Pac-12 Week Twelve Predictions

Scout predicts the four Pac-12 conference games from the weekend...

We thought we could keep the mojo going after a 6-0 week, but alas, we simply went 4-1 (thanks a lot, Oregon State).

But still, a 10-1 two-week stretch is admirable.

This week, we have four conference games to choose from, before a full slate next weekend, with four teams on a bye this weekend.

Here are Scout's predictions for the four Week 12 conference games:

California at USC, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN

The last time Cal beat USC at the Coliseum, Aaron Rodgers was in high school not being recruited by anyone. The last time Cal even looked competitive in the Coliseum was when Rodgers had them inside the ten yard line in the final minute, with a chance to win with a touchdown, but the Trojans defense held and ended up winning the national championship. The last time Cal beat USC was in 2003, the year before (and the Trojans would still win a national title).

So history is not on Cal's side.

That said, after looking awful for all of 2013, the Bears are knocking on the door of a bowl, needing only to win one of their next three (after USC is Stanford and BYU) to clinch bowl eligibility.

Meanwhile, USC is still mathemetically alive for the Pac-12 South (they need some help). They do play crosstown rival UCLA next week, so their could be some lookahead, but USC used the bye week to get healthy after beating Washington State on the road.

And Steve Sarkisian never lost to Cal while at UW (going 5-0 against them).

A Thursday night game in Los Angeles isn't a great idea, so the crowd may not be a big factor, but we like the Trojans here.

Prediction: USC 35, Cal, 27

Washington at Arizona, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on FOX

Arizona's offense bounced back against Colorado, while Washington's offense continues to be up-and-down.

The Wildcats still are alive in the Pac-12 South race (they too need some help), and are still on pace for a 10-win season. A win at home isn't a guarantee in this conference, but they've generally played well in Tucson.

Washington is 0-4 against ranked teams this year, and outside of Stanford, have lost by 14 points or more to three of them. They're better on the road, though (three of their Pac-12 losses have come in Husky Stadium).

This game features two of the best linebackers in the country, Scooby Wright from Arizona and Shaq Thompson from Washington, though Thompson will play mostly running back, which will pit the two against each other.

The Huskies are struggling in Chris Petersen's first year while RichRod's team is doing fine as long as they're not playing Los Angeles teams.

So we'll go the Wildcats at home here.

Prediction: Arizona 31, Washington 17

Utah at Stanford, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

A year ago, Stanford went into Utah, a top 10 team and unbeaten, and the Utes beat the Cardinal, giving Kevin Hogan his first loss as the starter.

Utah has improved since the, while the Cardinal have regressed this year, with Hogan struggling for much of the season.

This game will come down to defense, with both teams having good defenses, but the Utes having a tad more offense thanks to Devontae Booker.

Utah may be pretty much out of the Pac-12 South race, but they're still playing for a good bowl, while Stanford still needs a win to clinch their sixth straight bowl.

We'll to the Utes here because of the visitor effect in the Pac-12.

Prediction: Utah 20, Stanford 17

Arizona State at Oregon State, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. on ESPN

The Sun Devils moved up to No. 6 in the playoff poll while the Beavers have been pretty bad of late.

Arizona State has yet to lose a road game this year, while the Beavers have been pretty beatable at home.

Oregon State could make it a game early, but their defense hasn't been good this season.

Meanwhile, Arizona State's defense is making major strides each week, and with so much to play for (the Pac-12 South and a spot in the playoffs), we think they keep their momentum rolling.

So we're going with the Sun Devils here.

Prediction: Arizona State 34, Oregon State 21

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