#9 Washington 8-1 (5-1) vs. Stanford 6-3 (5-2)
Date: Friday, November 10th
Time: 7:30pm PST
Location: Palo Alto, California
Radio: KOMO AM 1000
Excitement Rating: 10/10 (I will always give UW a 10/10 in the excitement rating. Actual score 7/10...). Stanford hasn’t held up to their end of the bargain in making this the most anticipated Pac-12 game of the year in the pre-season with their loss to Wazzu last Saturday. They’ve got some real issues with the inconsistency of their QB play and now missing their left tackle against UW. Bryce Love returned from injury and had his long touchdown run du jour but got nothing else done against the Cougs. The big test will be if he can do it against the Huskies. He’s tied an FBS record with 10 straight games with a 50+ yard run and the Husky defense is #1 in the country in limiting explosive plays. If the Dawgs keep Love in check then this game is over before it starts.
Washington is a 6 point favorite with an over/under of 45. That means the betting public expects a final score of Washington-26, Stanford-20.
Other Pac-12 Games- Saturday
#17 USC 8-2 (6-1) @ Colorado 5-5 (2-5)
Time: 1:00 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 4/10. Both teams have rediscovered the offense most people thought they’d have coming into the year but have struggled on defense lately. I’d be inclined to take the over were I a betting man. But while we may see some explosive plays, the only real stakes in this game are for Colorado to make bowl eligibility.
USC is a 13.5 point favorite with an over/under of 64.5. That means the betting public expects a final score of USC-39, Colorado-26.
#19 Washington State 8-2 (5-2) vs. Utah 5-4 (2-4)
Time: 2:30 pm PST
TV: Pac-12 Network
Excitement Rating: 4/10. The line on this game is surprisingly close considering the record differential which is probably a combination of recency bias from Utah’s demolition of UCLA and doubts about Washington State playing on the road. If you think the Huskies have a shot at the playoff then you’re rooting for the Cougars and the chance they are ranked in the top-15 when they arrive for the Apple Cup. If all you care about is winning the North then a Utah win combined with a Husky win over Stanford clinches the division for UW.
Washington State is a 1 point favorite and the Over/Under is 52 which means the betting public expects a score of Washington State-27, Utah-26.
Arizona State 5-4 (4-2) @ UCLA 4-5 (2-4)
Time: 6:30 pm PST
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 5/10. The craptastic Saturday slate continues with the 4th matchup of teams both above and below .500 in conference. If Josh Rosen can return from his concussion then this one gets a little more exciting. A loss by UCLA makes it almost impossible to reach a bowl game and all but seals Jim Mora’s fate. UW should be hoping for the Sun Devils to continue to win and increase the strength of that loss.
UCLA is a 2.5 point favorite and the Over/Under 67.5 is which means the betting public expects a score of UCLA-35, Arizona State-33.
Oregon State 1-8 (0-6) @ Arizona 6-3 (4-2)
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 4/10. Khalil Tate. That’s the only reason to watch this game. He might run for 500 yards.
Arizona is a 22 point favorite and the Over/Under 71.5 is which means Vegas expects a score of Arizona-47, Oregon State-25.