Pigskin Went 4-1,
Picks Full Slate
By Fred Delkin
We blew it on the Arizona/Washington pick last week, expecting Arizona's injuries to do
the Wildcats in at Husky Stadium, but they prevailed. This week a full slate of Pac10 contests
comes up, and we forecast the following:
OREGON at SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SC seems to have recovered from its earlier maladies
this season and should give the #1 Ducks a good contest. However, Chip Kelly has imbued the
Quackers with a winning attitude, one game at a time, and considering the large host of southern
Californians gracing the UO roster, this may result in making even the BCS realize which team is
best in the land. We are tempted to call it a three TD Duck triumph, but will be conservative and
say...OREGON by 14.
ARIZONA at UCLA Oregon exploited aall the Bruin weaknesses last week, and we're certain
the visiting Wildcats took good notes. Lil' Ricky Neuheisel gets anotheer course in humility...
ARIZONA by 21.
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE question here is: which Cal teqam will ahow up...the one
that routed Arizona State last week, or the one that totally collapsed at USC the week before?
We expect the better Bears to take the field in Corvallis, but the Beavers will aurvive...OSU by 3.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON Husky fans will see two great QB's in action, bu the Dawgs'
Jake Locker is slightly slowed by injury, the Cards' Andrew Luck is in fine fettle, and the UW
defense won't be up to this task...STANFORD by 20.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE The Cougs at least have found a QB, but little
else to enable them to challenge any other conference foe. SUN DEVILS by 21.
EASTERN WASHINGTON at PORTLAND STATE We foresee an upset here, with new PSU
coach Nigel Burton goading his defense to respectability. The Viking offense can move the ball,
and if their defensive cohorts come through, we believe PSU's proven offensive credentials will
dump the visiting Savages' hopes for a Big Sky title. PORTLAND STATE by 1.
ROSES & RASPBERRIES ... more brickbats should be hurled at the BCS computers for
preferring Auburn over Oregon as #1, but humans still have the national rankiangs right...Roses
to Mississippi and former Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli if they can use the Rebs'home ground to
bury the visitors...Raspberries to the Southeastern Conference gurus who invented the
BCS...Roses to Oregon halfback LaMichael James and the Heisman voters for elevating this guy
to Heisman leader...extend no sympathy to anyone who still thinks Greg Oden will recover to be
a pivotal force for the Portland Trailblazers...we've all been down this sorry road before!
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