OK, last week I wasn’t on top of my game. I think I was too wrapped up in the Cal vs. UCLA game to spend enough time predicting the other winners. But fear not, today we get things back on track:
UW 17, Oregon 34: I’m a little worried that I’m under appreciating an improved Washington team in this game but my instincts tell me that Oregon is going to walk away with this one, particularly at home. I was impressed with Oregon at ASU and have yet to be truly impressed with UW.
USC 42, Notre Dame 31: Up until last Saturday at around 8 PM I was rooting for USC to go undefeated until they reached Cal on Nov. 12th. I wanted it to be Cal with the shot at breaking the streak and to have a shot at the national title game by upsetting #1. Well, that’s all over now. Plus, I’m a closet Notre Dame fan and becoming more so every year I’m Catholic particularly when they’re the one Catholic University who seems to care about maintaining Orthodoxy. But alas, USC is just too good and will control the ball on the ground. They win this one after a slow start.
OSU 17, Cal 35: I feel sorry for OSU. They’re about to get spanked in royal fashion two years in a row. The only reason I’m keeping the score as close as I am is because I’m compensating for my bias. Sans bias-correction the score is 56-7, kind of like last year. The only place to worry about Cal in this game is that they may have a little more trouble than usual running the ball. OK, so it’s only 220 on the ground this week instead of the usual 220. I think only the red fog would be worried about that.
UCLA 24, WaZoo 17: UCLA is riding high after last weeks debacle in which their suspect team managed to sneak away with a win despite being man-handled for 85% of the game. A suspect the high will wear off poorly creating a monster hangover and they’ll overlook WaZoo. Sadly, WaZoo is that bad and won’t be able to pull off the upset no matter how much I’d like to see it.
Stanford 17, UA 20: This is a tough one but my heart tells me that Stanford’s win on the frozen potato patch was more an indication of the weakness of WaZoo than the resurgence of Stanford. Arizona on the other hand is getting better every week as witnessed by hanging with USC last week. Sadly both of these teams have trouble scoring, so the team that gets their act together in the 4th quarter will win it and I think that is Arizona.
Well that’s all folks, as ASU has a bye. Tune in on Monday for updated metrics and a more confident Bear’s fan.