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Football: Pac-12 picks, Week 10

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:24 pm in Football.

Had a terrible week with my college football picks. After going 14-2 the previous three weeks, I missed on four of six.

Still, I had a better week than the team I cover. Much better.

Cal gets a failing grad rate report a week ago, gets crunched at Utah last Saturday, then learns star wideout Keenan Allen is injured and out for the Washington game. Probably longer. Maybe for good as a college player.

BTW, not sure how the rest of you feel, but this Friday night football deal stinks. Save Friday night for high schools. College games belong on Saturday, preferably in the afternoon, unless it’s the SEC.

There is one upside: I get Saturday off so I can watch Oregon vs. USC.

That’s a game I’d happily watch on a Friday. Or a Tuesday.

LAST WEEK: 2-4
SEASON: 46-20

Friday

– Washington at Cal, 6 p.m. (ESPN2): The Bears (3-6, 2-4), banged up physically and emotionally, and now must deal with the loss of Keenan Allen. They virtually handed Utah 35 points last week with turnovers or special teams failures. The Huskies (4-4, 2-3) are flawed, but they own wins over Stanford and Oregon State, along with a realistic shot at a bowl bid. Washington 27, Cal 24.

Saturday

– No. 15 Stanford at Colorado, noon (FX): How did the Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4) ever beat anyone? They are winless at home and have been outscored 171-37 their past three games. Stanford (6-2, 4-1) is sure to play better after struggling last week against Washington State. Stanford 40, Colorado 7.

– Washington State at Utah, noon (Pac-12 Networks): The Utes (3-5, 1-4) still have a shot at bowl eligibility and the Cougars (2-6, 0-5) are ripe to add to their momentum. Of course, I’m probably the wrong guy to ask about these two teams: I watched Cal beat WSU by 14 and lose to Utah by 22. Utah 31, Washington State 20.

– No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 USC, 4 p.m. (Fox): Stanford and Oregon State will be rooting for the Trojans (6-2, 4-2), in hopes that the Pac-12 North race opens up. USC certainly has the pedigree, but not sure anyone can slow down the Ducks (8-0, 5-0). Comparative scores are dangerous, but USC lost to Arizona and Oregon toyed with the Wildcats 49-0. Oregon 41, USC 35.

– No. 25 Arizona at No. 24 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks): Expect a lot of points. Last week, the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3) outgunned USC 39-36 and the Bruins (6-2, 3-2) overhauled Arizona State 45-43. I just don’t see 10-7 here. The Bruins are thinking they can move to the top of the Pac-12 South with a little help from Oregon. UCLA 36, Arizona 33.

– Arizona State at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2): Were the Beavers (6-1, 4-1) exposed by Washington or was it just one game on the road? ASU (5-3, 3-2) has given up 88 points in its past two games after allowing just 85 in its first seven. Still, both of these teams have significantly overachieved this season. When in doubt, the home team prevails. Oregon State 24, Arizona State 17.

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  • CalBearister

    The Cal game presents an interesting moral quandry…

    On the one hand, Sarkesian and his prostitute of a D-line coach deserve a beating in the worst way.

    On the other hand, of more importance to the Cal football program is the swift firing of the Idiot Tedford at the end of the season, which may require three more humiliating blowout losses.

    So what do I root for? Payback, or a new coach?

    Either way, I’m hoping for a blowout.

  • DaveintheHills

    the final nail is in the coffin for Tedford. The Big Game loss – Graduation Rate numbers – Utah debacle in one week will be too much to overcome.

    Not even going to mention the ridiculous coaching decision that led to Keenan Allen’s (Cal’s most accomplished receiver ever) injury.

  • Eric

    Rumor central – regardless of what happens today, Tedford announces his retirement on Monday, to take effect at the end of the season. Based on triple hearsay.

  • daredevilfan

    Eric, don’t tease us like that. Dang it.

  • Eric

    Not trying to tease – just passing along something I heard. Same source that said Tosh was being recruited by UW weeks before it was announced.

  • rollonubears

    That would be great news! And would really make tonight’s game more fun to watch.

  • Juancho

    Today 51 years ago Jeff Tedford was born into this fair world. Happy birthday to him.

    And also a happy Dia De Los Muertos to everyone who wants to partake. A Mexican tradition where we remember those family members who we have lost, in a happy and upbeat way.

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach –
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary –
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado

    Please tell me your preference so we can submit our collective resumes on Monday.

  • Juancho

    Jeff Faraudo, I agree about Friday game’s stinking. Especially this early in the evening. I’m not always done with work at 6, and I work in the North Bay.

    Plus – when I go to games I usually take a kid or two from my baseball team, and 6 makes it impossible to do this unless I convince their parents to let them miss school.

  • Steve W.

