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Jason A.W.’s Pac-12 Week 10 Predictions

Overall: [42-23] Last week: [3-3]

Washington 14 – California 22: I predict a low scoring game. Hopefully can get revenge for To$h as well as the bowl streak ending two years ago. A big win on the national spotlight on Friday night might bring second life into the program.

Stanford 28 – Colorado 17: Stanford is going to be begin musical chairs but should take care of the Buffs.

Washington State 14 – Utah 34: I think Utah is a team to watch down the stretch in the Pac-12.

Oregon 35 – USC 26: Been looking forward to this game for a while. The shine has been wiped off a bit because of USC’s two losses but this should be entertaining none the less.

Arizona 23 – UCLA 48: UCLA win for the California is starting to look more and more like a blip on both sides.

Arizona State 17 – Oregon Sate 24: Corvallis is a tough place to play. Just ask USC or Cal.


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Jason A. W.’s Pac-12 Week 9 Weekly Predictions

Overall: [39-20] Last week: [3-2]

Colorado 20 – Oregon 42: Probably another win by halftime for Oregon with lots of experience time for their 2nd and 3rd stringers

UCLA 32 – Arizona St. 45: Would love to pick the “upset” here but I can see the Bruins just toil towards the end of the season.

USC 38 – Arizona 24: Arizona plays USC pretty tough usually but the Trojans probably have too much on offense.

Washington St. 24 – Stanford 42: Stanford probably has too much talent inside to run the ball, and Jeff Tuel passing 50 times isn’t going to beat Stanford.

California 22 – Utah 23: If Aaron Rodgers couldn’t win here, I have a hard time believing Zach Maynard will be able to.

 Oregon St. 33 – Washington 30: Reverse score of a fun game between these two programs 12 years ago with BCS implications on both sides.

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Jason A. W’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 8

Overall: [36-16] Last week: [3-3]

Bad week for me last week. Stupid refs screwed Stanford over and now I’m officially a buyer on Oregon State.

Oregon 45 – Arizona St. 34: Remember the last time Oregon went into the state of Arizona with a #2 ranking? Ouch. Yes that was the game where Dennis Dixon pulled his ankle and Oregon which was rolling at the time, lost their chance at a BCS shot. O yea, Cal was the only team to beat Oregon with a healthy Dixon that year.

Stanford 28 – California 34: Does this score look familiar? JT, go for a touchdown this time instead of a field goal down 3 8 yards away from the end zone!

Colorado 15 – USC 48: One of these games Matt Barkley is due to explode. I have a feeling it will be this one.

Washington 34– Arizona 23: Going with the upset here. I believe Washington’s defense will be able to stop Matt Scott and the spread option for a win down in the desert.

Utah 32 – Oregon St. 35: I expect the Beavers to squeak out a victory here. Pretty exiting end to an OSU-Utah game right here in 2008 where Oregon State actually played the Beavers tougher than Alabama that season.

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Cal Answers Call Against Wazzou

Kennan Allen takes the ball on a screen play

Cal fans can rejoice! It looks as if there’s one team Jeff Tedford can still beat. Since 2005, Cal has beaten Washington State every single year. Of course, the Cougars haven’t gone to a bowl game since 2003 (in which they beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl, something we couldn’t do) so I’m not sure if that’s something to be proud about. However, at the end of the day, it still counts as one important win in conference and it leaves us only 3 wins away from being bowl eligible! After 2010, Cal fans have learned now to take going to a bowl, even if it’s a Nut Bowl, for granted.
Overall, the Bears did pretty well on both sides of the ball. Getting revenge on Mike Leach is always sweet (after his quirky play-calling beat us in the 2004 Holiday Bowl). On offense it was a lot of ZM->KA (I guess we plan on riding KA21’s legs all the way through as we are on his last stretch of time as a Golden Bear). Personally, I would like to see more balance on offense. I’m glad to see we are using a 3-headed running game, but the passing game seems to go too horizontal at times instead of vertical. I understand Maynard’s limitations with his arm, but it would be awesome to get the TE game going and to see Bryce Treggs or Chris Harper with the ball in their hands in space.
Defense wise, Cal did a great job shutting down Jeff Tuel. Granted we knocked out Marquess Wilson, but Leach is a great schematic planner and Clancy did a great job preparing for this spread offense attack. We will be seeing more of it later against the Huskies and the Ducks. We had great penetration and pressure from the front 7, and our secondary is much improved lead by Avery Sebastian and Kam Jackson after the Ohio State debacle. Cal will get a difference test this next week as the Bears prep for the Big Game against Stanford and prepare for ground and pound. O yea, by the way, Taylor was definitely in the end-zone against Notre Dame. I know you shouldn’t put yourself in that kind of ambiguous situation on the road, but the Trees definitely got robbed.

