Pac-12 predictions: Week 11

Kevin went 5-1 last week, adding to his lead over Ted, who went 4-2. Kevin is 52-19 for the season, while Ted is 50-21.

All games are Saturday.


Kevin Gemmell: Welcome back to bowl eligibility, Wildcats. Arizona 35, Colorado 17

Ted Miller: The only intrigue is what the Wildcats will look like with backup quarterback B.J. Denker replacing an injured Matt Scott. Arizona 30, Colorado 20


Kevin Gemmell: The schedule is finally catching up with the Sun Devils, who have dropped three straight. I expect USC to come out bitter and blazing. USC 38, Arizona State 24

Ted Miller: Both teams are wounded and will be either highly motivated or flat. The Sun Devils have been very good against the pass this season, leading the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense and ranking second in sacks. Still, the Trojans, playing at home, are the pick. USC 35, Arizona State 21


Kevin Gemmell: Wow, were we off on UCLA last week. Very impressive win for the Bruins on both sides of the ball. No reason to think the Bruins can't keep it rolling against a Washington State team that is having all sorts of problems on offense and defense. UCLA 35, Washington State 17

Ted Miller: This feels like a test of the Bruins' focus. They traditionally have not played well in Pullman, where it figures to be chilly Saturday night. But the Cougs lost their best player this week in wide receiver Marquess Wilson, and there seem to be some issues between the players and coach Mike Leach. UCLA 38, Washington State 24


Kevin Gemmell: Cal could pull off the spoiler of all spoilers. But as the warrior poet Wayne Campbell once said: "It could happen, and monkeys might fly out of ... " -- well, you know the rest. Ducks roll. Oregon 49, Cal 21

Ted Miller: Oregon's defensive line has some injury issues, but the Cal O-line has been awful -- in large part due to its own injury woes. And the Bears will be without quarterback Zach Maynard. Another Super Bowl win for Chip Kelly's crew. Oregon 45, Cal 17


Kevin Gemmell: I've gone back and forth on this one. Stanford is stronger at home, and the defense is fantastic. Oregon State actually has better numbers on the road, and likewise, the defense is fantastic. Both are starting quarterbacks who lack experience. But Cody Vaz is at least 3-0 as a starter, and that includes winning in a tough environment like BYU. Tough call here, but I'm leaning toward the Beavers because of the guys Vaz is throwing to. Oregon State 24, Stanford 21

Ted Miller: Oregon State should expect to see a lot of the defensive elements Stanford used to stymie USC, so the biggest question will be how well the Beavers' offensive line plays against a diversity of pressures. The Cardinal defense will want to force Vaz to throw a lot, but Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks could feast against the Cardinal secondary. Still, I like Stanford at home. Stanford 21, Oregon State 17


Kevin Gemmell: I love the run the Utes have gone on and I like how they are getting production in all three phases. But CenturyLink has chewed up and spit out offenses this season. I'll take a Washington team that has beaten two top-10 teams at home over a Utah squad that is 0-4 on the road. Washington 24, Utah 17

Ted Miller: The Utes need to win two of their final three games to earn bowl eligibility, and with the season finale against Colorado, that would seem to mean they need to win this game or against Arizona next weekend at home. Both teams have won two in a row, but I think the Huskies will get it done at their home away from home. Washington 24, Utah 20