What to Watch This Weekend

The Pac-12 Conference features a full-slate of league games this weekend, with two monster match-ups featuring three undefeated teams, and a traditional power.  Undefeated UCLA travels to Tempe to play undefeated Arizona State Thursday evening and Saturday’s top game features Stanford at Washington.   Here is a look at the top games of the weekend.

No.11 UCLA  (3-0) AT No.15 ARIZONA STATE (3-0)   With injuries to both starting quarterbacks, this game has lost some of its firepower. Taylor Kelly is out for the Sun Devils, while Brett Hundley will be a game time decision for the Sons of Westwood. The last three games in this series have been decided by eight points and the better defense will likely decide this game.  I think the Bruins have the better defense and could see Hundley make an appearance on offense. BRUINS BLACK OUT THE SUN 23-20

No.16 STANFORD (2-1) AT WASHINGTON (4-0)  This will be a huge test for new head coach Chris Petersen and his baptism into the Pac-12 Conference.  Stanford will roll into Husky stadium with the number one ranked defense in the nation, allowing only 4.3 points per game!  Even though the Huskies have started 4-0, they have struggled in each game, and have been fortunate to find way to pull out victories.  I like the experience factor that Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan brings to this encounter.  I think a victory goes to the team with the better quarterback and better defense.  STANFORD SPOILS PETERSEN’S PAC-12 DEBUT, CARDINAL 31, HUSKIES 24

CINCINNATI (2-0) AT No.22 OHIO STATE (2-1)  This is the first meeting between the schools since 2006.  Many Bearcat followers feel that they have a great shot to beat the Buckeyes. I’m inclined to agree but will they get it done? Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel has been excellent in his first two starts, throwing for 10 TDs with only two interceptions. Buckeye quarterback J. T. Barrett has had ball control issues, tossing five picks.  Kiel has yet to play a game on the road and he draws one of the toughest places to play in the nation. Quarterbacks making there first-ever road starts tend to struggle and I think that is what happens here.  BUCKEYES RULE THE STATE, FEND OFF BEARCATS 39-30

MISSOURI (3-1) AT No.13 SOUTH CAROLINA (3-1)  The Tigers will be playing this game seeking revenge from last years 27-24 overtime loss.   They’ll travel to the other Columbia following a stunning home loss to Indiana last weekend. Gary Pinkel’s club also suffered a couple of big injuries on the offensive line, forcing a shuffle along the front.  This game is huge for Steve Spurrier’s bunch if they are to stay in contention for the East Division title.  The Gamecocks seem to have righted the ship after an opening-week home loss to Texas A&M.   COCKY PECKS OUT A V, CAROLINA 33, MIZZOU 21

UPSET EXPRESS……WASHINGTON STATE (1-3) at UTAH (3-0) Offensively both teams are eerily similar. Great passing attacks and mediocre rushing attacks.  The Utes are coming off an emotional win at Michigan, and have a road-trip to UCLA on deck.The Cougars are better than their 1-3 record.  A look inside the numbers shows us they have out-gained their opponents in three of four games. Last week’s game against the high-flying Oregon Ducks was the first time the Cougars had been out gained this season, 501 yards to 499.  Head coach Mike Leach has been addressing issues on defense, and Connor Halliday will out-gun Travis Wilson!  EXPERIENCED COUGARS HAVE THEIR WAY WITH
UTES, 55-48

QUICK PICK-SIX SPECIAL  SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS

  • MARYLAND AT INDIANA – Offense shells Terps, IU-D proves effective,  Indiana 33-30
  • MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN – The Little Brown Jug stays home, Michigan 35-24
  • NORTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON – Defense on Heels allowing 42-PPG, Clemson 42-21
  • DUKE AT MIAMI (FL) – Hurricanes ignore records, blow Blue Devils, Miami 29-24
  • OREGON STATE AT USC – Trojans lick their wounds and Beavers, USC 28-21

Season records (picking the winner)

  • WHAT I’M WATCHING 13-4
  • PICK-SIX SPECIALS 1-2
  • UPSET EXPRESS 4-0

 

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