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Cristobal Predictions: Week One PAC-12 Picks

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Does ATQ know what it’s talking about? We’ll find out.

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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 Paction! We’ll also reward the best guest with our RESIDENT GENIUS AWARD.


USC v Arizona State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

ARIZONA STATE @ #20 USC

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 9:00 AM, FOX

SEASON RECORD: ASU (0-0) / USC (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: USC holds the all-time record over ASU at 22-13

NOTES: Jayden Daniels was injured last season and missed out on Arizona State’s nearly successful comeback against USC, who missed the latter half of the game due to his own injury after setting the Trojans up with four touchdowns thrown. Now, we get to see these two much-hyped quarterbacks in week one at 9 AM.

Will the Trojan offense be too much for the Sun Devil defense? Or will ASU continue their streak of keeping it close to set up a game-winning drive from Daniels?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Arizona State
    (46 votes)
  • 65%
    USC
    (89 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Arizona State (+10.5)
    (95 votes)
  • 12%
    USC (-10.5)
    (14 votes)
109 votes total Vote Now

NCAA Football: Utah at Arizona Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

ARIZONA @ UTAH

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 12:30 PM, ESPN 2

SEASON RECORD: UA (0-0) / UU (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Utah leads the series against Arizona with a 24-19-2 record. They enter Saturday’s matchup having won their last four games against the Wildcats.

NOTES: Utah is losing a lot of talent from their PAC-12 South winning team on both offense and defense. However, Kyle Whittingham has earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to managing a competent roster. Kevin Sumlin, on the other hand, is hoping to redeem his reputation at the University of Arizona by taking advantage of a weakened Utah with their promising young quarterback Grant Gunnell.

Will Utah continue their course toward another PAC-12 Championship game appearance? Or will Arizona shock the nation by being a competent football team?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Arizona
    (9 votes)
  • 91%
    Utah
    (103 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Arizona (+14)
    (35 votes)
  • 61%
    Utah (-14)
    (56 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now

NCAA Football: Colorado at UCLA Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA @ COLORADO

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN 2

SEASON RECORD: UCLA (0-0) / CU (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: UCLA holds an 11-4 record over Colorado.

NOTES: Both these teams are likely to be really bad this season. Colorado has a new coach, a frighteningly new quarterback, and a new week one opponent that could be the perfect stepping stone on their path to legitimacy. Mel Tucker still isn’t very popular in Colorado, but his recruiting strategy of adding beef to the roster should help out the Buffaloes this season. And as far as UCLA is concerned, nobody knows what Chip Kelly is trying to achieve with the Bruins. besides running up an impressive grocery bill.

Will Karl Dorrell gain momentum by starting 2020 off with a win? Or can Chip Kelly pause his game of 20-dimensional chess to focus on winning an opener?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    UCLA
    (98 votes)
  • 25%
    Colorado
    (33 votes)
131 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    UCLA (-6.5)
    (57 votes)
  • 47%
    Colorado (+6.5)
    (51 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now

NCAA Football: Oregon at Stanford Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

STANFORD @ #12 OREGON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4:30 PM, ABC

SEASON RECORD: STAN (0-0) / UO (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Stanford leads the overall series against Oregon, 49-33-1.

NOTES: Let me start by saying there is always reason to panic as an Oregon fan, especially before week one of a very strange season. That being said, the Ducks are entering this game in a much better spot than the Cardinal. David Shaw will be David Shaw, even if his talent doesn’t suit the typical Stanford style of offense. But Stanford doesn’t have a McCaffrey-factor on the team anymore, and it seems unlikely that this will resemble the powerhouse battles of the Chip Kelly era.

Will the Ducks blow past the Cardinal? Or is there still some magic in that old David Shaw?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Stanford
    (8 votes)
  • 95%
    Oregon
    (153 votes)
161 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Stanford (+9)
    (17 votes)
  • 87%
    Oregon (-9)
    (117 votes)
134 votes total Vote Now

NCAA Football: Washington State at Oregon State Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON STATE @ OREGON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:30 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: WSU (0-0) / OSU (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Cougs and Beavs have played 104 games of football. Wazzu holds the lead at 54-47-3 and has beaten Oregon State in their last six matchups.

NOTES: The shortened practice time will hurt Nick Rolovich’s Washington State Cougars more than most in the PAC-12. The run-and-shoot has the potential to fill the niche that Leach left in the conference, but it is an offense that needs time to install. Meanwhile, Jonathan Smith seems to be the man to bring back the Beavers to their former glory. This likely isn’t the year that the Beavs slay another giant, but they definitely have a shot at cleaning up PAC-12 bottom-dwellers like the Cougs.

Now that Leach is gone, can the Beavers finally get the Cougs off their backs? Or will Rolovich start his Cougar career with a win?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Washington State
    (25 votes)
  • 81%
    Oregon State
    (111 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Washington State (+1.5)
    (21 votes)
  • 81%
    Oregon State (-1.5)
    (90 votes)
111 votes total Vote Now

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

Include:

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