42-23 on the season, and after a tough 2-4 week, my mindset's more of: "Why the hell not?"
No. 14 Stanford (6-2, 4-1) at Colorado (1-7, 1-4)
Talk about a tough stretch of games for the Buffalos. After getting drubbed by USC and Oregon, they take on the ranked Cardinal. The only silver lining for the Colorado is that they have the chance to keep their opponent to under 50 points for the first time in over a month. Stanford's going to own the line of scrimmage though, and I'd be surprised if the Buffaloes finish with an offensive touchdown.
Prediction: Stanford 42 Colorado 6
Washington State (2-6, 0-5) at Utah (3-5, 1-4)
Utah looks to get their second conference win of the season after dismantling the Bears last weekend. Washington State is looking for something. With Jeff Tuel back at QB, I actually think the Cougars are pretty close to getting things back together. They've got the decided offensive edge, and their defense has been holding the team from complete collapse all seson. Call me crazy, but I'm picking the Cougars with the upset.
Prediction: WSU 24 Utah 20
No. 4 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at No. 17 USC (6-2, 4-2)
This was supposed to be the matchup of the season, but USC let a little bit of the air out of this one by dropping two conference games already. It could still very well be a preview of the conference title game, but the Ducks still have the decided advantage. The Ducks have won 20 of their last 21 games. The last team to beat the Ducks? USC last season on a last-second field goal.
Still, the Trojans aren't playing nearly as well as they were during their closing stretch last season, and the Ducks are playing about as well as any team in the country. Home field advantage, schmome field advantage, the Ducks pull off a close, but not really type of game.
Prediction: Oregon 41 USC 27
No. 22 Arizona (5-3, 2-3) at UCLA (6-2, 3-2)
Should be an interesting one between two teams brimming with confidence after notching upsets last weekend. Both teams are riding the stellar play of their quarterbacks, though both teams' defenses have given up major yardage and points last weekend. It has all the makings of a shootout, and I'm actually split 50/50 on this one. If Matt Scott is healthy and good to go, I'm giving the edge to the Wildcats.
Prediction: Arizona 41 UCLA 38
Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) at No. 11 Oregon State
Another tough one. Both teams suffered hugely disappointing losses last weekend. ASU couldn't hold on to a lead with a minute to go, and lost by 1 point to the Bruins while the Beavers fell apart on the road to the Huskies. This OSU squad is different though, and should rebound, especially being at home. Todd Graham's team will get their yards, but points will be hard to come by against OSU's defense. Regardless of who gets the nod at QB for the Beavers, don't expect a repeat of Sean Mannion's 4 INT performance last weekend.
Prediction: Oregon State 27 Arizona State 20