#12 Washington 6-1 (3-1) vs. UCLA 4-3 (2-2)
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 12:30pm PDT
Location: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
TV: ABC or ESPN2 depending on location
Radio: KOMO AM 1000
Excitement Rating: 10/10 (I will always give UW a 10/10 in the excitement rating. Actual score 7/10...). Fresh off their bye the Huskies will look to rebound after the disappointment in the desert. UCLA is a good team to play on the rebound. This Bruins defense is absolutely putrid and their offense is banged up. Josh Rosen is still incredibly dangerous especially against a group of corners that will now be without their best two options. The excitement rating gets raised a notch just by virtue of there being a couple of highlight plays that always happen against UCLA.
Washington is a 17.5 point favorite with an over/under of 59.5. That means the betting public expects a final score of Washington-39, UCLA-21.
Other Pac-12 Games
California 4-4 (1-4) @ Colorado 4-4 (1-4)
Time: 11:00 am PDT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 2/10. Bleh. The only intrigue with this game at this point is to see which team still has a shot at a bowl game. Cal plays Oregon State at home next week so if they can pull off the minor road upset here they have a good shot at making a bowl. If Colorado wins it will likely come down to an end of season game at Utah.
Colorado is a 3.5 point favorite with an over/under of 51.5. That means the betting public expects a final score of Colorado-28, California-24.
Utah 4-3 (1-3) vs. Oregon 4-4 (1-4)
Time: 2:45 pm PDT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Excitement Rating: 2/10. Once again, the main intrigue here is bowl qualification. Tyler Huntley threw 4 picks in his last game and Braxton Burmeister is averaging 4.82 yards per attempt as a true freshman. Both teams are looking to the future at this point. Take the under. If Oregon pulls this out they still have a home game in the Civil War for a chance at a bowl game. If Utah wins then they have home games against UCLA and Colorado to qualify.
Utah is a 3.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 50 which means the betting public expects a score of Utah-27, Oregon-23.
#15 Washington State @ Arizona 5-2 (3-1)
Time: 6:30 pm PDT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 9/10. Brandon Dawkins almost single handedly murdered the Huskies last year with his legs. And yet he barely holds a candle to Khalil Tate. The electric sophomore is averaging 13.2 yards per rush and 10.2 yards per pass this season. He’ll greatly test the Cougar defense. A loss by the Cougars here eliminates them from playoff contention but they’d still control their own destiny to win the North with games against Stanford and UW still coming. Arizona is already out of playoff contention but likewise control their own destiny in the South with games still to play against USC and Arizona State. However, the Wildcats have 3 road games still left including against both the teams below.
Washington State is a 3 point favorite and the Over/Under is 64.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Washington State-34, Arizona-31
#21 USC 6-2 (4-1) @ Arizona State 4-3 (3-1)
Time: 7:45 pm PDT
Excitement Rating: 8/10. The Trojans were exposed in their matchup against Notre Dame last weekend while Arizona State showed their defensive performance against Washington may not have been a fluke in shutting down Utah. If the Sun Devils can do similarly against USC then they are for real. This game isn’t quite an elimination game for the South but it’s close. Whichever team goes 2-0 in the round robin between these schools plus Arizona will likely go to the title game and step 1 is winning this contest.
USC is a 3.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 59 which means Vegas expects a score of USC-31, Arizona State-28.