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2021 Cristobal Predictions: Week 2 PAC-12 Picks and Schedule

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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.

In Week 1, the ATQ hive-mind chose the victor correctly 63 percent of the time, but fell on the right side of the spread only 46 percent of the time, meaning Mariotasmustache now owes a bad amount of money to a bunch of bad people. So let’s get this right this time while I still have a leg to stand on.

My advice: Be more like last week’s resident genius...

ATCQ

Ducks win 34 - 24

Fresno scores their last TD in garbage time to make the score look closer than it was, but still not a cakewalk as we fail to cover. Fairly workman-like effort from both offense and defense with solid sustained drives but not many explosive plays as the playbook remains fairly vanilla to both ease us into the season and not show too much for fOSU next week. Fans lose their collective shit over the closer-than-expected score, even though Fresno is legit pretty good and would knock off a few low-tier Pac 12 teams this year.

Brown does what is asked of him, throws for 260 and 2 TDs with 1 INT. Runs for an additional 40 yards, no rushing TDs.


NCAA FOOTBALL: JAN 12 College Football Playoff National Championship - Oregon v Ohio State Photo by Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No. 12 OREGON @ No. 3 OHIO STATE

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

SEASON RECORD: UO (1-0) / OSU (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Oregon Ducks have lost all nine of their games against THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

MM’s MUSINGS: What’s there to say, besides WE NEED TO WIN THIS FREAKING GAME IF WE EVER WANT TO REACH THAT FINAL LEVEL OF THE GAME! Throughout Oregon Football history, Ohio State has existed as a hurdle for the program, a hurdle that has left the Ducks crashing to the ground every time. Whether it’s a non-con game, a Rose Bowl, or a National Championship, the Buckeyes have been the boss battle that always sends the Ducks to a game over screen.

But, perhaps, not this time...

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Who wins?

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  • 65%
    Ohio State
    (159 votes)
  • 34%
    Oregon
    (84 votes)
243 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 40%
    Ohio State (-14.5)
    (86 votes)
  • 59%
    Oregon (+14.5)
    (125 votes)
211 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 26 Cheez-It Bowl - Cal v TCU Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

CALIFORNIA @ TCU

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

SEASON RECORD: CAL (0-1) / TCU (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: In 2018, TCU ended up the winner of a turnover-filled Cheez-It Bowl against Cal, making them 1-0 in the series.

MM’s MUSINGS: Here’s hoping we get another 2018 Cheez-It Bowl, in which the Golden Bears and Horned Frogs threw a combined nine interceptions. The game ended up being highly watchable, but would have been bettered with a bit of Yackety Sax in the background. Will Wilcox return to his winning ways when it comes to the non-con slate? Or will TCU make it 2-and-0 versus the Berkeley heathens?

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Who wins?

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  • 29%
    California
    (36 votes)
  • 70%
    TCU
    (85 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 62%
    California (+11.5)
    (67 votes)
  • 37%
    TCU (-11.5)
    (41 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football - Texas A&M vs Colorado - October 8, 2005 Photo by Rich Gabrielson/Getty Images

No. 5 TEXAS A&M vs. COLORADO

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

SEASON RECORD: TAMU (1-0) / CU (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Buffs have a healthy lead in the series, 6-3. Including a 35-34 victory in 2009, their most-recent meeting.

MM’s MUSINGS: The Texas A&M hype train has become a bullet train now that Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has the program recruiting at an elite level and playing competitively against top-tier competition. But Karl Dorrell, so far, has been full of surprises at Colorado. A win over a top-5 team would give Dorrell even more credit as a smart hire, though that may be too tough a task even in the friendly confines of Empower Field at Mile High.

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Who wins?

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  • 78%
    Texas A&M
    (83 votes)
  • 21%
    Colorado
    (23 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 37%
    Texas A&M (-17)
    (36 votes)
  • 62%
    Colorado (+17)
    (59 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now
Portland State v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

PORTLAND STATE @ WASHINGTON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 3:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

SEASON RECORD: PSU (0-1) / WSU (0-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Wazzu dominated their first two matchups against Portland State (as they should), 48-9 in 2008 and 59-21 in 2014. But in 2015, the Vikings pulled off the upset for the first of two FCS defeats Mike Leach would suffer while leading the Cougs.

MM’s MUSINGS: The Cougs have already pulled off one of their trademark moves by “Couging it” against Utah State last week, perhaps they’ll continue playing the hits by losing to an FCS team again.

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Who wins?

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  • 23%
    Portland State
    (27 votes)
  • 76%
    Washington State
    (90 votes)
117 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 18%
    Washington State (-29)
    (17 votes)
  • 81%
    Portland State (+29)
    (77 votes)
94 votes total Vote Now
1992 Rose Bowl: Washington Huskies v Michigan Wolverines Photo by Bernstein Associates/Getty Images

WASHINGTON @ MICHIGAN

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: From 1953 to 2002, Michigan and washington have played each other 12 times, four of those games were in the Rose Bowl which have been split between them. The Wolverines currently hold a 7-5 lead in the series.

