Picking the Pac: Week 11 picks

With the conference races shaping up, we take a look at who is going to come away victorious in a pivotal college football weekend.

We know we’re a little late to the party with this picking the Pac thing, but it sounded like fun and we wanted to get something out for your Friday reading pleasure. Enjoy.

Notre Dame Vs. Arizona State

Jake: This is essentially an elimination game for the college football playoff. To borrow a line from “Friday Night Lights,” winner moves on, loser plays basketball. With Everett Goldston at QB, the Irish have the ability to put 30 on the scoreboard every game. The problem is, they can’t keep their opponents from doing the same thing. I think that home field advantage factors into this game and the Sun Devils pull it out in the clutch.

Robby: Why not start this off with a huge game. ASU is coming off of a tough win against Utah and Notre Dame continues to give me reasons to think they’re going to lose again after allowing Navy to hang up 39 points on them last weekend. If ASU can take care of the ball and play similarly to the way they did against Stanford, they will beat Notre Dame at home. I’ll take the Sun Devils.

Oregon State Vs. Washington State

Jake: Oregon State is bad. Without Connor Halliday, Washington State is worse. I will actually be in attendance for this game as my dad won two tickets to this game on a radio giveaway. Oregon State is starting to get healthy on the lines again and that will go a long way in helping the Beavs get a home win against WSU. This is simply a game OSU has to have as they will also need to find a win against Washington or the Ducks to become bowl eligible. Beavers win a close one.

Robby: Oregon State showed some life against Cal last week on offense. I expect them to do the same against the Cougars this weekend. If Washington State had Connor Halliday available, that would likely tip the scales in their favor because the Beavers defense has been horrible for the most part during Pac-12 play. Washington State will still gets its yards, but as Jake mentioned, the Beavers are teetering close to a bowl-less season so this is a must-win at home. Let’s see if they play like it. I’ll take the Beavers at home.

UCLA Vs Washington

Jake: In a game like this, you have to pick the best player on the field to make a difference. Brett Hundley is going to be the best player on the field Saturday and it will give the Bruins the edge. Washington just dismissed their DB Marcus Peters from the team which makes the secondary dangerously thin. I think the UCLA offensive line holds up against the Washington pass rush and a late touchdown makes this game look closer than it was. UCLA.

Robby: My only question about this game is will the UCLA that dominated Arizona State and Arizona come to play or will the one that lost to Utah and almost lost to Cal and Colorado back- to-back appear? If it’s the latter, the Huskies will hang around and have a big opportunity for an upset at home, something that would make Chris Petersen’s turbulent first season in Seattle a little more bearable. The Bruins shut down the explosive Wildcats last week at home, but they’ve been inconsistent all year. Though the Bruins are the better team, I’ll count on the inconsistencies and take the Huskies in an upset.

Colorado Vs Arizona

Jake: Colorado is so bad—(How bad are they?) I don’t really know. We’re going to see in person the next time Oregon returns to Autzen Stadium. They have the ability to score points but the 3- 3-5 is going to provide major problems for the Buffs. Arizona rolls Colorado at home. This one is over by half time. Robby Arizona has to win to stay in the Pac-12 South title hunt with games against Utah and Arizona State on the horizon to close out the season. After their poor performance against UCLA last week, RichRod’s squad has something to prove and Colorado is the perfect opponent to do that against. Expect a lot of points and aggression from the Wildcats and for them to win easily.

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