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August 29, 2008 11:08 AM

Pac-10 picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

Just wrapping up listening to Petros Papadakis on KJR-AM as I start this and all I can say is Husky fans better hope he's wrong --- he painted a pretty bleak picture for tomorrow and the season and even brought up that he thinks Jake Locker might leave after this season (for what it's worth, he is eligible, being a third-year player).

So look forward to that broadcast tomorrow night.

Anyway, on with the picks (and we'll tally them both straight-up and against the spread this year):

OKLAHOMA STATE VS. WASHINGTON STATE --- The Cowboys opened as a five-point favorite and now are at seven, and might be at eight or nine by the time kickoff arrives --- assuming the Cougars have enough players left to field a team. It's been a tough week for WSU losing four players on its depth chart for various reasons. The Cougars still have Brandon Gibson, so they should be able to move the ball at times, and the defense could be a lot better than it was a year ago. But Oklahoma State figures to have just a little too much. OSU 35, WSU 24.

USC AT VIRGINIA --- Trojans have gone from 17-points favorites to 19-and-a-half, which starts to be a lot to lay on the road, especially with USC's quarterback position still seeming like far from a sure thing. But not sure the Trojans will have to generate a lot of offense to win this one big. USC's defense figures to suffocate the Cavaliers, and may even score a few points on its own. USC 28, Virginia 3.

MICHIGAN STATE AT CAL --- The line in this one has gone down from five-and-a-half to four-and-a-half in favor of the Bears. I'd jump on giving that as I'm one who's a believer that the second-half fade for the Bears last year was something of a fluke and that Cal will be right back to being a top-shelf team this year. The Bears also always seem to start the season well. The youth at the skill spots is a concern, but Jeff Tedford really seems to think the talent is just fine to make a smooth transition there, and for now, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. CAL 31, MSU 21.

IDAHO AT ARIZONA --- Wildcats are a 28-points favorite. And that line is the only thing making this one interesting. Key will be whether Arizona's rebuild defense can hold down Idaho enough to cover that spread. In a first game, Idaho may have a surprise or two that will allow it to score a few points, just enough to cover. ARIZONA 45, IDAHO 21.

NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE --- ASU is a 33-and-a-half point favorite in this one, again the only thing that figures to make the game interesting. NAU doesn't figure to have enough to exploit ASU's biggest weakness, its offensive line, so the Sun Devils should score at will. ASU 49, NAU 10.

As always, I'll unveil my pick on the UW game later in a separate post.

WAYS TO SEE, HEAR, VIEW THE GAME --- For those who have asked about alternate ways to see the game, has all the information right here.

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