Pac-12 Week Fourteen Predictions

Scout predicts the Pac-12 games from the final weekend of the regular season...

Last week we went 5-1 with no confidence at all in our picks.

So naturally, despite our hot streak of late, we have no confidence this week.

It's rivalry weekend in the Pac-12, except in California, where the four schools met their regional rivals last week, and two of them, Cal and USC, play against out-of-conference teams and the other two, Stanford and UCLA, play each other.

But in three states, there are in-state rivalry games, and then the Mountain region has its rivalry game.

It's the final week of the regular season, with only the Pac-12 Championship Game left, and we know Oregon is headed to Levi's Stadium to represent the Pac-12 North, while by around 4 p.m. on Friday, we'll know who their opponent from the South will be. Here are Scout's predictions for the final weekend of regular season games:

Stanford at UCLA, Friday, 12:30 p.m. on ABC

Both teams won their rivalry games last weekend and now they'll meet in the Rose Bowl on Friday afternoon, with a lot at stake for the Bruins.

A UCLA win over Stanford would not only snap their six-game losing streak to the Cardinal, it would clinch the Pac-12 South for the Bruins, who rolled USC last week.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal smoked Cal a week ago to clinch bowl eligibility but can really firm up a bowl spot with a win over the Bruins, and they'd love nothing more than to continue their mastery of UCLA.

But its the final home game for Brett Hundley and the Bruins, and with Stanford's offense, already in disarray for much of the year, now lacking Ty Montgomery, we think the Bruins wrap up the Pac-12 South and snap their losing streak to Stanford.

Prediction: UCLA 24, Stanford 20

Arizona State at Arizona, Friday, 12:30 p.m. on FOX

Most of the crowd in Wildcat Stadium will be paying attention to the game in front of them. They'll also be looking at their phones to keep track of what's going on in Pasadena.

Both teams won a week ago and the winner here can win the Pac-12 South and earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game IF Stanford beats UCLA. A win by the Bruins just gives the winner here bragging rights for the year.

Regardless of the stakes, this is one of the best matchups in the Territorial Cup race in memory.

The winner clinches a 10-win season before a bowl and stays in contention for a spot in one of the Playoff Bowls, potentially an invite to the Fiesta Bowl, which either school would be playing in front of a big crowd.

RichRod has never beaten Todd Graham in this series and ASU has had the Wildcats number the last two years.

But that comes to an end in Tucson, with the Wildcats getting the upperhand while hoping like crazy Stanford pulls off the upset. Prediction: Arizona 32, Arizona State 27

Utah at Colorado, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Pac-12 Network

Utah's chance at a 10-win season was lost last week when they got hammered at home by Colorado.

Colorado is just looking for a win in Pac-12 play, for some tangible proof that they're improving as a program (they are, even if the wins and losses don't reflect it).

Utah's offense has been an issue all year and Colorado's defense could be a nice remedy for them.

Colorado is knocking on the door of that first Pac-12 win and they'd love nothing more than to end the season with momentum.

But the Utes have been good at bouncing back this year for the most part, and they'll win a tight one in Boulder.

Prediction: Utah 23, Colorado 21

Notre Dame at USC, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on FOX

Neither team looked all that spectacular last week, USC losing at UCLA and the Irish losing at home to Louisville.

Usually a marquee game when it's in the Coliseum, this year its a 12:30 game with little buzz.

Brian Kelly has fared well against USC since taking the Irish job, going 3-1, and a win to end the season would calm some of the gnashing of teeth in South Bend (and snap their three-game losing streak).

The Trojans have been up and down this season under Steve Sarkisian, his first as USC's head coach, and after their flop against UCLA last week, a win over their other rival would go a long way towards quieting the critics. A loss, on the other hand, ends their regular season with seven wins, and doesn't help him get past that label.

Still, we think USC is a better team and will have more motivation playing at the Coliseum, and they get off the seven game ladder for Sarkisian.

Prediction: USC 30, Notre Dame 27

BYU at California, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

BYU has already wrapped up a spot in the Miami Beach Bowl while is looking for bowl eligibility in their final game of the season.

The Cougars have bounced back from a mid-season slump after they lost quarterback Taysom Hill.

Meanwhile, after starting 4-1, the Bears are 5-6, losers of five of their last six games.

A five-win season after a miserable 1-11 season in Sonny Dykes' maiden campaign is a big step for the Bears. A six-win season and a bowl game is a bigger step.

And we think that Cal will take that step and clinch a spot in a bowl at 6-6.

Prediction: Cal 40, BYU 35

Oregon at Oregon State, Saturday, 5:00 p.m. on ABC

Last year, the Ducks limped in to the Civil War, fresh off a humiliating defeat in Arizona and the Beavers pushed them to the final minute, Marcus Mariota rallying the Ducks to a go-ahead touchdown late.

This year, the Ducks come rolling in, the No. 2 team in the country and already locked in to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

The Beavers looked to be turning the corner after they beat Arizona State two weeks ago, then looked bad against Washington and now have to beat the Ducks to win their sixth game and avoid going bowl-less for the third time in five years.

Oregon State would love nothing more than to clinch bowl eligibility and end their in-state rivals dream season.

But Mariota and the Ducks are on another level, and Mariota continues to add to his Heisman Trophy resume with an emphatic road win for the Ducks.

Prediction: Oregon 44, Oregon State 17

Washington at Washington State, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Washington State had their sights set on a big season, but a slow start hurt them and then when they lost quarterback Connor Halliday, it made this year a nightmare one.

Washington, in year one under Chris Petersen, had some good moments coupled with some bad moments, but they're heading to a bowl no matter the outcome in Pullman.

While the Cougars may have their quarterback of the future in Luke Falk, their defense in the presence hasn't been good, as a second half collapse at Arizona State showed.

The Huskies offense has been pretty bland all year but looked to turn a corner against Oregon State.

The last three times a first-year coach was involved in this game, his team won (Paul Wulff in 2008, Steve Sarkisian in 2009 and Mike Leach in 2012).

We think Petersen makes that four straight and the Huskies end the season for the Cougs with a win in Martin Stadium.

Prediction: Washington 38, Washington State 35

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