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Pac-10 predictions: Week 8

Went an uninspiring 1-2 last week. Season record gets chipped to 34-12.

These picks fight hard.

Thursday

Oregon 44, UCLA 17: I played this game in my head, like, 71 times, and UCLA never won. Maybe I should do it 72, but I'm going with the Ducks. Not a good thing to show up in Autzen Stadium with quarterback questions and no passing game no matter who stands behind center.

Saturday

California 28, Arizona State 27: Anyone else struggling to get a feel for this one? I would not touch this game in Vegas. Both teams have plenty of talent. The Sun Devils showed something by winning at Washington and have had an extra week to prepare. But Cal is a different team at home. And wouldn't it be just like the Bears to come out sharp? Any final number here wouldn't surprise me, including a blowout either way. By the way, I just switched the teams and kept the score and may do it again. When you're not looking.

Stanford 45, Washington State 27: The Cougars defense just isn't built to stop the Cardinal. And Jeff Tuel and company aren't going to outscore them.

Arizona 27, Washington 24: New starting Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott will do just enough in Nick Foles' stead to give his tough defense enough of a cushion to outlast Jake Locker and the Huskies. And, despite the win at USC, the Huskies typically struggle on the road. On the other hand, if the Huskies manage to pull the upset, you could probably turn the page to a new chapter in Steve Sarkisian's rebuilding project -- beating USC, Oregon State and Arizona over a four-week span would be notable.