MM’s MUSINGS: Though it would only help out Oregon’s cause to have washington beat Michigan this Saturday, we enter a win-win situation, because a brutal beatdown in week two would increase the chance of the huskies having another winless season.

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Who wins?

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  • 18%
    washington
    (27 votes)
  • 81%
    Michigan
    (119 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 15%
    washington (+6.5)
    (18 votes)
  • 84%
    Michigan (-6.5)
    (98 votes)
116 votes total Vote Now
Jason Johnson #10

SAN DIEGO STATE @ ARIZONA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Wildcats hold a 10-5 lead over the Aztecs, who haven’t beaten Arizona since 1979.

MM’s MUSINGS: The Wildcats looked better than expected against a brand spanking new BYU team, though they still ended up losing 24 to 16 in Jedd Fisch’s debut as head coach. San Diego State’s defense always comes to play, especially against the PAC-12, so the Wildcats will need to find some offensive magic behind Quarter Back Gunner Cruz if they don’t want to start the Fisch era 0-2.

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  • 50%
    San Diego State
    (46 votes)
  • 50%
    Arizona
    (46 votes)
92 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 50%
    San Diego State (+2)
    (42 votes)
  • 50%
    Arizona (-2)
    (42 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Liberty at BYU Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No. 21 UTAH @ BYU

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:15 PM, ESPN

SEASON RECORD: UU (1-0) / BYU (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Utah has dominated the Holy War, 59-31-4, and are currently riding a 9-game winstreak.

MM’s MUSINGS: BYU didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in their week one performance against Arizona, but, as they say, the biggest jump in execution often comes between week one and two. The Cougars will need to find some offensive threats if they wish to avoid being sat on by Whittingham’s team.

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Who sins?

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  • 15%
    BYU
    (15 votes)
  • 84%
    Utah
    (81 votes)
96 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 32%
    BYU (+7.5)
    (29 votes)
  • 67%
    Utah (-7.5)
    (60 votes)
89 votes total Vote Now
UNLV Rebelsv Arizona State Sun Devils Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images

UNLV @ No. 23 ARIZONA STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:30 PM, ESPN2

SEASON RECORD: UNLV (0-1) / ASU (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: UNLV won their lone matchup against ASU in 2008 by a score of 23-20.

MM’s MUSINGS: Marcus Arroyo may be in a little bit of trouble in Las Vegas. After leaving Oregon to take over the reins at UNLV for the 2020 season, Arroyo has yet to win a football game or even hold an opponent to under 34 points. Jayden Daniels is sure to get his in this contest, but perhaps the Rebels can put a scare in the Sun Devils with a surprise shootout in the desert.

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Who wins?

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  • 5%
    UNLV
    (5 votes)
  • 94%
    Arizona State
    (87 votes)
92 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 34%
    Arizona State (-34.5)
    (30 votes)
  • 65%
    UNLV (+34.5)
    (57 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Stanford at USC Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

STANFORD @ No. 14 USC

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

SEASON RECORD: STAN (0-1) / USC (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: USC leads the series, which began in 1905, 62-33-3.

MM’s MUSINGS: Ah, yes. The annual week two game between Stanford and USC. Stanford’s performance against Kansas State appears to be yet another red (or cardinal) flag, as the offense looked hopeless outside of a late touchdown. Then again, this early rivalry game tends to favor the underdog, and USC looked vulnerable against Fresno State.

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Who wins?

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  • 6%
    Stanford
    (6 votes)
  • 93%
    USC
    (92 votes)
98 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 43%
    USC (-17)
    (39 votes)
  • 56%
    Stanford (+17)
    (50 votes)
89 votes total Vote Now
Oregon State v Hawaii Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

HAWAII @ OREGON STATE

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

SEASON RECORD: UH (1-1) / OSU (0-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Beavers hold the lead over the Rainbow Warriors, 7-4, though Hawaii won their last meeting in 2019 by a score of 31-28.

Fun Fact: The Rainbow Warriors actually earned their name after a 1924 victory over the Beavers. Known as the Hawaii Fighting Deans at the time, the team decided to change their name after a rainbow appeared in the sky during the game which seemingly blessed them with the win. Now, it is said Hawaii will never lose a game as long as a rainbow is in the sky.

MM’s MUSINGS: Hawaii has long been a thorn in the side of lesser PAC-12 teams, as has Head Coach Todd Graham, so the real question is, are the Beavers a lesser PAC-12 team? Jonathan Smith has been the darling of the PAC-12 since he returned to Corvallis with washington’s offense in hand, but will he ever get the program above decent? A win over the Rainbow Warriors wouldn’t prove the Beavers are ready to win the PAC-12 North, or even make a bowl game, but a loss would definitely slow down the Beavers’ progress.

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Who wins?

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  • 17%
    Hawaii
    (17 votes)
  • 83%
    Oregon State
    (83 votes)
100 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 50%
    Hawaii (+11)
    (46 votes)
  • 49%
    Oregon State (-11)
    (45 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now

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