Kyle BonaguraEdward Aschoff 38d

Pac-12 Week 3 picks: USC-Texas highlights an intriguing slate of matchups

It's the final week of (mostly) nonconference games -- will the Pac-12 bolster its records against Power 5 opponents? Looking at you, Arizona State, Cal and USC.

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Friday

Arizona (1-1) at UTEP (0-2)

Edward Aschoff: One minute, Arizona is running up nearly 600 yards of offense and 62 points. The next, the Wildcats can't muster 17 points at home. Granted, that second game was against Houston, but Arizona's offense should get back to its Week 1 ways. Arizona 42, UTEP 20

Kyle Bonagura: The Wildcats can be proud of the way their defense played last week against Houston, but the only way they'll feel good coming out of this one is with a victory. Can they get they get the running game back on track? Arizona 27, UTEP 17

Saturday

UCLA (2-0) at Memphis (1-0)

Aschoff: I thought the Bruins would have a little bit of an emotional letdown last week, but they certainly proved me wrong. This game is a little more interesting. Defensive injuries and an early kickoff (9 a.m. UCLA time) will slow this team down some. UCLA 31, Memphis 23

Bonagura: On his next touchdown pass, Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen will match his total from last season (10), when he played in six games. So, yeah, he's off to a start that matches his billing and that should continue in a rare Pac-12 game that can be paired with coffee. UCLA 38, Memphis 28

Northern Colorado (1-0) at Colorado (2-0)

Aschoff: What's weird about Colorado is that we thought that its defense would have early struggles. But the Buffaloes have given up only six points while sputtering some on offense, and it's confusing us all. Remedy that this weekend, Buffs. Colorado 41, Northern Colorado 7

Bonagura: Dating to 2004, only three teams have gone their first three games of the season without giving up a touchdown (Florida State in 2012; Iowa in 2007 and 2008). Can Colorado become the fourth? Colorado 45, Northern Colorado 9

Oregon State (1-2) at Washington State (2-0)

Aschoff: At this point, I could probably play quarterback for the Cougars and throw for 300 yards. Mike Leach just knows offense and Oregon State just doesn't really know what it is right now. Washington State 51, Oregon State 17

Bonagura: Washington State QB Luke Falk was benched for a series against Boise State because Leach thought a sideline view would help him see how easy it should be. Watching his three career performances against Oregon State should actually have that effect: Falk is 116 for 157 (73.9 percent) for 1,293 yards with 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions against the Beavers. Washington State 45, Oregon State 24

Oregon (2-0) at Wyoming (1-1)

Aschoff: The Ducks had a bit of a scare in the second half of their 42-35 victory over Nebraska. Ironically, it was their younger defense that made the plays to keep the victory in hand. Willie Taggart is bringing the fun back to Eugene. Oregon 48, Wyoming 20

Bonagura: Josh Allen has all the NFL hype, but the best quarterback on the field in Laramie will be Justin Herbert. The test for the Ducks: play four quarter they can be happy about. Oregon 40, Wyoming 24

Arizona State (1-1) at Texas Tech (1-0)

Aschoff: Well, we know that a lot of points are going to be scored. We also know that the losing coach will feel the burn of that hot seat. Ryan Gosling -- I mean Kliff Kingsbury -- will have just a little more offense here. Texas Tech 48, Arizona State 41

Bonagura: Arizona State came into the season on a six-game losing streak and now, at 1-1, enters a stretch in which it probably will be the underdog in eight consecutive games. It's not time to panic, but it could be soon. Texas Tech 45, Arizona State 35

Texas (1-1) at USC (2-0)

Aschoff: By names alone, this one should produce Super Bowl-like hype. But these two programs are on two different spectrums right now. USC has an offense that just stomped Stanford and a defense that just pushed around the Cardinal. This one will be close early, but the Trojans pull away with a big second half. USC 38, Texas 20

Bonagura: USC is the better team, it's coming off a huge victory against Stanford and should have no trouble getting up for a sold-out game against Texas. The Trojans should reach 3-0 for the first time since 2011. USC 38, Texas 24

Fresno State (1-1) at Washington (2-0)

Aschoff: Why aren't we talking about Washington this season? The Huskies will make us wonder that once again this weekend. Washington 41, Fresno State 10

Bonagura: Jeff Tedford's return trip to Seattle as the coach of Fresno State won't be nearly as enjoyable as his stint on staff as a consultant with the Huskies last season. Washington 42, Fresno State 14

San Jose State (1-2) at Utah (2-0)

Aschoff: The Utes are still feeling themselves out, but this 2-0 start must be doing wonders for that locker room. A big win Saturday will keep that comfort level soaring.

Utah 38, San Jose State 13

Bonagura: Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley is quickly establishing himself as one of the most fun players to watch in the Pac-12. Against San Jose State, he should put on a show. Utah 42, San Jose State 10

Stanford (1-1) at San Diego State (2-0)

Aschoff: Stanford got pushed around by USC similar to the way Stanford usually pushes around others. The Cardinal take their frustration out on a pretty good San Diego State team. Stanford 35, San Diego State 14

Bonagura: Seldom in David Shaw's tenure has the Cardinal been outplayed the way they were last week against USC, but that spoke more to the quality of the Trojans. SDSU is no pushover -- the Aztecs should compete for the Mountain West title -- but Stanford should get back out track. Stanford 34, San Diego State 24

Ole Miss (2-0) at Cal (2-0)

Aschoff: What in the world? You mean I have to talk about two SEC teams in three weeks? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! Matt Luke is probably thrilled to be done with the NCAA infractions hearing, but this trip west won't be much of a vacation. Justin Wilcox gets another for the Best Coast. Cal 38, Ole Miss 35

Bonagura: Through two games, it's tough to figure what to make of Cal. It played better on the road against North Carolina than it did at home against FCS Weber State. If bowl eligibility is the goal, this is an important game for Cal. Ole Miss 38, Cal 30

2017 picks records: Bonagura 21-1, Aschoff 20-2

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