Pac-12 Week 2 Predictions

10 09 2010

Started off pretty well last week with a 9-1 record, but Jake Locker let me down as the Huskies were held scoreless in the second half against BYU. Lots of good games this week and one conference game with Stanford traveling to UCLA.

Colorado at Cal: The newest member of the Pac-12 should receive some rookie hazing as Cal looks to impose its offensive firepower at the skill positions. Look for Shane Vereen to run in the 150 yard range and the Kevin Riley to Keenan Allen connection to continue. Our special guest from The Office – Dwight Schrute, picked the score this week. Bears 34 – Buffs 23

Stanford at UCLA: The new UCLA pistol offense looked like a SuperSoaker last week and Stanford has a QB with a cannon for an arm. Andrew Luck will be facing the top secondary in the conference, but his offensive line should give him plenty of time against a young Bruin front seven. Stanford 31 – UCLA 23
Virginia at USC: Lane Kiffin has seen better tackling in Pee Wee football and he sent a message to his players this week. Look for them to come out more aggressive and wrapping up when they tackle. The NASPAQ report shows that the USC defense hit the market bottom this week and many of our analysts see it as a bull market moving forward. USC 45 – Virginia 14
North Arizona at Arizona State: The Sun Devils are on the cupcake diet and facing their second FCS team this season. Steven Threet benefited from a lot of explosive plays out of Cameron Marshall against Portland State. Look for them to have some longer drives this week. Sun Devils 34 – Lumberjacks 10

Oregon at Tennessee: Darron Thomas’ first road game with 105,000 orange clad cousins cheering against him will be a lot easier with the James and Barner in the backfield. Justin Wilcox out-schemed Chip Kelly last year when he was Boise State’s Defensive Coordinator, but the young Tennessee defense won’t have the same discipline of the Broncos. Ducks 34 – Vols 20

The Citadel at Arizona: The Citadel forced four interceptions last week against a team I’ve never heard of (Chowan), but they didn’t have to face Nick Foles. Arizona will be looking to fine tune their offense before Iowa visits next week, Foles throws for 300 yards and Criner gets another TD. The Arizona University 55 – The Citadel 7

Syracuse at Washington: Nobody needs a strong performance this week more than Jake Locker. The Huskies played much better at home last year and expect that trend to continue. Chris Polk should eclipse the 100 yard mark for the first time this season as the Huskies cruise. Dawgs 31 – Orange 20

UNLV at Utah: I loved watching this Utah team knock off Pitt last week in overtime and without tooting my horn too much, my prediction was spot on. The NASPAQ shows that Jordan Wynn stock is growing strong. Utes 41 – UNLV 17

Montana State at Washington State: The Cougars are about to get their first win of the season as Jeff Tuel throws for 300 yards in this game. Cougars 34 – Bobcats 20


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Pac-12 Week 1 Predictions

2 09 2010

USC at Hawaii: I’m expecting Hawaii to have some early success against the Trojans young secondary, but I think the mighty mighty horses will pull away in the second half. USC 38 – Big-Ass Hawaiin Dancers 17

Arizona at Toledo: Two spread offenses, one cup? Toledo needs to replace their QB from last year, Nick Foles gets hot after shaking off some rust early. Zona 41-27

UCLA at Kansas State: Bill Snyder is back to rebuild the Wildcats and I can’t get enough of these K-State fans. Daniel Thomas is going up against a rebuilt UCLA defense. K-State 24 – Baby Bears 20

Washington at BYU: Jake Locker has not won a road game since 2007, streak is over as the Huskies come out looking sharp offensively. The defense does just enough to get the win. Vegas has BYU as 3 point favorites. Dawgs 31 – Mormons 24

Washington State at Oklahoma State: The Cowboys and Cougars sounds like it would probably make a better reality television dating show than a football game. Cowboys 31 – Cougars 17

Portland State at Arizona State: The over/under for the number of unnecessary roughness penalties called on Vontaze Burfict is 1.5. Steven Threet is hoping that the third time is the charm after transferring from Georgia Tech to Michigan and finally bringing his talents to Tempe. Sun Devils 27 – Vikings 10

New Mexico at Oregon :I’m excited to see what Darron Thomas brings to the table in this game. Oregon goes for 250+ yards on the ground and superstar recruit Lache Seastrunk has a highlight on Sportscenter. New Mexico would have a better chance if they put their infamous soccer player – Elizabeth Lambert, suited up for them. Duckies 48 – Lobos 14

UC Davis at California: Is this FCS week in the Bay Area? Cal and Stanford both scheduled Sister Universities for their Saturday scrimmages, but if Cal comes out half-asleep they could get upset like Stanford did against the Aggies in 2005. Cameron Jordan gets two sacks while the more aggressive defense gets a touchdown. Bears 52 – Aggies 10

Sacramento State at Stanford: The Cardinal (worst nickname in all of sports) should roll in this one. The biggest challenge in this game will be Stanford offensive coordinator – David Shaw, determining whether they want more running or passing yards. The offensive line will plow the way for for the young guys while the passing game is pretty vanilla. Trees 52 – Bees 14

Oregon State vs. TCU: Every time I try to convince myself that Oregon State has a chance I look at my post-it that shows Oregon State has started 2-2 the the last seven seasons. Horny Frogs 31 – Beavers 27

Pittsburgh vs Utah: This is what I like to see out of our new member, big time games in the non-conference. Jordan Wynn will continue right where he left off in the Poinsettia Bowl with an efficient 275 passing yards while the Utes scrappy defense shuts down the Pitt running back Dion Lewis. Utes 28 – Panthers 24

Colorado vs Colorado State: Look for Rodney Stewart to have some success behind his veteran offensive line. Tyler Hansen has some talented wide receivers to throw to and a new weapon in the Mighigan transfer – Toney Clemens. Buffs 30 – Rams 17.

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