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Who wins, who covers and who embarrasses the PAC

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We all know that ATQ readers are the most knowledgeable fans on the internet.

Now it’s time to prove it!

Each week we’ll put up a series of PAC-12 polls with the goal of predicting that week’s Paction. Last week, ATQ correctly predicted the winner 8 out of 12 times, and against the spread we were 2 of 9. Stay away from Vegas everybody!

Y’all had some pretty garbage predictions, leading to a winner who was still pretty far off but closer than the rest of the flock.

THIS WEEK’S RESIDENT GENIUS IS:

akimbonautilus

Ducks win 56-16 and hold Montana to just 1 TD, which comes in the first quarter

Herbert gets 4 TDs, one of which is rushing on a quarterback keeper. He throws for 270 yards while maintaining his insane completion percentage and QBR from his first 2 games.

The defense looks really good, only allowing 1 TD while getting 2 INTs and just outmatching Montana on most plays.”


USC v Utah Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

#10 UTAH @ USC

TIME/CHANNEL: Friday, 6 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: UU (3-0) / USC (2-1, 1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: USC currently holds an 11-6 lead over the Utes, though Utah won the last one. An interesting fact: the Utes haven’t beaten USC in LA for over 100 years.

NOTES: Just as the nation began to believe in the Trojans again, BYU decided to throw some more wood on the Clay Helton fire. If transitive property means anything in college football, which it doesn’t, then we should believe Utah should roll past USC. Still, the Trojans have a lot of talent on this roster, perhaps they can get it together for another PAC-12 win. A Utah loss would be devastating for the much-hyped program and the conference in general.

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Who wins?

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  • 75%
    Utah
    (69 votes)
  • 24%
    USC
    (22 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 58%
    Utah (-3.5)
    (61 votes)
  • 41%
    USC (+3.5)
    (44 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Ole Miss at Cal Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#23 CALIFORNIA @ OLE MISS

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 9 AM, ESPNU

SEASON RECORD: CAL (3-0, 1-0) / UM (2-1, 1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: California won their only match-up against Ole Miss in 2017, the Golden Bears won 27-16.

NOTES: Are these Golden Bears for real? They already have a PAC-12 win, an elite defense, and an experienced quarterback, now all they need is an offense and they’re ready to crash the playoffs. Ole Miss has been collecting PAC-12 coaches recently, it’ll be interesting to find out who that benefits more, the Golden Bears or the Landsharks.

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Who wins?

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  • 72%
    California
    (90 votes)
  • 27%
    Ole MIss
    (34 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 62%
    California (+3.0)
    (65 votes)
  • 37%
    Ole Miss (-3.0)
    (39 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 29 BYU at Washington Photo by Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#22 wASHINGTON @ BYU

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 12:30 PM, ABC/ESPN2

SEASON RECORD: Uw (2-1, 0-1) / BYU (2-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Since 1985, Washington and BYU have played ten times. Currently, the Cougars trail the huskies 4 to 6 in the series.

NOTES: Just like Hawai’i, BYU has an opportunity to thoroughly embarrass the PAC-12 by winning the majority of their three-game series. Unfortunately, the huskies seem to be figuring out their offense. Perhaps Provo can be the X-factor for a Cougar upset. Mormon Manziel will need to have another impressive game against a young but talented secondary.

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Who wins?

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  • 62%
    washington
    (78 votes)
  • 37%
    BYU
    (46 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 36%
    washington (-6.5)
    (40 votes)
  • 63%
    BYU (+6.5)
    (70 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 22 Stanford at Oregon

#16 OREGON @ STANFORD

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4 PM, ESPN

SEASON RECORD: UO (2-1, 0-3) / STAN (1-2, 0-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: We all know how brutal this rivalry has been in the recent past, and as of now, Stanford leads the series 49 to 32. They also tied in 1936.

NOTES: On paper, there is no reason that Oregon should lose this one. Stanford has a shaken-up quarterback, an offensive line in ruins, and absolutely no idea what they are doing on offense. It would take a freak play, like a really bad snap or something, combined with a team collapse for the Ducks to let this opportunity to slip away.

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Who wins?

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  • 95%
    Oregon
    (165 votes)
  • 4%
    Stanford
    (7 votes)
172 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 69%
    Oregon (-10.5)
    (108 votes)
  • 30%
    Stanford (+10.5)
    (48 votes)
156 votes total Vote Now
Arizona State v Colorado Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

COLORADO @ #24 ARIZONA STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7 PM, PAC12N

SEASON RECORD: UC (2-1) / ASU (3-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Sun Devils have an 8-2 lead over the Buffaloes in their series.

NOTES: This could be a good one to watch, despite the fact that it may end 7 to 6. ASU’s offensive line is terrible, however, it’s possible Colorado’s up-and-down defense won’t be able to take advantage of it. The Sun Devils want to play it close and the Buffs want to win it in the last minute after playing two quarters of football. Jayden Daniels vs Steven Montez. Herm Edwards vs Mel Tucker. There is some potential for PAC-12 madness here.

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Who wins?

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  • 33%
    Colorado
    (41 votes)
  • 66%
    Arizona State
    (80 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 62%
    Colorado (+7.5)
    (68 votes)
  • 37%
    Arizona State (-7.5)
    (41 votes)
109 votes total Vote Now
UCLA v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

UCLA @ #19 WASHINGTON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:30 PM, ESPN

SEASON RECORD: UCLA (0-3) / WSU (3-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Although Wazzu is currently riding a two-game win-streak against the Bruins, UCLA holds the 39 -21 lead in the series. They’ve also tied once.

NOTES: UCLA is really bad. Washington State had some trouble wrapping up tackles against Houston. But UCLA is really, really bad. Washington State is still breaking in their quarterback Anthony Gordon who is clearly a tad worse than Minshew. But UCLA is really, really, really bad.

Final point: UCLA is really, really, really, really bad.

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Who wins?

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  • 3%
    UCLA
    (5 votes)
  • 96%
    Washington State
    (125 votes)
130 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 23%
    UCLA (+18.5)
    (27 votes)
  • 76%
    Washington State (-18.5)
    (86 votes)
113 votes total Vote Now

Comment below with your prediction for this week’s Duck game for your chance to win the coveted RESIDENT GENIUS award.

Include:

  • Final score.
  • Who you think will win.
  • Herbert’s passing yards and total touchdowns.