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2021 Cristobal Predictions: Week 3 PAC-12 Picks and Schedule

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Good week for picking (apart) the PAC-12

Fortune Teller

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.

The week two results are in and it turns out the majority of us are pretty damn good at picking the PAC. When it came to picking outright winners, the ATQ hive-mind chose correctly 57 percent of the time. And when it came to betting on the spread we did even better by choosing the correct outcome 63 percent of the time.

Not only that, but this week’s winner of the RESIDENT GENIUS AWARD goest to...

Tim?

who had a scary close prediction of the Ohio State game...

Oregon 35, OSU 28: A NEW BEGINNING

AB wakes up early Saturday morning and thinks to himself, you know what I have been doing wrong, I haven’t been trying to be a larger and nearly as accurate Jeremiah Masoli, today I will do that.

KT is not only ready to play, he has been doing so many ankle strengthening exercises this week to his already genetically superhuman angles. He has the strongest ankles in the history of man for Saturday, which allow him to make even faster cuts, and actually cover receivers.

Sewell and Flowe make no sacks and 6 interceptions between them to show up the doubters. In the post game interview they say they wanted to make a statement today, but the rest of the season ‘we will do both’.


NCAA Football: Northern Colorado at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

MINNESOTA @ COLORADO

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 10:00 AM, PAC-12 NETWORK

SEASON RECORD: UM (1-1) / CU (1-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Buffs and Golden Gophers have met on the football field three times before (1972, ‘91, ‘92), and Colorado has emerged victorious in each contest.

MM’s MUSINGS: Both of these teams are riding off the momentum of near-victories: Colorado was just four points away from taking down No. 5 Texas A&M and Minnesota had a competitive game against Ohio State before the Buckeyes were ultimately able to pull away. The Golden Gophers are without star running back Mohamed Ibrahim, who suffered a season-ending injury, so perhaps the Buffaloes will be able to keep pace with Minnesota’s offense after putting up just seven points against the Aggies.

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Who wins?

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  • 42%
    Minnesota
    (51 votes)
  • 57%
    Colorado
    (68 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 43%
    Minnesota (+2.5)
    (43 votes)
  • 56%
    Colorado (-2.5)
    (56 votes)
99 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football - Idaho vs Oregon State - September 23, 2006 Photo by Allan Campbell/WireImage

IDAHO @ OREGON STATE

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

SEASON RECORD: UI (1-1) / OSU (1-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: Starting with a 3-0 victory in 1913, the Beavers have dominated this contest with 36 victories to only 7 losses against the Vandals.

MM’s MUSINGS: This long-forgotten rivalry reignites with a trip to Reser Stadium. Idaho, Oregon State, California and Oregon started the Pacific Coast Conference back in 1915, and though things have soured for the Vandals, who have since become the first FBS team to voluntarily drop to the FCS level, a win over Jonathan Smith’s squad would be a big boost for the program. Hopefully, the Beaver boys can avoid another embarrassing loss for the PAC-12 (looking at you washington).

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Who wins?

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  • 91%
    Oregon State
    (113 votes)
  • 8%
    Idaho
    (11 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 36%
    Oregon State (-24.5)
    (39 votes)
  • 63%
    Idaho (+24.5)
    (67 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 06 Washington State at USC Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

USC @ WASHINGTON STATE

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: USC holds a 60-10-4 record over Washington State, and has won 11 of the previous 13 match-ups.

MM’s MUSINGS: Is USC better off with an interim head coach or Clay Helton? Is Donte Williams a double-agent for the Ducks? If so, is it more advantageous for us for USC to win or Wazzu to win? Nick Rolovich has made some truly bone-headed decisions off the field, but his team looks somewhat confident on offense. Will that be enough to upset the upset Trojans, or will Williams have his team ready to coast to any easy win due to a clear talent advantage?

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Who wins?

