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Cristobal Predictions: Week Five PAC-12 Picks and Schedule

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Week five, staying alive.

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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 chose the winning PAC-12 team 60 percent of the time, however, we were just 38 percent against the spread. How am I going to retire on that? Do better.


Stanford v Washington Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

STANFORD @ #22 wASHINGTON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 1:00 PM, FOX

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The winner of this game will take the series lead, which currently sits at 43-43-4.

NOTES: Anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to washington football would probably assume their the best in the PAC-12, but those of us who have been staying up late to watch a potential beatdown of the huskies know that they’re lucky not to be 1-2 after a bogus call against Oregon State and a 21-point comeback against Utah. Stanford, on the other hand, has shown signs of life but is still overall a downward-trending program.

Will the huskies finally get what’s coming to them? Or will Stanford move closer towards my pre-season prediction: a one-win season.

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Stanford
    (14 votes)
  • 82%
    washington
    (65 votes)
79 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Stanford (+11.5)
    (40 votes)
  • 41%
    washington (-11.5)
    (28 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now
Arizona v Colorado Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

COLORADO @ ARIZONA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4:00 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: CU (3-0, 2-0)/ UA (0-3)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Colorado has dominated this series and currently leads the Wildcats 14 to 8. However, after winning their first 12 games against Arizona starting in 1931, the Wildcats are on a three-game win streak.

NOTES: Colorado has been one of the lone bright spots in the PAC-12 this season. Karl Dorrell has his team undefeated in December (I know, big whoop in 2020), and has the conference’s lone out-of-conference win with their victory over San Diego State last weekend. Arizona started the season with a close loss to USC, but has since looked hapless against washington and UCLA. Grant Gunnell’s status is still up in the air, so Arizona could be in for a long day.

Will Helton continue to fight off the haters with an unconvincing win? Or will Sumlin’s squad prove surprisingly competent in a game?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Colorado
    (66 votes)
  • 7%
    Arizona
    (5 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Colorado (-7.5)
    (53 votes)
  • 13%
    Arizona (+7.5)
    (8 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Cal at Oregon Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#23 OREGON @ CALIFORNIA

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

SEASON RECORD: UO (3-1) / CAL (0-3)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Golden Bears lead the series by just one game, 41-40-2. The teams first met in 1899, Cal won 12-0.

NOTES: Oregon’s defense has been deflated by the strange and terrible 2020 offseason, but Moorhead’s offense has kept the Ducks afloat. Cal is winless during this exhibition season, but has looked a little bit better than their 0-3 record.

Can the Ducks bounce back and tie the series? Or will Cal get their first win of the season while simultaneously lighting the ATQ game thread on fire?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Oregon
    (91 votes)
  • 12%
    California
    (13 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Oregon (-9)
    (48 votes)
  • 43%
    California (+9)
    (37 votes)
85 votes total Vote Now
Oregon State v Utah Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

OREGON STATE @ UTAH

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Beavers hold the series lead against the Utes, 11-10-1, but Utah can even the score with a win at home.

NOTES: The Beavers will once again take a chance on backup quarterback Chance Nolan, who has scored on every live snap he’s taken at OSU. Utah is also rolling with their second option at QB in Jake Bentley, who has twice as many interceptions (4) than touchdowns (2) in two games.

Will the Beavers add to their momentum with a win over a troubled Utah? Or will the Utes remember how to tackle before the season’s end.?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Oregon State
    (42 votes)
  • 50%
    Utah
    (43 votes)
85 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Oregon State (+11.5)
    (47 votes)
  • 33%
    Utah (-11.5)
    (24 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 Arizona State at UCLA Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UCLA @ ARIZONA STATE

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: UCLA leads the series against the Sun Devils, 21-14-1.

NOTES: It could just be 2020, but it appears that Chip Kelly is finally figuring out some things at UCLA—mainly that he should keep feeding Felton the ball. It appears that the running back will be ready to go this weekend, and hopefully we’ll see him against the Arizona State Sun Devils, who are fingers crossed ready to play their second game of the season after a last-minute letdown against USC in week one of PAC-12 play.

Will Kelly take advantage of a bizzaro season by adding to his Bruin win total? Or can Herm regain the firm?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    UCLA
    (57 votes)
  • 24%
    ASU
    (18 votes)
75 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    UCLA (+3)
    (46 votes)
  • 23%
    ASU (-3)
    (14 votes)
60 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 Washington State at USC

WASHINGTON STATE @ #20 USC

TIME/CHANNEL: Sunday, 4:30 PM, FS1

SEASON RECORD: WSU (1-1) / USC (3-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Trojans have dominated the series, 59-10-4.

NOTES: Wazzu has missed its previous two games due to COVID protocol. USC wasn’t able to play Colorado last week for the same reason. So the real question is, which team will be the least rusty?

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Washington State
    (21 votes)
  • 74%
    USC
    (60 votes)
81 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who covers?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Washington State (+12.5)
    (43 votes)
  • 34%
    USC (-12.5)
    (23 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

Comment below with your prediction for this week’s Oregon-California 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...

soddruntlestuntle

Time for PANIC.

Jermar Jefferson runs over and through our suddenly leaky defense, racking up 215 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Slaw has a fairly pedestrian game, with 225 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. But enter one Henry Katleman, Esq., in his first ever live-game experience to hit four field goals, including a 45 yarder with less than a minute to go to win the game.

Oregon 26, Oregon Ag 24.