Three weeks into the Pac-12 season, we have had some surprising results teamed with injuries and controversy. The typical norm for any sort of sporting season, keeping us on the edge. Breakdown of the games are below. Four Pac-12 schools will have their bye week, including Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Stanford.
#2 Oregon @ Washington State This should be a one sided affair, with the Ducks coming out huge victors, as they are 3-0, including a 46-27 blowout victory over, then ranked, #7 Michigan State. The Wazzou Cougars are sitting at a mediocre 1-2, dropping games to Rutgers and at Nevada, with the lone W coming versus Portland Sky.
Expecting the Ducks to fully cover the 25 point spread, with a predicted scoreline of 48-17.
California @ Arizona With a close victory @ Northwestern, before blowing out Sacramento State, the Golden Bears can not be considered favors against a Wildcat team that has taken care of business with a blowout win versus UNLV, and squeaking by UTSA & Nevada. I fully expect freshman Nick Wilson to have a field day running the ball for the Cats, as they cover the 9 point spread with a 31-10 victory in Tucson.
Utah @ Michigan Finally a non-conference match-up to look forward too as the 2-0 Utah Utes go to Michigan to take on the 2-1 Wolverines. Despite two blow out wins (56-14 vs Idaho State, 59-27 vs Fresno State), the Utes haven't played any opponent that is worthy of half an inch on any national paper, while Michigan lost 31-0 to, then, #16 Notre Dame, and has two wins versus Appalachian State & Miami (Ohio). Two schools that are equally as unappealing as Utah's opponents.
Junior QB Travis Wilson needs to be effective in reading the Wolverines defensive coverage and find the gaps for his wide outs if the Utes want to beat the spread, which has Michigan as 5 point favorites. Neither sides defense is above lackluster, and a high scoring 44-38 win for Michigan is my pick.
Georgia State @ Washington Washington is coming in as 35 point favorites, as they are 3-0 despite two lackadaisical performances versus Hawaii and Eastern Washington. Georgia State, however, is one of the weakest teams in the nation, and the Huskies should have zero issue in defeating the Panthers of the Sun Belt, though the 35 point spread won't be covered. Give the Huskies a 54-38 victory.
Hawaii @ Colorado The Rainbow Warriors are all too familiar with Pac-12 opponents, as this is the third and final opponent from the conference they will face during the 2014 campaign, previously, dropping a 1 point loss to, then, #25 Washington, and losing 38-30 to the Beavers, with an unimpressive 27-24 home win versus Northern Iowa following. The Colorado Buffaloes, on the flip side, have been equally unimpressive, with a loss to Colorado State and a narrow win versus Massachusetts to show, besides a loss to the Sun Devils of Arizona State. Despite being 8 point favorites, I like the Rainbow Warriors to get their first win versus the Pac-12 on the year, with a final tally of 24-13.
San Diego State @ Oregon State The Beavers are boasting a 2-0 record, with wins over Portland State & Hawaii, while the Aztecs blew out the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and lost by 4 to, then, at #21 North Carolina. Oregon State comes in as 10 point favorites, a spread they will not cover, but should take the game, 21-17.