Oregon Goes National
As Beavers Go South
By Fred Delkin
The nation watches Oregon Duck creative football this week, while Oregon State
attempts to stage a recovery versus an equally downtrodden foe. Oregon hosts California
within the noise cauldron called Autzen, while the winless Beavers host a suffering Arizona.
Last week Pigskin went 5-1, with WSU's lowly Cougars exceeding our expectations at Colorado.
CALIFORNIA at OREGON the Ducks seek payback for the Bears' near-wrecking of the 2010
UO title run in a 15-13 struggle in Berkley. The rematch will go the Webfoots' way, as a
retooled offensive line has now grasped the blocking to make the offense unstoppable. The UO
defense yields yardage at a scary rate, but comes up big when the Red Zone is reached. A
natioinal TV audience will come away from the match talking about Duck domination of both
rushing and passing. OREGON by 14.
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE look at this as a QB contest and the visitors will have their
way, led by Nick Foles, who will delight NFL fans in 2012. The Beavers' freshman signal caller
Sean Mannion will benefit from a weak Wildcat defense, but not enough to offset a visiting
bunch desperate for a victory and leaving their hosts still winless. ARIZONA by 3.
ARIZONA STATE at UTAH ol' Dennis Erickson seems to have crafted a contender, while the
Utes have injury-caused offensive challenges. The Sun Devils own a pair of game changers in
6'8" QB Brock Osweiler and the fearsome linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Now, if the Devils can
lessen their penchant for penalties, they should post another win. ARIZONA STATE by 3
WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA can the Cougars add to lil' Ricky Neuheisel's amassing
reasons for the Bruins to tie a can to his tail? WSU has yet to whip a quality foe this season, and
we think UCLA has enough to survive within the historic Rose Bowl confines, UCLA by 9.
COLORADO at STANFORD this won't even be close...the Buffalos, having been edged by
Washington State last week, have solidified their positon as the Pac12's worst team. Meanwhile, QB Andrew Luck and friends are unbeaten and will atay that way this week. Wartching the Cards' dismantling of UCLA, we saw no reason why they won't be a fearsome host for Oregon in November.
STANFORD by 28.
MONTANA STATE at PORTLAND STATE the Vikings are pumped for this one, after
compiling a 3-1 record led by homegrown talent. We envision a real close tussle at Jeld-Wen
field, with Montana State as a favorite. Tradition leans toward the Bobcats. MONTANA
STATE by 3.