Washington Huskies 6-4 (3-4) @ Colorado Buffaloes 4-6 (2-5)
Date: Saturday, November 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm PT
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Radio: KOMO AM 1000 and TuneIn
Excitement Rating: 10/10 (I will always give UW a 10/10 in the excitement rating. Actual score 6/10...)
Colorado needs to win this game if it wants any chance at getting to a bowl game in the first year under head coach Mel Tucker. Even if they sprung the upset it would seem unlikely considering they travel to Salt Lake City to play Utah in the season finale. The Huskies have put up almost identical yardage numbers to Colorado for the season but the Buffs are averaging almost 9 fewer points per game. Meanwhile the Colorado defense has been extremely rough this season and is 11th in the conference. Washington laid an egg at Stanford but if they can execute anywhere close to the best of their abilities should be ok.
Washington is a 14.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 54.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Washington-34, Colorado-20.
Other Pac-12 Conference Games
Time: 12:30 pm PT
Excitement Rating: 6/10
The biggest reason to watch this game is that a home loss to UCLA might lead to the firing of Clay Helton shortly thereafter. Also, if USC wins this game they’re guaranteed to be selected higher in the bowl pecking order than Washington even if the Huskies win out.
USC is a 14 point favorite and the Over/Under is 62.5 which means the betting public expects a score of USC-38, UCLA-24.
Time: 1:00 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 3/10
The big game isn’t exactly a big game this year. California would secure a bowl game with a win despite a complete collapse after a promising start. Meanwhile, Stanford would need to both win this game and upset Notre Dame which seems incredibly unlikely. Neither team is exactly an offensive juggernaut so only watch this game if you hate offense and/or fun.
Stanford is a 3 point favorite and the Over/Under is 42 which means the betting public expects a score of Stanford-23, California-20.
Time: 4:30 pm PT
Excitement Rating: 7/10
Arizona State is in a major funk riding a 4 game losing streak but at least they’ve generally played close and exciting games. 7 of their 8 games against power conference teams were within 10 points. Of course the one exception was a game against Utah who is the closest comparison for Oregon. Hate watch this if you’re rooting against the Ducks making the playoff.
Oregon is a 14 point favorite and the Over/Under is 54.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Oregon-34, Arizona State-20.
Time: 6:00 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 8/10
Several reasons to tune into this before the start of the UW game. The winner guarantees a bowl game berth as both will be underdogs in their rivalry game season finales. Each team is much better on offense than defense which means expect a shootout. And it gives you a chance to scout before the Apple Cup although it’s not like Washington State is vastly different in style than in previous years if you haven’t been watching them all year.
Washington State is a 10.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 75 which means the betting public expects a score of Washington State-43, Colorado-32.
Time: 7:00 pm PT
Excitement Rating: 2/10
Holy crap is Arizona going to get rolled in this one. The Utes are on a mission and the Wildcats are dead team walking heading into the offseason with no idea which QB is at the controls.
Utah is a 22.5 point favorite and the Over/Under is 58.5 which means the betting public expects a score of Utah-40, Arizona-18.