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Jason A. W.’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 7

Overall: [33-15] Last week: [5-0]

2 big OOC games against Independents this week. Cal hopes to build on its momentum after the UCLA win.

Arizona St. 32 Colorado 21: Sun Devils have been playing well since the loss to Mizzou

Utah 31 – UCLA 21: I think Star and the D-Line will be able to stop the Bruin rushing attack.

Stanford 24 – Notre Dame 20: With Ty Montgomery out, Stanford will lose one of its weapons on the outside. But I expect great play from the Cardinal front 7. It would be nice if the Pac-12 can beat Notre Dame twice this year.

Oregon St 12 – BYU 21: BYU won in Corvallis last year and I expect them to do the same this year. Oregon State’s defense will need to come up HUGE (think Wisconsin) if they want an upset.

USC 35 – Washington 17: I’m sure the Trojans don’t need to be reminded what happened last time they went up to Seattle. Of course some guy named Barkley didn’t play.

California 45 – Washington St. 30: If Cal can’t keep the dominance over Wazzu (remember we let our foot off ASU), then I don’t know who we can claim to own anymore.

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Cal vs. UCLA: Where’s the Beef?

Big Brother vs. Little Brother?

I always wondered why this “rivalry” seemed so toned down. For the last 8 years, it seems as they have come 3rd and 4th fiddle when it comes to hostility from Cal fans. I know Oregon took off after they got good and we fought with them to be USC’s bride’s maid in the late 2000s. Then of course there is up trying to shoot the moon and get over the USC hump. Now there’s the Washington issue after they ended our bowl streak and started To$hgate. Then there’s also the big game and natural Bay Area matchup with Leroy Junior College. I know potentially see them as our “little brother” but academically and population wise they are probably closer to us than most flagship universities and their satellite colleges. (Props to our UC system here).

UCLA though just felt like a more natural rivalry to me though than Stanford. We both are public schools and share the same colors (sort of) and Sons of Westwood is a rip off of our fight song. Academically, we are closer to their rankings in the nation’s eyes than the Stanford (based off the East Coast biased US News rankings at least). Of course Bruin fans have this to lean on but I sort of believed that had more to do with popularity and the fact more people see UCLA as being “attainable” than Cal. We can probably say the one thing UCLA and Berkeley students have in common was we got into UCLA. That’s a Stanford joke by the way on us. On the field, we’ve gone back and forth in home games since 1998 (outside of 2009). I understand they have 100+ college championships while we’re still somewhere between 20 and 30 so we have a ton of catchup to do there.

Overall, I would like to see more spice in this rivalry. Worse comes to worse though, we can both probably agree to hate on schools in red.

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Jason A.W.’s Pac-12 Predictions: Week 6

Overall: [28-15] Last week: [2-3]
All conference games left except for a couple of games against Notre Dame and one more against BYU.

USC 31 – Utah 21: This was penciled in as the trap game in the game for the USC. If USC hadn’t lost I would be tempted to pick the upset, but I believe there’s more urgency for the Trojans now.

Arizona 17  – Stanford 23: Stanford bounces back against Arizona. Look for the running game to get back on track.

Washington St. 17 – Oregon St. 24: Oregon State is in the top 25 and will look to improve its ranking with a win against the Cougs.

UCLA 31 – California 35: UCLA hasn’t won in Berkeley since 1998 believe it or not. Outside of 2009, this has been a series dominated by the home team. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Washington 17  – Oregon 55: Oregon probably still holds grudges for Toshgate so expect to see the score run up a little.