Pac-12 Week Six Predictions

Five Pac-12 games are on the slate this week and a key non-conference Top 25 matchup...

With 11 of the 12 Pac-12 teams in action (five conference games, one key non-conference matchup of two Top 25 teams and only Washington having a bye), the conference has a couple of intriguing games on the docket this weekend.

Here are Scout's predictions for the Week 6 games:

Arizona at Oregon, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

When both last played, you had two games that couldn't have been more fascinating. Oregon was fighting for it's playoff life with a big test against Washington State, while Arizona was coming back with 36-points in the fourth quarter at home against Cal.

Oregon obviously held on and Arizona won on a last second Hail Mary from Anu Solomon to Austin Hill.

Now, 12 days later, both teams return to the field.

It was Arizona who effectively knocked Oregon out of the BCS title hunt last year, dominating them in Tucson and essentially eliminating them from the Pac-12 North title. They also picked off Marcus Mariota twice that night.

It's a different Oregon offense and a different Arizona defense in a lot of ways, and the Ducks have been stewing over that game and the questions that rose from their escape against Washington State. Meanwhile, Arizona is still riding high from their win over Cal and could have a big hangover looming.

The pick here is that Oregon avenges last year's loss and two weeks ago's push from the Cougs and rolls in front of a big national audience.

Prediction: Oregon 41, Arizona 20

Stanford vs. Notre Dame, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on NBC

Speaking of games that stick in someone's craw, even though it's been two years since Notre Dame won in controversial fashion in South Bend over the Cardinal, Stanford has not forgotten it.

Notre Dame looked impressive against Michigan, but then again, who hasn't? That's really the only significant win for the Irish, who won in a sloppy game over Syracuse.

Stanford's offense hasn't been great, and really, not even good. But their defense? Oh, their defense. It's been the best in the Pac-12 and in the country.

And we think that's the difference and lets the Cardinal go on the road and get that win back over the Irish.

Prediction: Stanford 17, Notre Dame 13

Oregon State at Colorado, Saturday, 1 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Two teams that are reeling, Oregon State from a bad, bad loss to USC and Colorado from a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to Cal.

This game is in Boulder and while Colorado did lose in narrow fashion to the Bears, their offense was unstoppable.

The Beavers defense looked good in spurts, but then tired against USC. Their offense, on the other hand, was a nightmare pretty much all game.

There are a lot of questions with the Beavers, while the Buffs are showing signs of life and with the game at Folsom Field, that should be the key for the Buffs.

Prediction: Colorado 37, Oregon State 28

Arizona State at USC, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. on FOX

Arizona State's defense, to be kind, was awful against UCLA. USC's defense was good against Oregon State.

The Sun Devils offense was good against UCLA, the Trojans offense was slow but ultimately did what they needed to do to win.

With Taylor Kelly still out, that presents one less player for the Trojans to worry about and they'll make Mike Bercovici beat them.

The problem is, ASU's defense was so bad against UCLA, that the Trojans have to be licking their chops to get right against the Sun Devils.

We think USC wins and does it in pretty easy fashion.

Prediction: USC 38, Arizona State 20

California at Washington State, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Cal won in a double-overtime thriller in Berkeley. Washington State won in comeback fashion in Salt Lake City.

Both are riding high, the Cougs getting a much-needed conference road win and the Bears winning their first Pac-12 game since 2012.

This game should have the reverse hangover effect, with both teams fired up to see if they can extend their modest winning-streaks to two.

Cal hasn't been great on the road the last couple years, but this year, they did beat Northwestern away from home and had the Arizona game for the majority of it. Washington State has been better in Pullman, and ultimately, we think that's the difference here in what will be a high-scoring affair.

Prediction: Washington State 44, California 38

Utah at UCLA, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

This was setting up to be a matchup of unbeaten teams before Utah squandered a three-touchdown first half lead against the Cougars.

That game exposed a lot of flaws for the Utes, largely their inability to generate much passing yardage against an average pass defense. UCLA, on the other hand, didn't fare great against Arizona State's offense so that could help.

On the other side, Utah's defense started to get mashed in the second half against Washington State and UCLA's offense was a treat against Arizona State.

The Utes have made things close the last two years against UCLA, but they're a different team away from home, while UCLA returns home for the first time in four weeks, and won't be caught looking ahead to Oregon.

The Bruins should roll and set up a massive clash next week in Pasadena.

Prediction: UCLA 34, Utah 17

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