Pete Now 16-3, But
Season Gets Tougher
By Fred Delkin
Well, we said it would be "a tossup" between Portland State and Cal Davis, and it was,
but PSU pulled it out, and caused Pigskin Pete to incur his lone loss in our last predictions. Now,
mismatches are almost over, and the prediction game gets tougher. Only one sure thing this
week, and that's Portland State's visit to Oregon.
PORTLAND STATE at OREGON--the Ducks looked like a national title contender on their visit
to Tennessee, with talented depth at every position resulting in a 48-13 Webfoot win against a
good team. PSU's only consolation in this one will be a good paycheck helping to bail out the
financial mess left by the departed Jerry Glanville. OREGON by 42.
USC at MINNESOTA--the Trojans have yet to impress this season, narrowly beating a mediocre
Hawaii and barely winning at home against Virginia. Minnesota will be the toughest test yet for
SC, but the visitors should prevail. SOUTHERN CAL by 14.
IOWA at ARIZONA this will match two title contenders, with neither having done anything yet
this season but beat up on very weak competition. Arizona gets our hesitant nod, due to playing
host, but it won't be easy for the Wildcats. ARIZONA by 3.
CALIFORNIA at NEVADA the Wolfpack are a good team in their league, but Cal was very
impressive last week in routing Colorado. CALIFORNIA by 21.
LOUISVILLE at OREGON STATE the Beavers got a week off after their close loss to TCU,
and retuning will enable the Beavers to look dominant on their home turf. OSU by 17.
WAKE FOREST at STANFORD Jim Harbaugh has forged a winner at Cardinalville and Wake
Forest hasn't the tools to damage its host. STANFORD by 21.
NEBRASKA at WASHINGTON the Huskies wre underdogs, but Dawg QB Jake Locker and
fellow pups recovered well last week after an opening loss, destroying a good Syracuse squad.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian will forge an unfriendly greeting for a strong foe. DAWGS by 7.
HOUSTON at UCLA the Bruins were a mess last week vs. Stanford, failing to make any impact
on offense. Little Ricky Neuheisel won't coach his way past this opponent, either.
HOUSTON by 14.
ARIZONA STATE at WISCONSIN the Sun Devils have easily had their way in wins over lower
classification Portland State and Northern Arizona, not adequate preparation for what awaits
them in the Midwest. The Badgers are expected to be a factor in the Big Ten title race and won't
treat their visitors with respect. WISCONSIN by 10.
WASHINGTON ST. at SOUTHERN METHODIST the lowly Cougars upset SMU last year in
the Palouse and run&shoot master executioner June Jones will inspire his Mustange to run wild
in this one. SMU by 28.
ROSES & RASPBERRIES ... we waft a pretty pack
of posies to Oregonian columnist John Canzano for
his recent treatise on Portland City Council's abject
failure to provide a home for the Portland Beaver
baseball team...apparently appeasing bicyclists with
a 600 million+ dressing up of city streets carries far
more importance than preserving a family
entertainment tradition...we award sweet Sammy
Adams the honor of being the Rose City's worst
leader in history, having served as former mayor
Vera Katz's point man in driving Columbia
Sportswear out of town prior to celebrating his
accession to her position with a romantic
homosexual fling with Beau Breedlove (and isn't
that an appropriate monicker!).
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