Football: Pac-12 picks — Week 2

The schedule toughens for the Pac-12 in Week 2, although Cal certainly hopes its game against Southern Utah is not quite the challenge that visiting Nevada proved to be.

Conference teams will face the likes of LSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Illinois on Saturday, so duplicating the league’s 8-3 record of a week ago may be difficult.

I went 9-2 in Week 1, demonstrating too much faith in Cal and Colorado. I’m picking both to win again this week and if they don’t deliver the consequences may be more dire than me simply not picking either again all season.


This week’s games:


— Utah at Utah State, 5 p.m. (ESPN2): The Utes have beaten their in-state rivals 12 straight times, including six in a row on the Aggies’ home field. Coming off a 41-0 rout of Northern Colorado, Utah may be hard-pressed to post back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1981. Utah 31, Utah State 13.


— Eastern Washington at Washington State, noon (Pac-12 Networks): The Cougars, eager to get rolling under coach Mike Leach after losing 30-6 at BYU, have some (ancient) history on their side. They are 2-0 all-time vs. EWU, winning by a combined score of 119-0 in 1907 and ’08. And they haven’t lost to a Big Sky opponent in more than 60 years. Washington State 28, Eastern Washington 3.

— Sacramento State at Colorado, noon (Pac-12 Mountain): The Hornets had their moment in the sun last season, upsetting Oregon State 29-28 in overtime. Colorado is hardly a juggernaut, but this one figures to be more like Sac State’s 52-17 loss to Stanford in 2010 or its 41-3 defeat to Cal in 2005. Colorado 30, Sacramento State 7.

— Southern Utah at Cal, noon (Pac-12 Bay Area): The Thunderbirds, playing a Pac-12 opponent for the first time, feature quarterback Brad Sorensen, a 6-foot-5 one-time BYU signee, who attracted six NFL scouts to Southern Utah’s season opener. Of course, everyone looks pretty good to the Bears in the wake of their 31-24 loss to Nevada. Expect the Bears to run the ball with more conviction this week. Cal 41, Southern Utah 13.

— USC at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m. (ABC): Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Heisman Trophy frontrunner Matt Barkley is one of his favorite targets. Sophomore Marqise Lee has caught 31 passes for 608 yards — in just his pastĀ  three games. The Orange, meanwhile, are coming off a loss to Northwestern. USC 45, Syracuse 14.

— Wisconsin at Oregon State, 1 p.m. (FX): The Beavers, making their season debut after the opener vs. Nicholls State was cancelled, will find this a bit tougher. Job 1 is stopping running back Montee Ball, who ran for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, including 118 yards in the Badgers’ 35-0 win over the Beavers. Wisconsin 29, Oregon State 13.

— Fresno State at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks): Who was really paying attention a couple weeks ago when 49ers rookie and ex-Oregon star LaMichael James said redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota would be the Ducks’ greatest quarterback ever? He may be on the short list already after directing touchdown drives on his only seven possessions in Oregon’s 57-34 win over Arkansas State. Oregon 58, Fresno State 10.

— Washington at LSU, 4 p.m. (ESPN): The Huskies brought a 300-pound live Bengal tiger to practice this week. They better bring a running game to Baton Rouge. The Tigers’ defense is too good. LSU 33, Washington 17.

— Nebraska at UCLA, 4:30 p.m. (Fox): The Bruins ran up 646 yards against Rice. Hey, it was Rice. This is Nebraska, and UCLA need to figure out how to slow down quarterback Taylor Martinez, who passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns against Southern Miss last week. Nebraska 24, UCLA 21.

— Duke at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Bay Area): These two schools played a wonderful basketball game in Oakland a few years ago, prompting Stanford alumĀ  Tiger Woods to leap from his seat when Casey Jacobsen hit the game-winner at the finish. This won’t be as wonderful. Stanford 38, Duke 13.

— Illinois at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN): Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase of the Illini is questionable with an ankle sprain he sustained in a 24-7 win over Western Michigan. ASU, coming off a 63-6 rout of Northern Arizona in coach Todd Graham’s debut, is 7-0 all-time at Tempe against teams from the Big Ten. That combination is good enough for me. Arizona State 28, Illinois 20.

— Oklahoma State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks): The Cowboys used 95 players, including 19 walk-ons, in their 84-0 win over Savannah State. This week, they actually have to play a game. Arizona rolled up 646 yards against Toledo, but still needed overtime to escape with a 24-17 win in Rich Rodriguez’s debut. Oklahoma State 38, Arizona 24.

Jeff Faraudo

  • 707 Bear

    The thrill is gone….already

    I’m a non-donor, season ticket holder and I just printed two free tickets for Saturday’s game; courtesy of the Athletic Department, section UU.


    This season gets more interesting every day.

  • Rollonubears

    Well, at least it sounds like the strategy to fill the stadium is working. A full house on the cheap is better than the alternative.

  • 707 Bear


    I agree and the AD is trying dynamic pricing and other techniques to get Memorial filled.

    Still, can’t help but think the AD projected a wee bit higher turnout for the New Memorial.

    Haven’t seen ant figures for total season tickets sold; an excellent indicator as to the depth of fan support.

