Oregon Magazine

Pigskin Pete

Pac10 Season Opens
As Pete 23-6 to Date

By Fred Delkin

Last week's college grid action delivered three surprises fo this prognosticaor, as Nevada
upset Cal, Washington failed to live up to our expectations and UCLA upset Houston by
knocking not one, but two, visiting QB's out of the game. Here's our take on this week's
opening round of Pac10 clashes, while Washington and Portland State sit this one out.

OREGON at ARIZONA STATE the Ducks' #5 national ranking will get a real test in the desert,
with the host Sun Devils mounting a stifling defense that came within a blocked field goal of
upsetting Wisconsin. Oregon got some pertinent vetting on a trip to Tennessee and a deep,
experienced and talented Webfoot crew on both sides of the ball will prevail. OREGON by 14.

OREGON STATE at BOISE STATE the Beavers have gone to the extent of painting their
practice field bright blue to prepare for entering the azure atmosphere surrounding a Bronco
team that ranks #4 nationally and seems to deserve the honor. The home team has the more
accomplished quarterback to outscore anything the OSU Rodgers brothers can achieve.

CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA the Bears were rudely surprised at Nevada after opening the
season at 2-0. A loss to Arizona will be no surprise as the host Wildcats looked powerful in
dusting Iowa's supposed Big Ten title contender. ARIZONA by 10.

STANFORD at NOTRE DAME the Cardinal is for real, as UCLA found out two weeks ago,
and QB Andrew Luck should continue his brilliance to knock off the Irish on the latter's storied
home turf. STANFORD by 7.

SOUTHERN CAL at WASHINGTON STATE SC has come downhill since ruling the Pac10
heights for years and the moribund Cougars should be praying for an early cold snap in the
Palouse to offset a Grand Canyon size talent gulf between these foes. USC by 35.

UCLA at TEXAS the Bruins confounded the odds makers last week when favored Houston
lost its top two signal-callers during their Rose Bowl visit. The Longhorns will easily avenge
their fellow Texans. TEXAS BY 21.

ROSES & RASPBERRIES...we award PSU and Nike for giving the Viking gridders a sharp
new uniform look. Now, with no more Pac10 foes on the schedule, PSU play will look more
deserving of the new look...a resounding raspberry to the scheduling of home games at
Corvallis & Eugene on the same Saturday, creating a monumental I-5 traffic snarl.

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