#6 Washington 5-0 (2-0) vs. California 3-2 (0-2)
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Time: 7:45pm PDT
Location: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Radio: KOMO AM 1000
Excitement Rating: 10/10 (I will always give UW a 10/10 in the excitement rating. Actual score 6/10...). Cal has looked feisty this season but laid an egg last week against Oregon and are completely beat up on offense. I don’t see any way that Ross Bowers doesn’t throw 3+ interceptions or that Cal slows down the UW offense for more than a half. This will be a good chance for the East Coast to see a beat down by Washington on ESPN. Oh wait. It’ll start at almost 11p on the East Coast. Never mind. This will be a good chance for folks back from the bars with double vision to see side-by-side beat downs by Washington.
Washington is a 28.5 point favorite with an over/under of 52. That means the betting public expects a final score of Washington-40, Cal-12.
Other Pac-12 Games
Oregon State 1-4 (0-2) @ #14 USC 4-1 (1-1)
Time: 1:00 pm PDT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 4/10. This gets a slight boost just because it will be interesting to see how USC and Sam Darnold bounce back following their setback in Pullman. But this is literally the softest landing spot in conference play they could have. The last-ranked Pac-12 squad at home potentially missing their best player in Ryan Nall. This should be a laugher after the 1st quarter unless USC is broken both physically and mentally.
USC is a 34 point favorite with an over/under of 59. That means the betting public expects a final score of USC-47, Oregon State-13.
#11 Washington State 5-0 (2-0) vs. Oregon 4-1 (1-1)
Time: 5:00 pm PDT
Excitement Rating: 7/10. If Oregon were completely healthy then this might be a 9. But frankly I can’t see the Ducks mounting enough of an effort on defense to go along with a battered offense. Maybe Braxton Burmeister is a revelation and Royce Freeman will come back 100% healthy but if not then this one could get out of hand.
Washington State is a 2.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 60.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Washington State-32, Oregon-29.
Arizona 2-2 (0-1) @ Colorado 3-2 (0-2)
Time: 5 pm PDT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 5/10. Neither one of these teams looks to have any chance at the South division crown. The Huskies are hoping that Colorado can get off the mat and not devalue the win at Folsom Field any further.
Colorado is a 6.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 58.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Colorado-33, Arizona-26
Stanford 3-2 (2-1) @ #20 Utah 4-0 (1-0)
Time: 7:15 pm PDT
Excitement Rating: 9/10. This is my Pac-12 game of the week due to the injuries for Oregon. Utah has held teams to 87 yards per game on the ground this season and 2.7 yards per carry which rank 10th and 8th in the country respectively. Meanwhile, Bryce Love is on pace to have one of the greatest seasons of all-time and the Cardinal are 11th in the country in rushing offense at 272.8 yards per game. Strength on strength matchups are great and whoever can control the line of scrimmage when Stanford’s on offense will end up winning this game. And UW should be rooting hard for Utah to stay highly ranked when they end up in Seattle and to eliminate Stanford as a challenger for the North crown.
Stanford is a 4 point favorite and the Over/Under is 51 which means Vegas expects a score of Stanford-28, Utah-24.