Edward AschoffKyle Bonagura 18d

Pac-12 Week 10 game picks: Khalil Tate vs. Sam Darnold looms large

The Pac-12 may be on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff (for now), but there are still 11 teams with bowl games on their mind. Here's a look at this week's games in the Conference of Parity.

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Friday

UCLA (4-4, 2-3) at Utah (4-4, 1-4)

Edward Aschoff: It’s a big “Will he? Won’t he?” when it comes to Josh Rosen. He injured a finger on his non-throwing hand and hasn’t practiced this week. However, coach Jim Mora said Rosen could play without practicing. If he plays, the Bruins win. UCLA 30, Utah 27

Kyle Bonagura: After the last two weeks, it’s hard to have much faith in the Utes, but the one consistent thing in the Pac-12 this season has been inconsistency. They’ll get the running game going and win in an upset. Utah 28, UCLA 24

Saturday

Stanford (6-2, 5-1) at Washington State (7-2, 4-2)

Aschoff: This is a tough one to predict. Stanford barely beat Oregon State last week, while Khalil Tate is still running all over Washington State’s defense. Bryce Love is a game-time decision, but even if he plays, he won’t be 100 percent. Washington State 27, Stanford 21

Bonagura: In what will be the final home game of Luke Falk’s career, he comes back from last week’s benching to throw for 350-plus against the Cardinal. Bryce Love needs to play and have a big game for Stanford to win on the Palouse. Washington State 31, Stanford 24

Oregon State (1-7, 0-5) at California (4-5, 1-5)

Aschoff: Oregon State is at least still playing tough without Gary Anderson leading them. Cal was an early feel-good story, but now the Bears are in danger of missing out on a bowl game. Gotta win this one to make it to the postseason. Cal 31, Oregon State 17

Bonagura: This is essentially a bowl playoff game for Cal, which still needs two more wins to reach the threshold. And if it can’t beat Oregon State at home, a bowl game wouldn’t be deserved. Cal 28, Oregon State 10

Colorado (5-4, 2-4) at Arizona State (4-4, 3-2)

Aschoff: Todd Graham has surprised a lot of people by getting to four wins before the month of November. Colorado has surprised a lot of people by not having much of an offense to speak of this year. Neither offense has blown us away, but the combo of Manny Wilkins and N’Keal Harry will push the Sun Devils to a fourth-quarter win. Arizona State 24, Colorado 20

Bonagura: Things finally clicked for the Buffaloes last week against Cal, while ASU failed to be competitive at home against USC. Quarterback Steven Montez will have another big game as the Buffs reach bowl eligibility. Colorado 35, ASU 31

Oregon (5-4, 2-4) at Washington (7-1, 4-1)

Aschoff: Oregon is another team hoping to get its best player back this weekend. Quarterback Justin Herbert could return from his collarbone injury, and coach Willie Taggart said he could have played last week. But even with Herbert, Washington is just too talented on both sides of the ball. Washington 34, Oregon 24

Bonagura: Maybe someday this rivalry will feature teams that are evenly matched. It won’t be Saturday. Washington 42, Oregon 21

Arizona (6-2, 4-1) at USC (7-2, 5-1)

Aschoff: In the game of the week, you have the unstoppable Khalil Tate and the possible No. 1 pick in Sam Darnold. The scoreboard is going to explode in the Coliseum when these two offenses meet. Tate is great, but USC’s defense will slow him late. USC 38, Arizona 31

Bonagura: Tate just finished one of the best months in college football history. That’s not an exaggeration. And former USC coach Steve Sarkisian wanted him on the roster as an athlete, not a quarterback. USC is more talented, but I can’t pick against Tate again. Arizona 42, USC 41

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