Pac-12 is looking a very daunting bowl season this year, being dogs in 6/7 games. USC not playing, 2 BCS bowl teams bumps everyone up and coinciding with a bunch of bowl tie-ins with a strong Big-12, puts the conference in a tough spot. However a 3/7 bowl season with a BCS win or preferably a 4/7 season with 2 BCS wins would propel the conference immensely into its sophomore season.
Arizona State 24 Boise State 42 – ASU’s best player is a linebacker who can’t keep his head on straight. Boise’s best player is a quarterback who always seems to rise to the occasion. Advantage Broncos.
California 26 Texas 21 – I believe Giorgio will kick the Bears to a victory in a game where special teams plays a key role with two inconsistent offenses.
Washington 34 Baylor 45 – The “other” Bears put up more points in a shootout where RG3 cements himself as the second QB taken in the draft after Matt Barkley’s announcement that he’s coming back for a senior season.
Utah 23 Georgia Tech 17 – I have strong faith in Kyle Whittingham’s ability to coach these big games (sans Boise State last year) and Norm Chow’s ability to draw up schematic plays to move the football in a conservative offense relying heavily on John White IV. With ample preparation, the Utes should have strong clamps on Paul Johnson’s triple option attack.
UCLA 30 Illinois 27 – The Bruins continue their tradition of jumping the wall on Tuesday and will lose 3 seniors due to academic ineligibility but I believe the baby bears somehow pull this off in the Bay.
Oregon 24 Wisconsin 30 – I have been burned by Oregon too many times. Boise State, Stanford, Ohio State, Auburn, and LSU have all been able to stop the Ducks with ample preparation time. The Ducks need this game for validation much like Ohio State did in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Stanford 38 Oklahoma State 30 – Hard to bet on the best player in the game. In addition I think the difference will be the run game of Stanford with two future 1st round prospects on the OLine, bashing Stepfan Taylor down the Poke’s run defense ranked 110+ in the country.
A bit optimistic on my picks. It would be nice if Oregon can get over the hump.