The veteran scribes at Cal Maven are doing a nice job picking Pac-12 games against the spread. Let's see how badly I can mess things up:
It's a bit of breather for the Pac-12 this week, with four teams (Cal, Colorado, UCLA and Utah) on their bye week.
But here we go as conference play heats up (with all picks against the spread, using Thursday lines from VegasInsider.com):
Washington State (plus 4.5) at USC
The Trojans are a mess right now, with a true freshman quarterback being just part of the issue. The main problem: When was the last time you could say the Trojans were tough? Pick: Washington State
Arizona (minus-6) at Oregon State
You'll have to wait for my score prediction, but I see this game much closer to a toss-up. Pick: Oregon State
No. 7 Stanford (minus-2) at No. 20 Oregon (Game preview)
The Cardinal defense has been better than I expected and RB Bryce Love returns after sitting out the game against UC Davis, but I think Oregon QB Justin Herbert emerges from this game as the legit Heisman threat from the Pac-12. Pick: Oregon
Arizona State (plus-17.5) at No. 10 Washington (Game preview)
ASU WR N'Keal Harry vs. Washington all-star CB Byron Murphy is the best individual matchup of the week. As for the game itself, Huskies run to win but don't cover. Pick: Arizona State.