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Will the Ducks start 3-0?

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We all know that ATQ readers are the most knowledgeable college football 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 PAC-12 action! We’ll also reward the best guest with our RESIDENT GENIUS AWARD.

Last week, the ATQ hive-mind was 56 percent correct choosing the winner and 51 percent correct against the spread, which is good enough to keep away the leg-breakers for another week! Though it’s a little disconcerting that most of you chose Washington State to win last week...

we may have some traitors in midst.


NCAA Football: UCLA at Oregon Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA @ No. 11 OREGON

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

SEASON RECORD: UCLA (1-1) / UO (2-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: UCLA still holds a hefty advantage over the Ducks with a 39-29 record. But Oregon is trending up, having won 12 of the last 15 matchups.

NOTES: For the first time in Chip Kelly’s career at UCLA the Bruins have reached .500. After a familiar season-opening loss, this time to Karl Dorrell in a revenge game that kicked off Colorado’s surprisingly strong start, UCLA rebounded by beating the Hell out of a late-to-the-party, unprepared Cal team in the PAC-12’s first Sunday football game. The Golden Bear beatdown shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but Oregon’s early turnover issues could boost the Bruins’ chances if they persist this Saturday.

Will Kelly earn his first win against the Ducks? Or will Oregon remain undefeated through the first three games of this strange 2020 season?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Oregon
    (140 votes)
  • 0%
    UCLA
    (0 votes)
140 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Oregon (-14)
    (108 votes)
  • 12%
    UCLA (+14)
    (15 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Oregon State at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

CALIFORNIA @ OREGON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 12:30 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: CAL (0-1) / OSU (0-2)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Beavers have a chance to cut into the Golden Bears overall lead, which currently sits at 38 to 34.

NOTES: Oregon State WAS ROBBED last week by a terrible spot by the PAC-12 refs! Which normally wouldn’t upset us that much, except for the fact that it was against the Huskies. California, on the other hand, looked completely unprepared against UCLA in their delayed opener last week.

In a game that could decide the bottom of the PAC-12 North, who will rise up?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    California
    (28 votes)
  • 76%
    Oregon State
    (91 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    California (-3.5)
    (24 votes)
  • 77%
    Oregon State (+3.5)
    (81 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Washington at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

ARIZONA @ wASHINGTON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 5:00 PM, FOX

SEASON RECORD: UA (0-1) / UW (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: washington holds a 22-11-1 record over Arizona and has won the last three against the Wildcats.

NOTES: The Jimmy Lake era began with a sigh in Seattle after the Huskies needed their 12th man (the ref) to bail them out of another potential early-season loss to an underdog. We’re not quite sure yet if Uw is as bad as they looked in week one of PAC-12 play or if they were just knocking off the rust, but we do know that Kevin Sumlin’s Arizona Wildcats looked uninspiring against an uninspired USC team.

Can Gunnell cool Sumlin’s seat? Or will washington find another zebra to buy?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 46%
    Arizona
    (53 votes)
  • 53%
    washington
    (61 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Arizona (+11.5)
    (92 votes)
  • 14%
    washington (-11.5)
    (16 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Utah at Southern California Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 USC @ UTAH

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

SEASON RECORD: USC (2-0) / UU (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: USC has won 12 of their 18 matchups against Utah.

NOTES: It appears Utah is still on track to make their season debut against USC this Saturday. Even with Kyle Whittingham at the helm, the roster turnover and the lack of live-tackling will undoubtedly add up to a bumpy ride for the Utes. However, the Trojans have played down to their previous two opponents, who were also making their season debuts and gave USC everything they could handle.

Will the Utes buck the trend and look sharp in week one of PAC-12 play? Or. to the lament of USC fans everywhere, will Clay Helton extend his welcome by winning another clunker?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    USC
    (71 votes)
  • 37%
    Utah
    (43 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    USC (-3)
    (68 votes)
  • 35%
    Utah (+3)
    (38 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Stanford at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON STATE @ STANFORD

***GAME CANCELLED***

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 8:00 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: WSU (1-1) / STAN (0-2)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Stanford holds the all-time lead over Wazzu at 40-29-1.

NOTES: Jayden de Laura has looked promising in Nick Rolovich’s run-&-shoot during the first two weeks of the PAC-12 season, while Stanford appears to be the same old slumping Shaw show. Still, the Cardinal should have the talent to compete at home against the Cougs.

Which team will prove the better win for the Ducks?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Washington State
    (67 votes)
  • 27%
    Stanford
    (26 votes)
93 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Washington State (+1.5)
    (68 votes)
  • 21%
    Stanford (-1.5)
    (19 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now

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

Include:

  • Final score
  • Who you think will win
  • Tyler Shough’s stat line

Last week’s Resident Genius was...

YetAnotherDuckFan

I don’t think this is as close as the score will be

Ducks 42 – WSU 21

SLAW throws for 240 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT & rushes for 80 yards and a TD.

The big plays of the game are going to be big rushing plays. Our BIG JOHNSON will be one of the TD catches but will have a smaller game as he will be used for a decoy & blocker more this game (given how much we’ve thrown to him on film so far).