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
– 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.
– 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.