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Pigskin Pete:
OSU Recovers, Ducks
Get Another 'Gimme'


                  by Fred Delkin

   Our crystal ball slipped but once last week, failing to predict Oregon State's revival vs.WashingtonState, and we had a 6-1 record.  Oregon predictably destroyed Colorado and gets another also-ran this week in WSU.  Then the Ducks' season gets interesting, with two consecutive trips to Washington & Stanford.  The Webfoot all-star pair of LaMichael James & DarronThomas sat out the Buffalo blowout and could easily rest again this week.  Here's our forecast for rhis Saturday's sked:ooo  

WASHINGTON STATE @ OREGON--the Autzen faithfulwill whoop it up again as their darlings collapse the Cougars, with the usual Duck progression of laying low in the first half to study for a second half explosion is not necessary.  We'll miss the idiotic Cliff Harris, but his absence is his loss only.  OREGON by 35.  

OREGON STATE @ UTAH--this is tough to call.  Ca pounded the Utes pretty well in San Francisco, but Utah will be tougher at home and may overcome teir injury plague.  We doubt the Beavers can maintain the momentum they rediscovered at Resere last week.  UTAH by 1.

STANFORD @ SOUTHERN CAL--we were somewhat awestruck watching the Cardinal rout a good Washington team.  There is no apparentCard weakness on either side of the ball.  Their up-front line play is brutally effective, their rushing attack multi-dimensional, and then there's Andrew Luck throwing to tall, speedy and tough receivers.  The Nov. 12 fracas in Palo Alto with Oregon will be one for the ages!  SC gets this one at home in the Coliseum and will be a good challenge, but the visiting gladiators know their destiny lies beyond this trip.  STANFORD bt 10.

CALIFORNIA @ UCLA--the Golden Bears recovered some luster last week whipping Utah after losing two straight, and they will shine some more by beating up on their southern in-state rivaals, thus adding emphass to the fall from coaching grace of Ricky Neuheisel.  CAL by 14.

ARIZONA @ WASHINGTON--the Dawgs got handed their helmets by Stanford, but are coming home to meet Arizona, and should eke out a victory.  The visiting Wildcats looked well-erve by losing coach Mike Stoops as they both ran & threw well to overwhelm UCLA.  HUSKIES by 7.

COLORADO @ ARIZONA STATE--no contest here, as the Sun Devils rop past a suffering bunch of Buffalos, who are at least two seasons away from threatening any of their Pac12 brethren.  ARIZONA STATE by 28.    

PORTLAND STATE@EASTERN WASHINGTON--had the Vikings not lost the services of rushing star Cory McCaffrey to injury, we would expect them to dump the defending Big Sky titlists.  Now, it seems the Vik revival will face a third loss, but we keep our faith in PSU coach Nigel Burton's ministrations.  Eastern Washington by 3.


ROSES & RASPBERRIES...whatever happenedto the national infatuation with aseball's World Series?  Lo, those many years ago when our grade school classes were suspended to listen to Series radio broadcasts...long gone, and even an unusual matchup between Cardinals & Rangers doesn' demand our attention...a plethora of posies to that legion of flag-waving and chanting aficionados who pack the stands at Timbers' games, even though their on-field performers seem a paltry bunch...no plaudits for Orgon high school athletic administrators, who have realigned traditional league matchups in favor of...what? 

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