Football: Pac-12 picks, Week 7

The Pac-12 Conference gets two more chances to impress the college football world, but Stanford and Oregon State both must make their case on the road. Won’t be easy.

Oregon and Arizona get the week off, which means a couple scoreboards can breathe easier.

There will be no exhaling for Cal, which heads to balmy Pullman, Wash. (forecast is rain showers and temperatures in the upper 30s) to face Mike Leach and his “zombies.”

A victory for the Bears gives them a tangible reason to get excited about the Big Game that has been judged so important that the traditional bonfire event has been pushed from the Greek Theater by rock ‘n roll zombie Bob Dylan.

SEASON: 34-15


— Arizona State at Colorado, 6 p.m. (ESPN): The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0), the only remaining Pac-12 South team unbeaten in conference, cannot afford to be looking ahead to Oregon next week. The Buffaloes (1-4, 1-1) are winless in three tries vs. ASU, losing 48-14 last season. Arizona State 31, Colorado 14.


— Utah at UCLA, noon (Fox): The Utes (2-3, 0-2) were supposed to have one of the league’s better defenses, but they’ve allowed 75 points in two Pac-12 games. More to come here from the Bruins (4-2, 1-2), smarting after their embarrassing showing at Cal. UCLA 28, Utah 10.

— No. 10 Oregon State at BYU, 12:30 p.m. (ABC): This one falls on the defense for the Beavers (4-0), who will play without injured quarterback Sean Mannion. OSU is allowing just 17 points per game, but BYU (4-2) is unbeaten at home and has surrendered no more than than seven points in four of its six games. BYU 20, Oregon State 13.

— No. 17 Stanford at No. 7 Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m. (NBC): The Cardinal (4-1) will find the Fighting Irish (5-0) play substantially better defense than Arizona, which lost 54-48 at Stanford last weekend. Stanford has won three straight in the series, but this is the best Notre Dame team in some time. Notre Dame 27, Stanford 21.

— No. 11 USC at Washington, 4 p.m. (Fox): The Huskies (3-2, 1-1) shut down Stanford but allowed Oregon 52 points. The Trojans (4-1, 2-1) will look more like the Ducks than the Cardinal in this one. USC 40, Washington 20.

— Cal at Washington State, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks): The Bears (2-4, 1-2) have won seven straight in this series and beat the WSU 30-7 last year. The Cougars (2-4, 0-3) have so impressed coach Mike Leach that he compared his seniors to “zombies” and “empty corpses.” Cal 28, Washington State 17.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ThisisCal

    A poll for everyone: What record does Jeff Tedford have to have at season’s end to keep his job? 6-6 and a bowl game?

  • Eric

    At the start of the season, I thought 7-5 was realistic and, while not personally acceptable to me, enough that it would be very difficult for the AD to fire him. So 6-6 is not good enough (and, indeed, not even 8 wins should be enough to continue seeing him coach his form of mediocrity). But, by losing to Nevada and ASU, Tedford has so lowered the bar on expectations that 6-6 would be considered “ok” and he won’t be fired.

  • DaveintheHills

    a 6-6 record would require lots of wins, including an upset or two, during the second half of the season. That would be spun into the program having ‘momentum’ and Tedford would stay.

    In order for me to feel comfortable that he gets fired, Cal can have no more than 4 wins. I strongly feel that Tedford needs go, and I love my Bears. I’m very conflicted watching them.

  • BlueNGold

    I predict a big upset with UW beating the sleazy cheaters 35-34. You read it here first.

  • milo

    If Cal can beat WSU, Stanfurd and one other decent team (UW,UO,OSU) I think Tedford is safe at 5-7, but 6-6 seems like the sure thing. Actually I doubt JT is dumped unless the rest of the season is really ugly.

  • wehofx

    If we get to 6-6 and a win over furd or phil knight u, jt stays. I know this puts me in the kool aide minority but IF he can get us to 6-6, he deserves another year. But that is going to be one mofo tough row to hoe.

    5-7 even with a win over furd or phil knight u, means a bad loss to utes, wsu or osu – without mannion. I find it hard to believe sb can keep jt with 5-7 record.

  • 1brsfan

    He needs AT LEAST 6 wins to stay put. It’s doable by beating WSU an Utah (teams they should beat) and beating UW and Stanfurd. I see losses against the Oregon schools as Mannion will be back by then (out 2 weeks).

  • bigdruid

    Yes, he stays with 6-6 since that means a win over uo/OSU/stanford, which gives him 2 wins over top-25 teams this season, which makes up for the bad loss to Nevada.

    Kind of a moot point right now though – there is still a loooooooong road to get there.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Let’s see how the Bears do in the Palouse before making any end of season predictions. I think the game on a undoubtedly freezing Saturday night in Eastern WA will go a long way in determining the ACTUAL character of this team. It is one thing to get fired up and deliver a beatdown to a rival at home in front of a homecoming crowd. It is quite another to play with the same intensity on the road in a refrigerator against a bad team…does Cal have a Hunter Pence to deliver the pregame “chat”? Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Look for Leach to do a repeat from the 2004 Holiday Bowl. I guarantee you that DL of yours will not put the same pressure on the WSU QB as they did against the pathetic pucla line.

    Leach will stack the box with 8 to stop the run and force Maynard to beat them with his golden left arm.

    WSU will strike fast, Tedford will abandon the run and the outcome of the game will fall on Maynard. He won’t disappoint.

    WSU will pass over 50 times this game. Wilson will have his best game of the year and more than a few times he will kill you guys on 3rd down plays.

    Look for the refs to also play a part in the outcome of this game but as usual it will be the heartless play of your team and coaching blunders which will leave you at the bottom of the Pac 12 North.

  • daredevilfan

    I think he might be able to stay at 5-7 given that our AD calls him an “icon”. I think at 4 wins this is officially a meltdown and she would find a way to “spin” the story such that the icon is retiring or at a minimum, grooming his replacement for a year or two (at hopefully a negotiated reduced salary)

  • Easy Ed

    Go Bears! Cheeto Kid, get a life!

  • BlueNGold

    You better hope that your prediction is absolutely dead right. Otherwise, you are going to take on the appearance of a major horse’s patooey.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #4 – BlueNGold Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    I predict a big upset with UW beating the sleazy cheaters 35-34. You read it here first.

    And if you are wrong I assume you are out of here?

  • Dan

    Moron- it cracks me up that put up these long posts here. Do you think many actually even bother to read your lame, redundant, hypocritical posts? You’re like a broken record, nothing new or isnsightful to add.

    I do like the Cheeto kid nickname. It is fitting.

    Reminds me of a great story about you-

    Moron goes to the doctor complaining of a bright orange, um, personal part(s). The doctor is amazed, having never seen anything like it. Doc asks the Moron to describe his typical day. Moron says “well .. I lay around my basement all day naked, posting on Cal blogs. And I love it!”

    Way to go Cheeto Pat!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    USC – 24
    UW -7

    UW offensive line is as bad as yours.

    The only kid playing well on UW is that Thompson kid playing safety