Wednesday, September 19, 2012
PAC 12 Weekend Primer - Sept 22
OSU @ UCLA - UCLA is in for a fight in the Coliseum, but they will be prepared for the Beavers. Look for UCLA to continue to impress by playing fundamental, mistake free football – and continue to be the only undefeated PAC-12 team in Los Angeles. Sorry Beavs, UCLA is for real, not so sure about Wisconsin. UCLA 31, OSU 13.
COLO @ WSU – This is what I’d call the crummy game of the week; the impending disaster that is Colorado vs. the completely unpredictable WSU. Neither has any defense, but WSU does have two wins and some pride and there’s no way Leach lets them lose to Colorado – there is no quicker way to get on the hot seat. The only drama will be how long until CU fires the coach. WSU will play down to CU, making it tougher than it needs to be, but they prevail; 24-13.
CAL @ USC I would hate to be the team that has to face USC’s wrath after the Stanford debacle. They will punish Cal for scheduling this. Barkley will have a big day passing – look for 350 + yards passing as USC pads some stats - to get his name back into the Heisman race – not because he deserves it, but because he’s marketable and makes headlines and USC needs good press this week. Sucks to be Cal this week. USC 55, Cal 17
UTAH @ ASU – Perhaps the best game of the week – Utah is coming on, but lost Jordan Winn for the season. ASU is rising quickly and can’t afford to lose this game at home –ASU 29, Utah 17
ARIZ @ ORE Get ready for some scoring. There could be a hundred points scored in this game – unfortunately for Arizona most of it will be by the Ducks. Newbie Rich Rodriguez has to go in to Autzen and learn what all the fuss is about. ‘Cats will be on the wrong side of the equation –Rodriguez had speedster Denard Robinson during his short stay at Michigan- so he recognizes speed – and Oregon has at least four players on offense that fast. Expect a nightmare initiation for Rich - Oregon will hang 40 by halftime and then let off the gas; Oregon 58, Arizona 31.
Preview: Next Thursday Night – Stanford at Washington. Stanford is big, strong, fundamental, confident and healthy and coming off a huge win. UW is none of those. Stanford will pull an LSU on the undersized UW lines and pound them all day and pressure Price in hopes of wearing him out. With no running game for support, it could be a tough day for Price.
UW must create a smart and crafty game plan and resist predictable play-calling. Stanford coordinators are top notch and will make you pay. Hopefully they don’t give up in the 2nd quarter, like they did in Baton Rouge. Stanford is a winnable game for UW – but this team has to start with fundamental football – basic blocking and tackling and pass catching – and they really need to show some strength of character and good old-fashioned fight.
Another embarrassing loss on a nationally televised stage and Sarkisian job security will be an issue. This is a must-win for UW on many levels and Sarkisian knows it. A blow out loss here could be mentally devastating for this team. I’ll be at the game and I want to pick UW, but from what we’ve seen so far, it just doesn’t seem realistic. UW gets an emotional start and leads in the first half, but Stanford’s superiority takes over in the second half and simply pushes UW around – Stanford 34, UW 17.