  • Steve W

    This will be maybe the second or third time in the last 25 years that I won’t be watching or listening on the radio for a Cal football game. I don’t know what that means except to say I have no interest in the game. Cal is playing a truly weak sister that lost by 3o points to Utah State last week. A victory is going to feel hollow no matter how you shape it.

  • Rollonubears

    Gotta watch. This could be our rutgers of 2001.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I love this comment from a UCB state fan about this Saturday’s game.

    “This “matchup” is tantamount to the Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals. Southern Utah got clocked by national powerhouse Utah State 41-3? To think the Nevada debacle will go away from playing a glorified community college is hogwash.”

  • Dan

    Time was I would never miss a Cal home game and the chance to spend 3+ glorious hours on a late summer/fall Saturday in Strawberry Canyon. I have also traveled to a road game or two for many years. This Saturday? Not going despite free tickets. The 8-9 hours I spend in total on game day… I made what I think is a sensible decision by staying home, watching on TV and having the option of deciding what to do what to do with all the extra time.

    Playing a school like this is a joke, Jeff Tedfords inconsistent, undisciplined, unimaginative, uninspired teams and coaching make it difficult to treat these Saturdays with joy anymore. Oh I’ll be at several future games this season, but Southern Utah? Who cares?

  • SteveNTexas

    Update on USC

    Living in Texas it would have been nice to see UT and A&M go to the Pac 12 but whenever I would mention the classy schools Cal -Stanford-etc someone would always come up with the dirtiest one– and there it is again the headlines on CBS College football

  • rollonubears

    i can understand not wanting to trek out to the stadium for this game, but not even watching it on tv? that’s just crazy, imo. i jones all year for anything cal-football-related. an actual game? i don’t care who they’re playing, i get pumped. and this one might give us a chance to see some other qb’s perform, at least one, besides zm.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #8 – Steve W

    Hey Bubba

    Please read the article again and don’t miss this.

    “I don’t know if the NCAA is particularly interested in going that route [punishing USC],” Infante added. “Especially with a school that has become the poster child, for if not compliance, the effort of compliance.”

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #8 – Steve W

    Use one of these Steve to get through your day.


    And the real reason why UT and A&M don’t want to come into the Pac 12 is because of the weak sisters like UCB state and pucla.At least Stanford has a good football team to go along with its world class education. Can’t say either for UCB state.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Some NFL news…

    First, it looks like Kyle Boller ended his career the way he started it. From SF Gate article — Asked Philip Rivers about Kyle Boller. He said the former Cal QB “had a heck of a practice” his one day as a Charger before he retired last month.

    Second,Marshawn’s UCB state education won’t be mistaken for one from Stanford. Here is a story from the Seattle Times – http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawksblog/2019082134_marshawnlynchspeakswealllistenwhatchoosaybruh.html

    What Marshawn said:Whatchoosay, bruh?

    What Marshawn meant:Could you please repeat the question, kind sir?

    What Marshawn said: We wasn’t talking about that

    What Marshawn meant: Good sir, feel free to start a new line of inquiry


  • wehofx

    JF, good start.

    C’mon, I get why you’re p.o.’d at jt and cp but not watch on tv? It’s fun to watch some of the young guys emerge. I’m hoping bigelow(sp) gets his shot and delivers. (I know putting up numbers in meaningless against a team like su vs osu but still fun to watch.)

    I’m also tuning in to monitor my current pet peeve, ZM’s leadership on the sideline – or lack of.

    Go Bears!

  • SteveNTexas

    Moren I actually talked to one of the UT Attorneys- and once again you’re making up facts as well as posting articles older than your parents.
    The UT respected Cal and Stanford but thought the next five or six Pac 12 schools were no better than the Big 12. Umm USC was not among them.

    This is current scandal …

  • BlueNGold


    Who ever said that moron was honest or truthful? Other than moron, of course…

  • LA really needs a legal professional football team. With $c the only show in town (sorry fucla), all kinds of mischief is sure to occur, allegedly.

  • BlueNGold

    And now some REAL NFL news-

    The so-called ‘Bounty Four’ the current and former Saints players including Scott Fujita who were suspended for the season by the NFL, have been reinstated after an appeals panel ruled that they were wrongly suspended.

    Perhaps we should start a pool to predict when moron will issue an apology to Fujita for all the lies and fabrications it made up and posted here about him? Just a thought…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #14 – Bubba in Texas

    I was simply replying to the article YOU posted.You know the one you didn’t read carefully.

    UT would never join the Pac 12 because they have their own TV network – the same thing USC should do.

  • BlueNGold

    usc should start its own conference too. Lets call it the Conference of Sleazy Cheaters.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #19 BnG

    Wow did you think that one up yourself? So original….

    Now click your heels together three times and now repeat after me

    Isaac Curtis
    Prof Saragoza
    Todd Boseman
    Jelani Gardiner

  • Dan

    Whatever happened to not feeding the troll? I ignore the troll, why is so hard for some of you to do the same?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #21 – Dan

    To answer your question, it is because the depth of their football knowledge is so pathetic. They have absolutely no aptitude or ability to get beyond “Fire Tedford” and “Our QB sucks” to anything more meaningful. I go back to my original plea. Let’s talk football. Stop feeding the troll(S).