    Gosh, Juancho. I am honored, but way over my head as the HC. I was the 190-pound center on my JC team many moons ago. That’s the extent of my experience. But my first move as head coach is to open all practices going forward. That includes all media and anyone else who wants to watch.

    I am going to instill a new attitude on the team, and it goes like this: You can send a spy to watch our practices anytime you want. Hell, you can see us on film, anway. We are going to kick your ass regardless.

  • Juancho

    Good first press conference Steve W.

  • Juancho

    As recruiting coordinator my first message would be this:

    If you’re the best guy at your spot, you’re going to have a shot to play at our program. No nepotism. No need to sit on the bench learning a text book of plays for years.

    If you’re a baller, if you want to kick ass, if you want to showcase your skill – come here.

    My first tactical move would be to start relationship building with the local high school programs, and to start to develop a year-round outreach strategy where we synergize with all the top local football/community events at key schools that fit into our football strategy.

    I also “touch base” with my recruiting counterpart in the basketball and baseball programs to loop them into my vision and see how we can reinforce one another’s efforts. So that next time there’s a two-sport stud like Eddie Vanderdoes in the neighborhood he comes here.

    Oh yeah, recruits can play two sports again. No more Deseans not playing baseball. No more Shaq T can’t play baseball. No more Freddie T can’t play basketball.

  • daredevilfan

    If its alright with everyone, I’d like to put my name in the hat for Secondary coach. Since that is the position my son has played, and since my close friend/staff person is a former Chargers DB, thats a bit of a passion for me. I can provide my philsophy this evening.

    Great words from Steve and Juancho above though. Despite this being just a fun little topic/exericse for us over-passionate CAL pyschos, in all seriousness, the messages you mention above are just very pragmatic and make a ton of sense and would be such a breath of fresh air compared to what we perceive to see with our current leaders. I’m sure our perception is skewed and unfair to some extent, but I also think they can get very stagnant and close minded without being willing to admit that too.

  • Juancho

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach –
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado

  • 1brsfan

    I’d like to throw my name in the hat for special teams. I played soccer at Cal my freshman year and can recruit good solid kickers!

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach – 1brsfan
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado

  • Juancho

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach – 1brsfan
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado
    Media Relations & Brand Management –
    Strength & Conditioning -

  • Mr. B

    Zack Follett as the Media Relation & Brand Management.

    He is uber-CAL (even tho he can be heavy on the religion) and can work the twitters/youtubes/internetz with the youngsters.

    Gives him a chance to recruit and learn more about coaching, which allows him to progress into position coach (LBs) then DC and then maybe HC.

  • Juancho

    Mr. B, but he’s not eligible for our BearTalk Blog staff – he’s not on our blog.

  • wehofx

    I’d like to apply for the position of Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.

    For pt I advocate a strenuous regimen of Pint curls and Breast Press.

  • Juancho

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach – 1brsfan
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado
    Media Relations & Brand Management –
    Strength & Conditioning – Wehofx

  • Will

    Can I be rope guy? Though if there’s one guy on the staff who deserves to be retained despite Tedford’s fate, it’s Kevin Parker.

  • Juancho

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach – 1brsfan
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado
    Media Relations & Brand Management –
    Strength & Conditioning – Wehofx
    Rope Guy – Will

  • Mr. B

    Juancho,

    OK, I rescind for breaking the rules.

    When you are in San Diego (Beer Week starts Today!) you have to visit your namesake restaurant for tacos and sushi:
    http://www.juanchous.com/

  • Juancho

    Thats awesome. Mr. B youre hired as nutritionist.

    New Head Coach – Steve W
    Offensive Coordinator – Dan
    Defensive Coordinator – Eric
    Special Teams Coach – 1brsfan
    D Line –
    Linebackers –
    Secondary – Daredevilfan
    O Line –
    QBs –
    Running Backs –
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends –
    Recruiting Coordinator – Juancho
    New AD – Jeff Faurado
    Media Relations & Brand Management –
    Strength & Conditioning – Wehofx
    Rope Guy – Will
    Nutritionist – Mr. B

  • Juancho

    Our staff is going to need legal representation. Steventexas, calbearister arent you guys in that field ?

  • 1brsfan

    Guys, was just introduced to Barbour at Haas. I told her that we are filling out the staff and that included a new AD. She started packing her office.

  • Juancho

    Perfect. Our master plan is under way…

  • Mr. B

    I’m honored Juancho. Thanks.

    I volunteer myself if those other lawyers can’t fill the role. Not sure how my securities fraud practice is going to be relevant but I’m here for the team.

  • Eric

    For legal, notwithstanding the excellence of the institution, BoaltBlue shouldn’t be considered.

  • Will

    I hear MoreNCs went to law school..oh wait.. LOL