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ATQ’s Week Eleven Predictions

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Time to pick apart the PAC

Utah v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Last week, the ATQ community was 64% right in the pick ems and 43% right against the spread. Let’s give it another go, shall we? Because if we don’t pay for the Fat Mac statue who will?


UCLA @ ARIZONA STATE

NCAA Football - Arizona State vs UCLA - November 12, 2005 Photo by S. Levin/Getty Images

TIME/CHANNEL: 11 AM, PAC-12 NETWORKS

RECORDS: UCLA (2-7, 2-4) / ASU (5-4, 3-3)

LAST WEEK: ASU continues to be one of the most exciting teams to watch on a weekly basis. Many believed that the Sun Devils would keep it close with the Utes, seeing how the large majority of their games have been one-score contests, but N’Keal Harry and Eno Benjamin decided an 18-point win was more to their liking.

Meanwhile, UCLA’s special teams handed the Ducks an easy win, eliminating any chance they had at earning a bowl game. Will ASU continue its surprising run towards a PAC-12 championship game? Or does UCLA have enough in them to force an upset?

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Who wins?

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  • 12%
    Bruins
    (9 votes)
  • 87%
    Sun Devils
    (63 votes)
72 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers the spread?

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  • 46%
    Bruins (+13.5)
    (29 votes)
  • 53%
    Sun Devils (-13.5)
    (33 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now

#8 WASHINGTON STATE @ COLORADO

Colorado v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

TIME/CHANNEL: 12:30 PM, ESPN

RECORDS: WSU (8-1, 5-1) / CU (5-4, 2-4)

LAST WEEK: Washington State is coming off a nail-biter against Cal that came down to a last minute Gardner Minshew touchdown drive. We have three games left to find out whether this was your average close-game with an inferior opponent that playoff teams tend to have or whether this was a sign that the PAC-12’s best team is really not that much better than the rest.

The Buffaloes have a different question to answer: After starting the season 5-0, does Colorado have enough talent to get their sixth win? Without Laviska Shenault Jr, their upcoming slate of Wazzu, Utah and Cal seems pretty treacherous.

Will the Cougs prove they can play up to their playoff aspirations? Or will the Buffs clinch a bowl against the top of the PAC?

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Who wins?

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  • 80%
    Cougars
    (62 votes)
  • 19%
    Buffaloes
    (15 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers the spread?

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  • 75%
    Cougars (-6.0)
    (50 votes)
  • 24%
    Buffaloes (+6.0)
    (16 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

OREGON @ UTAH

Utah v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

TIME/CHANNEL: 2:30 PM, PAC-12 NETWORKS

RECORDS: UO (6-3, 3-3) / UU (6-3, 4-3)

LAST WEEK: In Justin Herbert’s debut season, he beat the Utes with a touchdown pass to Darren Carrington at a time when Oregon was in a downward spiral and the Utes were on the verge of playing in their first PAC-12 championship game. The year after that, Braxton Burmeister earned his first win ever as a starter against the Utes, once again the Ducks were the underdogs due to inexperience at the QB position.

This time around, the Utes aren’t such obvious favorites. Even though they’ll be playing at raucous Rice-Eccles stadium, the loss of starting QB Tyler Huntley and star running back Zack Moss has pushed some money towards the Ducks. Though I bet Utah’s defense is more than willing to take that bet.

Will Herbert and the gang beat the wounded Utes? Or will Utah prove they are more than just a few star players?

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Who wins?

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  • 82%
    Ducks
    (74 votes)
  • 17%
    Utes
    (16 votes)
90 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers the spread?

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  • 78%
    Ducks (+4.5)
    (62 votes)
  • 21%
    Utes (-4.5)
    (17 votes)
79 votes total Vote Now

OREGON STATE @ STANFORD

Stanford v Oregon State Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

TIME/CHANNEL: 6 PM, PAC-12 NETWORKS

RECORDS: OSU (2-7, 1-5) / SU (5-4, 3-3)

LAST WEEK: After much preseason hype, the Stanford Cardinal has only a bowl game to play for this Saturday. The Beavers have been playing inspired yet sloppy football all season but are already eliminated from postseason play.

As we all know, playing on the road at Stanford is not the most hellish of environments, but does this mean the Beavers have a chance at snatching a technically pointless win? The Cardinal has been lacking on defense and Oregon State happens to be decent-to-good at moving the ball.

Will the Beavers gain momentum going into next year? Or will the Cardinal simply overpower them with size and talent?

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Who wins?

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  • 19%
    Beavers
    (15 votes)
  • 80%
    Cardinal
    (63 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers the spread?

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  • 80%
    Beavers (+24.0)
    (55 votes)
  • 19%
    Cardinal (-24.0)
    (13 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now

CALIFORNIA @ USC

USC v California Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

TIME/CHANNEL: 7:30 PM, ESPN

RECORDS: CAL (5-4, 2-4) / USC (5-4, 4-3)

LAST WEEK: The Trojans have a 13-game win streak over the Golden Bears who are currently playing at a level where they can either beat the best in the PAC or lose to the worst. California has one of the best defenses in the conference, but will it be able to muster enough points to take advantage of it? One thing’s for sure, winner clinches a bowl game.

Will the Golden Bears earn their first bowl game under Wilcox? Or is USC just too talented for Cal?

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Who wins?

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  • 50%
    Golden Bears
    (39 votes)
  • 50%
    Trojans
    (39 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers the spread?

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  • 52%
    Golden Bears (+5.0)
    (35 votes)
  • 47%
    Trojans (-5.0)
    (32 votes)
67 votes total Vote Now

Last Week’s Resident Genius Award Winner:

ShouldabeenaDuck


Comment below with your prediction for this week’s Duck game for your chance to win this coveted award. Include:

  • Final score
  • Who you think will win
  • How many yards and TDs Herbert will throw