Picking the Pac: Week 12 picks

eDuck writers have a little fun looking over the games in the conference.

California Vs. USC

Robby- USC is at home and a two touchdown favorite. They’ve had only two hiccups in Pac-12 play and both of those losses came in the final minute. Despite Cal’s high-powered offense and renewed focus this season, I think the Trojans have the edge talent-wise. Cal also has been unable to pose as any kind of defensive threat to opponents, giving up over 30 points per game in every conference game and at least 45 in four of those seven games. I think USC wins and covers.

Jake- This is going to be a fun one. Both teams have the potential to score a ton of points and in Cal’s case give up a lot of points. I see Cal hanging around with USC for the first half, but eventually the overall talent level in LA will help USC put up a big lead in the second half that the Bears just can’t overcome. USC wins this one going away as they look to stay in the hunt in the south and Cal has to wait another week for bowl eligibility.

Washington Vs. Arizona

Robby- Washington couldn’t stop the UCLA Bruins at home last week and now they have to go on the road against an Arizona team that needs to win to stay in the hunt in the Pac-12 South. I don’t see them stopping the Wildcats either. Anu Soloman has had a terrific season in his first year under center for Arizona and I expect him to carve up the UW defense en route to a win.

Jake- Is Washington good? I’m not really sure. They have wins to give them a post season but they haven’t been impressive in conference play. While the Huskies front seven has been talented this year, they have absolutely been shredded by mobile quarterbacks. The dismissal of Marcus Peters doesn’t help things in the defensive backfield. Tucson is not a friendly place to play and I think Arizona comes away with the win but wouldn’t be surprised if the Dawgs make this one competitive.

Utah Vs. Stanford

Robby- A battle of hoss teams. Utah was one mishap away from taking control over Oregon last week, something that likely cost them a chance at the upset. The Utes continue to surprise despite injuries to key players and while both teams are out of the conference title race, this could be the best battle of the weekend in the conference. While Utah pulled off the massive upset last season at home, it will be senior day on the farm, so look for Stanford to come out with a little extra motivation. In these match ups, the better defense tends to win so the nod goes to Stanford here in what very well could be a low-scoring contest.

Jake- Both Utah and Stanford have little to play for at this point in the season. Oregon torched them both on the scoreboard in back to back weekends and will be looking to salvage their conference dignity with a win here. I give the advantage to Utah’s skill positions, Devontae Booker is a beast and in a game that will be decided in the trenches I think the Utes have a better ability to move the ball and score. This one is going to be tight, physical and mean. Utah is a better overall team and they should play like it in Palo Alto.

Arizona State Vs. Oregon State

Robby-Giant Killers? Not this week. As much as I’d like to believe the Beavers can snap out of the funk they’ve found themselves in this season during conference play, ASU is too talented on both sides not to pull this one out. Arizona State is on a crash course with Oregon for the Pac-12 Championship Game and a shot at a playoff spot. I don’t think they’re overlooking anybody down the stretch. Arizona State should win by at least a couple of touchdowns.

Jake-Blowout city. That’s what they may have to rename Corvallis after their next couple home games. After dropping a game to WSU in which the score does not dictate the game, the Beavers are reeling. While the Beavs reel, the Devils roll. ASU takes a lead early and runs away and hides while the fans empty the stadium at half time. I may be in attendance once again as my dad continues to come through in the clutch to give me free football tickets. I doubt I could sell them if I wanted to.

Jake 4-1

Robby 3-2

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