play at this level. The good news is the 2012-13 campaign tips off in two weeks.

If Boyle’s young team wins the Charleston Classic they will certainly get my vote at that point.

Below is my ballot, which included three Pac-12 teams, and my preseason All-Americans, followed by the actual AP preseason poll.

Thorburn’s vote:

1. Indiana
2. Louisville
3. N.C. State
4. Kentucky
5. Ohio State
6. Florida
7. Kansas
8. Duke
9. Arizona
10. Syracuse
11. Missouri
12. North Carolina
13. UCLA
14. UNLV
15. Creighton
16. Michigan State
17. Michigan
18. Cincinnati
19. Notre Dame
20. San Diego State
21. Baylor
22. Wisconsin
23. West Virginia
24. Stanford
25. New Mexico

Thorburn’s preseason All-Americans

Doug McDermott, Creighton
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Jamaal Franklin, SDSU
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

The 2012-13 preseason Associated Press poll:

1. Indiana
2. Louisville
3. Kentucky
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. North Carolina State
7. Kansas
8. Duke
9. Syracuse
10. Florida
11. North Carolina
12. Arizona
13. UCLA
14. Michigan State
15. Missouri
16. Creighton
17. Memphis
18. UNLV
19. Baylor
20. San Diego State
21. Gonzaga
22. Notre Dame
23. Wisconsin
24. Cincinnati
25. Florida State

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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)

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Buffs to pull off another ESPN upset? Get your weekly Pac-12 predictions here

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:

Tonight’s Game

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.

Saturday’s games

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)

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Colorado Buffaloes will not lose this weekend and other Pac-12 locks

Week 6 arrives with six Pac-12 teams ranked nationally. Meanwhile, the struggling Buffs are a 3-point favorite over Bye. I like Colorado’s chances this weekend.

Here’s a quick Week 5 rewind:

Stanford at Washington

My Prediction: Cardinal escapes Seattle with 27-24 win. Actual outcome: Cardinal upset in Seattle with 17-13 loss.

Arizona State at Cal

My Prediction: Bears bounce back, 31-27. Actual outcome: Bears slide continues, 27-17.

Oregon State at Arizona

My Prediction: Wildcats in a mild upset, 30-27. Actual outcome: Beavers stay perfect, 38-35.

Oregon at Washington State

My Prediction: Ducks win 56-20. Actual outcome: Ducks win 51-26.

UCLA at Colorado

My Prediction: Bruins dominate, 45-32. Actual outcome: Bruins dominate, 42-14.

Now on to this week’s games:

TONIGHT

No. 13 USC (3-1, 1-1) at Utah (2-2, 0-1) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City (7 p.m., ESPN)

Trojans visit Salt Lake City for the first time since Nov. 17, 1917. USC won that game 51-0 and wins the rematch 31-23.

SATURDAY

Arizona (3-2, 0-2) at No. 18 Stanford (3-1, 1-1) at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (1 p.m., Fox)

Three up, three down for Rich-Rod and the Wildcats. Cardinal cruises, 34-24.

Washington State (2-3, 0-2) at No. 14 Oregon State (3-0, 2-0) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Two weeks late, but I’m hopping on the Beavers’ bandwagon. Oregon State wins 41-27.

No. 25 UCLA (4-1, 1-1) at Cal (1-4, 0-2) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Bears are slipping into Colorado/Washington State territory. Bruins win 37-30.

No. 23 Washington (3-1, 1-0) at No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Huskies facing a top-10 team for the third time this year. Ducks won’t score 50 this week, but are far from scoreless in Seattle. Oregon wins 45-27.

Idle: Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) and Colorado (1-4, 1-1). The Buffs host the Sun Devils on Oct. 11.

My season record: 30-13 (.698)

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Buffs and Beavers, oh my (poor picks)

The Pac-12 is full of early surprises. Jon Embree’s Buffs are in first place in the South (tied with Arizona State) and Mike Riley’s Beavers are tied with No. 2 Oregon and No. 8 Stanford in the North.

Congratulations to Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb (offense) and Oregon State punter Keith Kostol (special teams) for winning Pac-12 player of the week honors.

Oregon’s speedy spread offense usually grabs all of the headlines, but Ducks linebacker Michael Clay is the conference’s defensive player of the week.

A quick look at last week’s predictions and results:

Oregon State at UCLA

My prediction: Bruins win a tough one at home, 23-17. Actual outcome: Bruins upset at the Rose Bowl, 27-20.

Cal at USC

My prediction: Trojans rebound with a 31-20 win. Actual outcome: Trojans rebound with a 27-9 win.

Utah at Arizona State

My prediction: Utes pull off a 27-24 road win. Actual outcome: Sun Devils dominate, 37-7.

Arizona at Oregon

My prediction: Ducks by 20 (48-28). Actual outcome: Ducks by 49 (49-0).

Colorado at Washington State

My prediction: Buffs roll over late and lose 45-24. Actual outcome: Buffs fight back in fourth quarter and win 35-34.

Now on to this week’s games:

THURSDAY’S GAME

No. 8 Stanford (3-0, 1-0) at Washington (2-1, 0-0) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (7 p.m., ESPN)

Will the Cardinal finally miss Andrew Luck? Well, last year Stanford rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington. Cardinal pulls out a 27-24 road win this time.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Arizona State (3-1, 1-0) at Cal (1-3, 0-1) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley (2 p.m., FX)

The Bears have are coming off back-to-back road games at Ohio State and USC. Time for some home cooking. Cal wins 31-27.

No. 18 Oregon State (2-0, 1-0) at Arizona (3-1, 0-1) at Arizona Stadium in Tucson (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

Both of the Beavers’ wins were against ranked opponents. Wildcats will be looking to atone for poor performance in Eugene. Arizona in a mild upset, 30-27.

No. 2 Oregon (4-0, 1-0) at Washington State (2-2, 0-1) at Martin Stadium in Pullman (8:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Ducks are drooling after watching the fourth-quarter film from CU’s comeback win. Oregon wins 56-20.

UCLA (3-1, 0-1) at Colorado (1-3, 1-0) at Folsom Field (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

The Buffs could be in sole possession of first place in the South Division with a win and an Arizona State loss. I’ll try to help CU out by picking the Bruins to win 45-23.

Idle: No. 13 USC (3-1) and Utah (2-2). The Utes host the Trojans on Oct. 4.

My season record: 28-10 (.737)

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