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2021 Cristobal Predictions: Week 5 PAC-12 Picks and Schedule

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Where to watch and who to bet on in the PAC-12

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Time to find out if ATQ is mostly wrong or mostly right!

Make your prediction for who will win this week’s PAC-12 contest and who will cover. At the end of the year we’ll tally the total and find out if we know what the Hell we’re talking about.

This week we did especially well picking apart the PAC! The ATQ hive mind chose the correct team 69 (nice) percent of the time, and put money on the right pony 55 percent of the time with our picks against the spread.

This week we have two winners of the Resident Genius award, deal with it.

ATCQ

Oregon wins 42-3

The combination of a lackluster first half against Bony Strook, the start of Pac-12 play, the first game that will kick off under the lights (with some dupe unis as a plus), and most importantly, the return of a bunch of injured dudes on defense, will have us fired up from the opening kick as we dominate the first half. The amount of experience our 2nd team D already has allows them to hold tight in the 2nd half, not allowing any garbage time points.

Brown has a nice day, going 12/17 for 248 yards and 3 TDs, no INTs, while running for an additional 37 yards.

and

dirtbird

Flashback to 2009 vs cal

Brown breaks out, throws for 250 and 3 tds . Tight ends score 2 of them. Verdell runs for 125 and 2 scores. Dye has a long touchdown as well. TT hands the ball off entire 4th quarter, ducks salt it away. 42-3


USC v Colorado Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

USC @ COLORADO

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 11:00 AM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: Since first playing in 1927, Colorado and USC have battled on the gridiron 14 times. And the Trojans have emerged victorious every... single... time!

MM’s MUSINGS: The Trojans have already gotten their butts kicked by two PAC-12 opponents that they were heavily favored against. Is there room for three? Colorado’s offense has looked abysmal, but perhaps the Buffaloes can muster together enough drives against this sloppy USC defense to make a game of it. Now’s the time to get your punches in on the Trojans if you’re a PAC-12 bottom-dweller.

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Who wins?

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  • 88%
    USC
    (120 votes)
  • 11%
    Colorado
    (16 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 80%
    USC (-7.5)
    (99 votes)
  • 19%
    Colorado (+7.5)
    (24 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Stanford at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 OREGON @ STANFORD

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

SEASON RECORD: UO (4-0, 1-0) / STAN (2-2, 1-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Stanford holds the series lead 49-34-1, but the Ducks have won the previous two contests.

MM’s MUSINGS: As Duck fans, we all have that emptiness in the pit of our stomach that consumes us when we watch Oregon play Stanford. There are so many harsh memories attached to this game that it’s hard to believe the Ducks have a big advantage over the Cardinal’s defensive line, but it’s true and we do. Still, there’s always the chance the PAC-12 Gods once again decides the conference screws itself over.

So, in short, PANIC!

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Who wins?

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  • 92%
    Oregon
    (164 votes)
  • 7%
    Stanford
    (13 votes)
177 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 72%
    Oregon (-8)
    (116 votes)
  • 27%
    Stanford (+8)
    (44 votes)
160 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON STATE @ CALIFORNIA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 2:30 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Golden Bears have regularly wrecked Wazzu, evident by their 48-28-5 record over the Cougs.

MM’s MUSINGS: Let’s just say it: both of these teams stink. But someone has to win, and that winner will be in a much better spot than the loser. During bad seasons, it’s important to take advantage of the plausible wins, otherwise the pitchforks start coming out.

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Who wins?

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  • 17%
    Washington State
    (24 votes)
  • 82%
    California
    (113 votes)
137 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 46%
    Washington State (+7.5)
    (55 votes)
  • 53%
    California (-7.5)
    (64 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

wASHINGTON @ OREGON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 6:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The huskies are 67-34-4 against the Beavers. What’s worse, they’re also riding a 9-game winning streak against lil’ bro.

MM’s MUSINGS: Can you Ducking imagine how great it would be if the Beavers kicked the crap out of the huskies? It would deflate the Hell out of any momentum the mutts built up during their 2-game win-streak. Sure, we shouldn’t look past the Beavers becoming a serious threat to the Ducks in the PAC-12 North, but someone’s going to take a big conference loss and it would be more entertaining if it was washington.

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Who wins?

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  • 10%
    Washington
    (16 votes)
  • 89%
    Oregon State
    (137 votes)
153 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 10%
    Washington (+1.5)
    (13 votes)
  • 89%
    Oregon State (-1.5)
    (112 votes)
125 votes total Vote Now
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ARIZONA STATE @ No. 20 UCLA

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

SEASON RECORD: ASU (3-1, 1-0) / UCLA (3-1, 1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Bruins are favored in this game and have been the favorite for most of the history between these two teams, owning the record over the Sun Devils, 22

MM’s MUSINGS: Both teams are led by quarterbacks with a lot of hype but not a lot of success on big-time stages. This feels like a really important game for these two PAC-12 South contenders, and I suppose the Oregon thing to do would be to root for the Bruins to win to insure another quality opponent for the Ducks’ resume, but really I just want to watch a good, late-night PAC-12 game of chaos.

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Who wins?

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  • 15%
    Arizona State
    (21 votes)
  • 84%
    UCLA
    (118 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 24%
    Arizona State (+3.5)
    (30 votes)
  • 75%
    UCLA (-3.5)
    (91 votes)
121 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.

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  • Final score.
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