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Predicting the Pac - Week Two

Stanford at Wake Forest

This game looked like a challenge for Stanford before the season started but Wake is coming off an opening loss to Baylor which to their credit is greatly improved this season. It is a road game on the other side of the country and the line is set 2 1/2  in Wake's favor. Stanford will be starting two redshirt offensive tackles because of injuries to starters. Traveling 3000 miles to play a game is never easy.

Wake by 3

UCLA at Tennesee

The SDSU game last week was much closer than the score made it appear. It was a sloppy win for the Bruins. Tennessee started the Kiffin era with an impressive win and they should get win number two this coming weekend. The holes UCLA has on offense will be exposed by the Volunteer defense. Multiple turnovers are going to kill the Bruins.

Tennessee by 14

Eastern Washington at California

Why schedule games like this? It doesn't really help either program get better. Eastern gets beat up and Cal would be better off scrimmaging against their third team. At least the Eagles get a nice paycheck.

California by 42

USC at Ohio State

The Trojans duck nobody and OSU is a somebody. I watched both teams last weekend and came away with the impression that it would be a long day for tOSU. The line is at 7 right now. The USC defense is just stifling this year. On offense they have a great offensive line which should give Barkley all the time he needs to hand it off to his stable of running backs.

USC by 17

Hawaii at WSU

This isn't the same Hawaii team that went to the Sugar Bowl. WSU has a chance to win this one at QWEST and they better because after the way they played against Stanford it doesn't look like there are too many wins for this program on the horizon. I have to take the Coug's because the Warriors struggled with a lower division opponent last week.

WSU by 3

Purdue at Oregon

We all want Purdue to win this game and the Boilermakers are sporting an offense that can put some serious points on the board. The Purdue defense on the other hand gave up way too many yards and points to Toledo last weekend. Even though the Ducks are having problems they should be able to win this game even though they won't cover the spread. This one opened pretty high but the line has been dropping steadily as people load up pn Purdue. If Oregon manages to lose this one they are on free fall alert because the schedule tightens up in coming weeks.

Oregon by 7

Northern Arizona at Arizona

The Wildcats should have no problem picking up win number two over an in state Big Sky foe. No line on this one. The Wildcat offense needs to step it up this week and show what they can do in anticipation of bigger games down the road.

Arizona by 21

Oregon State at UNLV

The Beavers travel to Vegas to try to beat on UNLV. It is a big step up from last week on the competition scale and it is a road game. The Rebels beat Sac State 38-3 so it is pretty hard gauge where they are after playing basically an exhibition game. The line is set at 7 so the oddsmakers like the Reb's chances at home to a certain degree. I think the Rodgers brothers will be too much for UNLV to handle.

OSU by 10

Arizona State has a bye

I guess after you play a juggernaught like Idaho State you need a week off to get ready for another tough one against Louisiana-Monroe.

Idaho at Washington

The Huskies are a 21 point favorite over Idaho and I think it is safe to say they will cover. The Vandals don't match up well with Washington. Washington should shut down their running game and force them into mistakes when they have to pass. Offensively the Huskies should be able to carve them up using a balanced attack in the first half and rest their starters for the majority of the second half. UW needs to start scoring 7's in the red zone this week. Washington needs to avoid the risk of taking the Vandals lightly. They have some weapons and can hang in there if you let them.

Washington by 28