Peerless (almost) Predictor
Goes 5-1, Now Stands 28-7
By Fred Delkin
UCLA pulled off a win over undefeated Texas that was Pigskin's sole slip up this past
week. That incredible upset borders on the inexplicable. This week, Arizona and Cal rest. Our
picks for other Pac10 games, plus Portland State:
STANFORD at OREGON--this result could ultimately decide the conference title and the
outcome will definitely change the top tier in the current national rankings. These undefeated
titans should produce a barn-burner. Stanford soundly whipped Notre Dame on the Irish home
field, while Oregon came from behind to dump by far its toughest foe to date. We think Autzen
stadium will be a deciding factor, but Cardinal QB Andrew Luck is a certified top contender for
this year's Heisman award and his coach Jim Harbaugh has created a solid team on both attack
and defense. If the Ducks restore their rushing game, it will be OREGON by 1.
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE--the Sun Devils are looking much better than the
experts' preseason predictions. Their defense seems even better than forecast, and QB transfer
Steve Threet from Michigan has cured their 2009 offensive woes. OSU failed to stem the Boise
State tide last week, but may have enough to edge the Devils. OREGON STATE by 3.
WASHINGTON at USC--Nebraska's line play was a huge advantage when the Huskers visited
Husky stadium. Dawg QB Jake Locker had his worst game in his collegiate career and fell off
anyone's Heisman list by completing only four passes. T he Pups should be chastened enough to
show some recovery in the LA Coliseum, but can only keep this one close. USC by 7.
WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA--this will be the Bruins second straight win, and by a wide
margin. The Cougars are easily the weakest team in recent Pac10 history and WSU coach Paul
Wulff can be expected to build additional evidence for his removal at season's close. UCLA by
IDAHO STATE at PORTLAND STATE the Vikings have enjoyed a hiatus from game action
and should be well rested for a runaway win over a weak enemy. This will be a college action
christening for PSU's temporary home at Hillsboro stadium. Should Vik coach Nigel Burton
revive his squad after two mismatches with Pac10 foes Arizona State and Oregon, they may yet
be a Big Sky contender., now that perennial titlist Montana has deteriorated. PORTLAND STATE by 28.
ROSES & RASPBERRIES a petal-strewn path awaits PSU football when they move to
thoroughly-remodeled Civic stadium in 2011, thanks to the Portland community's fascination for
soccer. We vastly prefer the science of American football, but if the rest of the world's love for
futbol is upgrading our historic facility, we say welcome...nothing but boos for our city's
govenment? mismanagement of what is currently known as PGE Park.
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