Pac-12 Week Seven Predictions

A look at this week's Pac-12 games with predictions that are sure to disappoint...

Lets just pretend last week's predictions, a stellar 0-6 performance, never happened.

This week, there is no way we can go 0-6. But 0-4, given last week, is a possiblity.

Here are Scout's predictions for the four Week 7 conference games:

Washington State at Stanford, Friday, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN

The Cougars can score at will. Stanford can't seem to consistently find the end zone.

The Cougars can't stop anyone. Stanford rarely sees a team score touchdowns on them (the end of the Notre Dame game notwithstanding).

This Friday night tilt is a high-powered offense against a stingy defense. It's an offense that can't get on track against a defense that a track runs through.

So who wins? Go with defense, and the defense that is more likely to make a stop than the one that isn't.

The Cardinal win and get back on track in Pac-12 play and stay alive for the Pac-12 North title, with another key division win.

Prediction: Stanford 24, Washington State 17

Oregon at UCLA, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on FOX

A week ago, this looked like the Pac-12 Game of the Year, at least for the regular season.

Then Arizona beat Oregon in Eugene and Utah beat UCLA in Pasadena, both the Bruins and Ducks suffering stunning home losses (maybe they were looking ahead) and putting a damper on this game.

But now the game brings potentially even MORE intrigue, with the loser seeing the whole summer's worth of hype and back slapping and talk of a potential spot in the CFB Playoff likely go out the window for good, with the loser losing their second game before the season's midway point.

The winner stays alive for the CFB playoff, although Oregon is in better shape at controlling their own destiny thanks to their Pac-12 loss being a non-division one.

Its still a matchup of two of the premier quarterbacks in college football in Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley. But both quarterbacks are playing behind broken down offensive lines. The good news is that neither defenses have been good at generating a pass rush.

We'll go with the home team in this one and the Bruins beat Oregon for the first time since 2007.

Prediction: UCLA 24, Oregon 21

Washington at California, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Cal is a Hail Mary away from being unbeaten. They also are a late Colorado collapse and curious overtime play calling in that game as well as a special teams collapse from Washington State away from being 2-3.

Whatever. The Bears win over Northwestern earlier in the year is looking better and better. They're playing with confidence and some swagger (although their defense still doesn't look any better from a year ago).

Meanwhile, Washington has had a week to lick their wounds from their offensive debacle against Stanford (though Cal's defense could be a nice remedy for that). But Washington's defense really struggled against Eastern Washington's passing attack. And Cal is a lot better through the air than Eastern Washington.

This is a big game for the Bears and could put them just a game away from bowl eligibility with a win. It's in Berkeley. After four straight games in Husky Stadium, the Huskies go on the road for the first time since the season opener in Hawaii (one they barely escaped).

Cal fans are ready but we're not sure the Huskies are and the pick is the Golden Bears winning in the Golden State.

Prediction: Cal 38, Washington 27

USC at Arizona, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Arizona had an extra two days to come down from the high of beating Oregon in Eugene.

USC is still salty about blowing their game against Arizona State at home.

The teams return to action in a late Saturday game in Tucson (where the fans have all day to get themselves, ahem, prepared).

Arizona's defense looked very good against Oregon while the offense was methodical.

USC's defense looked ok until the final three minutes, when it just looked bad. But their offense, for the most part, was efficient.

RichRod may be doing the best job in the Pac-12 South this year, if not the whole conference, while Steve Sarkisian has now essentially said in both their losses, some coaching snafus cost them.USC is still a pretty darn talented team. Its interesting that Arizona, a top 10 team in the polls, is an underdog at home, which is a nod towards USC's talent.

But with the way USC lost last week a potential indicator of bigger problems plus Arizona gaining confidence by the week, we think the Wildcats win this one at home. Let the field rushing commence.

Prediction: Arizona 31, USC 27

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