Who's going to win? Week 9 Pac-10 picks

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

I went 2-2 last week. Durn you Bears and Cardinal! Season mark stands at 37-11.

It's the final week of October. Of course, you know that the games you remember are played in November.

USC 35, Arizona 20: Arizona is going to move the ball at times and will remain within striking distance into the fourth quarter, but the Trojans seem focused, which is never good for an opponent. The Wildcats win over California got their attention.

California 28, UCLA 20: This is a critical game for Cal because a loss would cause folks -- inside and outside the team -- to start thinking about last year's second-half collapse. Playing at home should help, though the home fans won't likely be thrilled if Nate Longshore starts at quarterback over Kevin Riley again. Guessing the Bears D carries the day.

Notre Dame 44, Washington 24: It would be nice to imagine some solace for Tyrone Willingham this season, and a victory over the team that unceremoniously dispatched him four years ago would be a nice going-away present. But it ain't going to happen. Not unless someone found him a new defense.

Oregon 30, Arizona State 27: What's this? Two Pac-10 teams winning on the road in one weekend? This one seems simple. Can the Sun Devils protect quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who was sacked nine times in last year's game? Carpenter, even if he's running for his life, will get his shots. However, the Ducks, likely using both Jeremiah Masoli (to run) and Justin Roper (to pass), will survive.