November 24, 2011 -- Unpredictability caught up with our hitherto largely successful forecasting, with Pigskin logging a miserable 3-4 record last week. Oregon led this sorry parade, falling before USC and losing a shot at the national title match. Washington, Arizona State and Portland State also joined the upset victim ranks. With a chastened soul, we foresee this week's outcomes...
OREGON STATE at OREGON--the visiting Beavers got a new lease on life by upsetting Washington last week, but we can't imagine that this boost will enable OSU to overcome a Duck bunch angry over narrowly losing to Southern Cal and determined to still earn the Pac12 North title and thus staying home again to battle for the whole Pac12 crown. Webfoot talent and experience levels will combine with incentive to tower over this Civil War scene. Don't see how the undermanned Beavers can avoid losing their fourth Civil War battle in a row. OREGON by 18.
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON--if Husky veteran QB Keith Price is recovered from the injuries that hampered him in Corvallis, the Dawgs will win. The Cougars redshirt phenom @ QB is sidelined and that should benefit the legions wearing purple & gold. UW by 7.
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE--this one is a puzzle...the Bears are completely inconsistent, the Sun Devils are as well. The home field edge and the fact that a win would put ASU in the conference title game should be the difference. Devils lose, and veteran mentor Dennis Erickson will face a mandatory retirement. ARIZONA STATE by 7.
UCLA at USC--speaking of forced retirement, that's what the Bruins' Ricky Neuheisel faces when the Trojans whip their cross-town rivals. Oregon can testify that its squad is fortunate that SC is sanctioned from earning a Pac12 title. SOUTHERN CAL by 21.
COLORADO at UTAH--the Pac12 also-rans clash, and the Utes seem superior. They could even play for the Pac12 title in the unlikely event of ASU losing to Cal and the likely event of UCLA losing to SC. UTAH by 14
STANFORD at NOTRE DAME--the Cardinal fields far more talent than the Irish, and have the Andrew Luck of this draw. STANFORD by 14.
& RASPBERRIES--a large passel of
posies to PSU grid coach Nigel Burton, who's
returned the Vikings to repectability after their
unfortunate sojourn with Jerry Glanville...no
respect is due the folks in charge at Penn State,
who thought they could just ignore a mounting body
of proof that their athletic department was not
sacrosanct...here's a salute to the Linfield
Wildcats, who have again qualified for the Division
III national football playoffs.
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