ASU (5-2) at WSU (4-4) 7:30pm Thursday
The Sun Devils have only played two games away from home. One, a true road game at Stanford, two, a “neutral site” game against Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium. Both have been losses. Thing is, both of those opponents are also better than the Cougars. Halliday will likely throw for lots of yards and a few touchdowns, but ASU will notch road win number one.
ASU 35, WSU 24
USC (5-3) at Oregon State (6-2) 6:00pm Friday
It’s a storyline that has been beaten to death this week: the Trojans lose in Corvallis. That has been true even when USC possessed vastly more talent, a better record, and a higher ranking. This time the Beavers are solidly favored at home. Coming off of a draining 20-12 loss to Stanford, Coach Riley’s team will not let a home game slip away to a USC team that is headed up by an interim coach and ravaged by injury.
OSU 31, USC 21
Arizona (5-2) at Cal (1-7) 12:30pm Saturday
If the Wildcats want to be taken seriously in the Pac-12 South behind ASU and UCLA, they certainly cannot lose to Cal. Even on the road, Coach Dykes’ team has been far too horrible defensively for even a close game to be acceptable. Look for Ka’Deem Carey to flirt with outdoing Bishop Sankey’s massive rushing performance against the Golden Bears last Saturday.
Arizona 41, Cal 20
Colorado (3-4) at #20 UCLA (5-2) 4:30pm Saturday
Not yet, Colorado. Perhaps in a few years I will pick you to upset a top-20 team on the road. For now you will likely be thumped on the head by a UCLA team that is fresh off of a deflating late-game collapse against Oregon.
UCLA 45, Colorado 14