We said it last week, thanks a lot Oregon State.
We say it again this week, thanks a lot Oregon State.
Their loss to Washington State two weeks ago kept us from being perfect in our picks. Their win over Arizona State last week kept us from being perfect in those picks. But still, a 13-2 three-week stretch is pretty good considering the weeks preceding our big run.
This week, we have a full slate of six conference games to choose from, including two rivalry games.
And if there was ever a week we had zero confidence in our picks (save Oregon-Colorado), this is that week.
Here are Scout's predictions for the six Week 13 conference games:
The Cougars had a week off after beating Oregon State in Corvallis.
Meanwhile, the Sun Devils visited Corvallis last weekend and lost.
Based on the transitive property, the Cougars should beat the Sun Devils.
But we don't play transitive property here, and we think the Sun Devils, who still have a shot at the Pac-12 South title (though they need UCLA to lose one of their next two), will be angry and ready to welcome the Cougars to Sun Devil Stadium in what will be the final home game for Taylor Kelly and likely for Jaelen Strong.
The Cougars got some confidence in their win over the Beavers, especially in Luke Falk's first start, but their mojo runs out on the road against the Sun Devils in what will likely be a close game (at least much closer than the Halloween blowout in Pullman last year).
But the Sun Devils stay alive in the Pac-12 South race and root for USC and Stanford.
Prediction: Arizona State 34, Washington State 27
Two teams who need some help to win the Pac-12 South in what's essentially the ultimate elimination game for both teams.
Both escaped with wins over Pac-12 North teams a week ago, Utah beating Stanford in double overtime on the road, Arizona needing a field goal as time expired to beat Washington at home.
Utah has been very good on the road this year but at home, have scuffled a bit, losing to Washington State and dropping one to Oregon.
Arizona still has the conference's most impressive road win, and heck, the most impressive win period, when they went in to Autzen Stadium and beat Oregon.
So what does that mean for this week?
We still think Utah is the better team and in their final home game of the 2014 season, will send out the seniors, the first full four-year class to play in the Pac-12 their entire career, with a win, and their best record in Pac-12 play.
Prediction: Utah 20, Arizona 17
The last time Cal beat Stanford, Jim Harbaugh was still at Stanford and so was Toby Gerhart.
Since then, the Cardinal have won four straight, including three of them being blowouts.
Those four games coincided with the four straight BCS bowls the Cardinal went to, all 10+ win seasons, while Cal wasn't very good the past two years, and only went bowling in one of them.
Cal has improved tremendously this year, while Stanford has regressed.
This game features a very good offense (Cal) against a very good defense (Stanford) as well as a very bad offense (Stanford) against a very bad defense (Cal).
The game is in Berkeley if that means anything, but more importantly, the game means the winner clinches bowl eligibility, while the loser needs to win next week, no easy task (Cal plays BYU, Stanford visits UCLA).
Cal hasn't beaten a team with a winning record this year while Stanford has only beaten one.
This is one that is too close to call, but we'll go with the Stanford defense, ever so slightly, to pull it out.
Prediction: Stanford 23, Cal 21
If there was one game we're most confident in this weekend, it's easily Oregon over Colorado.
Barring some miracle, it's the final home game for Marcus Mariota and a host of seniors who've been a part of easily the most successful 4-5 year run in Ducks history.
With Oregon the No. 2 in the CFB Playoff Rankings, having the Pac-12 North sewn up means they won't be on cruise control, they want to hold on to that spot in the rankings, to all but ensure they'll be playing in the Rose Bowl (instead of the Sugar Bowl), should they win the Pac-12 title.
Colorado will keep it competitive for a little bit because they're making major strides there, but Oregon is too good, they're getting healthier, and they have their eyes on a big prize at the end of the year.
And playing in front of his Duck fans in Autzen for the final time, Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota will go out with a bang.
Prediction: Oregon 52, Colorado 17
The battle of Los Angeles, the battle for the Victory Bell.
The former Seahawks coach against the former Washington coach, who blossomed as a coach under the current Seahawks coach.
The coach who gave the other coach an insight into college coaching that drew him in.
Yeah, there are some storylines here.
Between the lines, though, you have some of the best players in all of college football: Williams, Hundley, Agholor, Jack, Allen, Kendricks.
And much is at stake. A win by the Bruins keeps them in control of the Pac-12 South and eliminates the Trojans. A win over USC and then Stanford puts the Bruins in the Pac-12 Championship Game for the third time in four years and gives them a three-game winning streak over USC.
A win by the Trojans knocks UCLA out of the Pac-12 race and turns USC into fans of Washington State and Arizona, who they need one of to beat Arizona State to give them a chance at the Pac-12 South. A win over the Bruins also ends UCLA's modest two-game winning streak in the series and gives Steve Sarkisian a much needed boost in his first year.
This is easily the most intriguing game of the weekend, not just in the Pac-12, but in all of college football (unless you're one of the 13 people that don't work for GameDay that think an Ivy League game is more intriguing...).
This one is bordering on too close to call, but given the game is in the Rose Bowl, and UCLA has a bit more at stake, we'll go with the Bruins over the Trojans.
Prediction: UCLA 27, USC 24
Two teams that couldn't have had more different results against the Arizona schools a week ago.
Washington outplayed Arizona in Tucson last week, then fumbled the ball to the Wildcats in the final minutes and watched helplessly as Arizona kicked a field goal as time expired to win.
On the other hand, the Beavers jumped out early on ASU, saw the Sun Devils storm back for a double-digit lead, then rallied themselves, to pull off one of the bigger upsets in the conference this season.
Both teams need at least one win in their next two games to secure a bowl, with the Beavers road tougher having to play Oregon, while the Huskies will visit Washington State to close out the regular season.
Washington seemed to get back on track offensively a bit last week, but at the same time, Oregon State's defense tightened up a bit.
Washington hasn't won a conference home game this season and hasn't won in Husky Stadium since mid-September.
But we think they're due for a win on Montlake and it comes in their final chance to do so.
Prediction: Washington 28, Oregon State 27