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Picking the Pac - The Openers

USC at Hawaii 

The first game of the Lane Kiffin Era kicks off in the islands. The Trojans shouldn't have much of a problem with the Warriors but the zebras have been known to keep the home team in the game over in Honolulu. The Trojans are way down in depth but I think their remaining 65 can beat anyone in the WAC's 85. USC by 21

Arizona at Toledo

What is Arizona doing playing a MAC opponent on the road? I didn't bother to check but it must be one of those 2-1 type of things. Arizona on paper should have no problem with the Rockets but this game is a set up for one of those early season MAC upsets. That being said I can't imagine the Wildcats losing this game. Arizona by 14

UCLA at Kansas State

The Bruins had no problem with K-State last season but the odds makers are favoring the Wildcats this season. UCLA's offensive line is a mess, the QB is banged up ,and the game is on the road so advantage K-State. Neuheisel has a way of winning these type of games. UCLA by 3

Washington State at Oklahoma State

The Cowboys are rebuilding after going 9-4 last season. The Cougars are rebuilding after going 1-11. This game will tell us a lot about where the Cougars are headed this season. If they can keep it close it means Wulff is making progress. It would be nice to watch a WSU game that isn't over by the end of the first quarter. If they can accomplish that it means they are tracking upwards. OSU by 17

Oregon State vs. TCU

The Beavers play a neutral site game against one of the nations best non BCS programs. Oregon State is one of the favorites to win the Pac 10 and they are a 13 1/2 point underdog? I guess breaking in a new QB on the road and a history of slow starts is fueling the betting line. I think it will be a lot closer than 13 points with the nod going to TCU because they are basically playing at home. TCU by 3

Portland State at Arizona State

Sun Devils host Portland State in former Husky Nigel Burton's head-coaching debut. ASU likes to schedule a couple of FCS games a year and this is one of them. Steve Threet will start but expect Brock Osweiller to get plenty of reps. ASU by 28

UC Davis at California

This one shouldn't be close but scribes in the Bay Area are saying that this game will be a lot tougher than it looks. Maybe it is because UC Davis beat Stanford a few years ago in the pre Harbaugh days. Cal by 21

New Mexico at Oregon

This one should be over at the end of the first quarter despite the fact that Oregon has a new QB and LaMichael James will be sitting out as a penalty for getting into a strangling session this spring with one of his women. Despite the off season problems the Ducks have enough talent on the roster to win the conference. Oregon by 30

Sacramento State at Stanford

Andrew Luck will be lucky to play two quarters in this mismatch. It will be interesting to see how much of a game that Sac State can make out of it so the Cardinal regulars can get a good work out. Stanford by 30

Washington at BYU

All the hype generated leading up to this season meets the moment of truth in Provo, Utah. Can Washington win on the road? Will this game be the lift off that Jake Locker needs to kick off a legitimate Heisman campaign? The odds makers favor BYU by three which means they think it is a tossup and they are throwing a FG BYU's way because they are at home. I think it will be a close game but BYU will have a hard time keeping UW under 30 points and they will have hard time scoring 20. UW by 12