Pac-12 Week Ten Predictions

Key Pac-12 North and Pac-12 South games with huge ramifications are on this weekend's schedule...

Another week we were on a hot streak, relatively speaking, going 4-2, but feeling a 6-0 stretch this weekend.

Here are Scout's predictions for the five Week 9 conference games:

Washington at Colorado, Saturday, 10 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks

Colorado nearly beat UCLA last week in Boulder, with their offense having a great day. Washington lost to Arizona State because their offense couldn't do anything.

On the flip side, Colorado couldn't keep UCLA from getting over 500 yards while Washington's defense did a pretty good job against Arizona State's offense.

So what does that mean? It means that Washington's defense will be the best unit on the field on Saturday and while they still have some issues on offense, their defense has been pretty salty.

Colorado's offensive line has done a good job protecting Sefo Liufau, but the front seven of the Huskies will bring more pressure than the Buffs have faced this year.

Former Mountain West foes Mike MacIntyre and Chris Petersen are familiar with each other, but the Huskies have more talent and will get the win in Boulder.

Prediction: Washington 27, Colorado 17

USC at Washington State, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks

USC suffered a gut-wrenching road loss in the final seconds to Utah while Washington State looked like they forgot to show up for the first half against Arizona.

The Trojans have three losses, two of them on the road, but the Trojans have more talent and still have much more to play for than the Cougars.

Connor Halliday will probably throw 60+ times and will test the USC secondary, but they've gotten better the past couple of weeks.

Steve Sarkisian will return to Pullman for the first time since he was at Washington (he's 1-1 against Mike Leach), but with more talent and with the Cougars looking bad against Arizona last week, we think the Trojans win this one.

Prediction: USC 31, Washington State 21

Stanford at Oregon, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. on FOX

12-1 in 2012. 11-2 in 2013. Two of those losses coming to Stanford, but the third loss coming from Stanford hangover. That's what Oregon has had keep them out of the Pac-12 Championship Game the past two seasons, and further, playing for a potential national title.

The Ducks haven't lost a game to a Pac-12 North school in the three-plus years of the division that isn't Stanford. But the Cardinal have had their number.

This game is in Eugene, where the Ducks lost to Stanford in 2012 (and to Arizona earlier this month). But Stanford hasn't looked that great on the road this year.

This is the Ducks time, this is their team. Stanford's defense is still the best in the Pac-12 and Oregon's is the most balanced in the conference.

The difference is the Stanford offense isn't what it once was, so where will the points come from?

Marcus Mariota continues his hunt for a Heisman and the Ducks get over their Stanford obstacle and stay in contention for playoff spot, which could come open this week with two teams ranked ahead of them in the SEC playing each other.

Prediction: Oregon 28, Stanford 17

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

Oregon State scuffled again when they played Stanford last week.

On the flip side, Cal went toe-to-toe with Oregon before just being out-talented.

Both teams have four wins and need two more wins to clinch a bowl berth. A win here gives one school the leg up.

The Beavers just haven't looked right, namely Sean Mannion, this season, and the Bears are night and day different from last season.

Jared Goff and the Cal offense will be too much for the Mannion-led Beaver offense to keep up with and the Bears inch closer to post-season play.

Prediction: Cal 37, Oregon State 34

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

The last time these two schools met in Pasadena, UCLA was coming off a mid-season funk, but did have a couple wins in a row. Arizona came in hot with a big win (over USC). UCLA was debuting their new alternate uniforms. The Bruins rolled Arizona 66-10 that night in the Rose Bowl.

This week, UCLA is coming in on a two-game win streak, after a midseason funk, while Arizona is still hot (6-1, No. 14 in the country) and UCLA is debuting new alternate uniforms.

The difference is, this is a healthy Arizona team, led by Anu Solomon and a vaunted running game with big-play receivers. So a 56-point win ain't happening.

UCLA hasn't been that great at home this year, 1-2 on the season, while Arizona's best win came on the road at Oregon.

So why are we picking UCLA to win?

Jim Mora's teams tend to play better late in the year and in games with a lot of intrigue (i.e., two of their best wins the past two years have been the night they showed off their new uniforms). Plus, the Bruins will likely feed of the crowd and are due for a big game at home.

It will be close and come down to the final minutes, but the Bruins will stay alive in the Pac-12 South with a narrow win over the Wildcats.

Prediction: UCLA 35, Arizona 31

Utah at Arizona State, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Raise your hand if you said that the biggest game in November in the Pac-12 South would be Utah at Arizona State?

No one did, especially the weekend that Arizona State got beat by 35 points at home by UCLA and Utah blew a 21-point lead and lost to Washington State.

But both teams got themselves right in Los Angeles the following week, the Sun Devils beating USC on a hail mary on the last play of the game and a couple of hours later, the Utes kicking a last-minute field goal and then staving off two field goal attempts by UCLA in the final seconds.

Since then, Utah has beaten USC and Oregon State and Arizona State has beaten Stanford and Washington, each winning at home and on the road.

The Sun Devils didn't play great on offense against Washington and their stingy defense, but did just enough. But their defense is making huge strides.

And that's where the difference will be against Utah, in their defense doing enough to keep the Utes offense from getting much going and their offense doing just enough against a good Utah defense. The Sun Devils remain thickly in the mix for the South title with a win.

Prediction: Arizona State 27, Utah 20


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