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Picking the Pac - Week Two

Friday

Utah State at Utah - This is going to be a tougher contest than you might think for the Utes but if they are the team we think they are they will pull away in the second half. Vegas- Utes by 7 1/2 - JB Picks - Utah 31 Utah State 21

Saturday

Southern Utah at California - The Bears played poorly last week against Nevada. This week they should have no problem against the Big Sky's newest member. Keep an eye on Maynard's performance. Vegas- No Line - JB Picks - California 38 Southern Utah 3

Sacramento State at Colorado - You would think that this would be win number one on the season for the Buffs but not so fast...Sac State knocked off Oregon State last season. Vegas- No Line - JB Picks - Colorado 31 Sacramento State 21

Eastern Washington at Washington State - Mike Leach should get victory number one against the Eagles who almost upset UW in their opener last year. Vegas - No Line - JB Picks - Washington State 41 Eastern Washington 31

Syracuse at Southern California - USC's mascot Traveler will be doing laps around the field early and often on Saturday. Vegas- Trojans by 26 JB Picks - Southern California 44 Syracuse 17

Wisconsin at Oregon State - The Beavers opener was postponed so we really don't have a clear picture on this team yet. Wisconsin is a perennial Big Ten power that is loaded but really didn't play well last week. Vegas- Badgers by 7 - JB Picks - Wisconsin 34 Oregon State 21

Fresno State at Oregon - Believe it or not this is the biggest test of the non-conference season for the Ducks. Fresno is breaking in a new coach and shouldn't put up much of a fight against Oregon. Vegas- Ducks by 34 1/2 - John B Picks - Oregon 55 Fresno State 17

Nebraska at UCLA - The Bruins are coming off a solid road win against Rice. The Huskers had little problem taking care of Southern Miss. I think the Bruins give them a pretty good game. The Rose Bowl won't be an easy venue for the Huskers to play in. I am going to follow the Cassino's advice...don't bet on UCLA. Vegas- Huskers by 5 1/2 - JB Picks - Nebraska 31 UCLA 24

Illinois at Arizona State - ASU is favored but I think the Illini are coming off a better win against a better opponent. This game is a toss up so I will follow the Vegas lead and go with the home team. Vegas- Devils by 3 1/2 - ASU 37 Illinois 32

Arizona at Oklahoma State - I am feeling nothing but Okie State in this one. Take the Pokes with the points! Vegas- Cowboys by 9 1/2 - John B Picks - Oklahoma 41 Arizona 24

Stanford at Duke - Is the the Tree holding everything back until next week when they play USC? Duke should be a better team than SJSU so the Cards need to be on their toes because road games are never a picnic. Vegas- Tree by 15 - John B Picks - Stanford 24 Duke 17