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  • 72%
    USC
    (89 votes)
  • 27%
    Washington State
    (34 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 56%
    USC (-7.5)
    (58 votes)
  • 43%
    Washington State (+7.5)
    (44 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now
Sacramento State v California

SACRAMENTO STATE @ CALIFORNIA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 1:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Golden Bears and Hornets have played each other twice, and in those games Cal outscored Sacramento State 96 to 17 in Berkeley.

MM’s MUSINGS: Justin Wilcox’s spectacular non-conference record looks a lot grimier now that Nevada and TCU have stained it. The Hornets should be an easy victory for the Golden Bears... or a nightmarish start for fans in Berkeley.

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Who wins?

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  • 5%
    Sacramento State
    (7 votes)
  • 94%
    California
    (116 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 79%
    Sacramento State (+27)
    (83 votes)
  • 20%
    California (-27)
    (21 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now
Washington v Michigan Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

ARKANSAS STATE @ wASHINGTON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 1:15 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: There are no previous match-ups betweens these two teams.

MM’s MUSINGS: Here’s the point where we find out just how low this huskie slump can go. The Red Wolves have averaged 47.5 points per game in their two contests against Central Arkansas and Memphis, while the huskies have averaged 8.5 points thus far. washington still has a very talented team, especially in the secondary, and they should be able to keep Arkansas State’s two-QB system to reasonable numbers through the air. So the real question is, how bad is the washington offense? For our sake, let’s hope it’s 2008 bad.

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Who wins?

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  • 57%
    Arkansas State
    (78 votes)
  • 42%
    washington
    (57 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 79%
    Arkansas State (+17)
    (89 votes)
  • 20%
    washington (-17)
    (23 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now
Utah v San Diego State Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

UTAH @ SAN DIEGO STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4:00 PM, CBS SPORTS NETWORK

SEASON RECORD: UU (1-1) / SDSU (2-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Utes have a 17-12-1 record versus San Diego State and are currently riding a 5-game winning streak.

MM’s MUSINGS: Utah must have forgotten to say their nightly prayers, because that loss in the Holy War seemed inevitable after the first few quarters of the Cougars pushing them around on both lines. San Diego State is coming off a game in which they bullied another PAC-12 team in a 38-14 victory over Arizona. This should be a competitive game, and you can bet that the Aztecs will be giving it their all to start the season 3-0. Can the Fighting Whittingham’s get back on track before conference play?

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Who wins?

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  • 73%
    Utah
    (96 votes)
  • 26%
    San Diego State
    (35 votes)
131 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 41%
    Utah (-8.5)
    (46 votes)
  • 58%
    San Diego State (+8.5)
    (64 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now
Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch via Imagn Content Services, LLC

STONY BROOK @ No. 4 OREGON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 4:30 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: Pretty sure we’ve never had the pleasure of playing the Seawolves before.

MM’s MUSINGS: If the Ducks don’t beat Stony Brook then I will drown a sea wolf. This game should offer a lot of insight on where Oregon’s depth stands, especially at inside linebacker which has suffered a lot of lengthy injuries in the first couple of games.

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Who wins?

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  • 97%
    Oregon
    (139 votes)
  • 2%
    Stony Brook
    (4 votes)
143 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 31%
    Oregon (-42)
    (41 votes)
  • 68%
    Stony Brook (+42)
    (91 votes)
132 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

STANFORD @ VANDERBILT

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

SEASON RECORD: STAN (1-1) / VU (1-1)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Commodores and Cardinal have never faced each other on the gridiron.

MM’s MUSINGS: Was Week One an anomaly for the Cardinal, who looked lifeless in their 24-7 loss to Kansas State, or was Week Two the anomaly, when they kicked USC’s ass so hard they went and finally broke up with their mediocre coach? We’ll find out this Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Who wins?

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  • 89%
    Stanford
    (116 votes)
  • 10%
    Vanderbilt
    (14 votes)
130 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 53%
    Stanford (-12.5)
    (57 votes)
  • 46%
    Vanderbilt (+12.5)
    (50 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Northern Arizona at Arizona Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NORTHERN ARIZONA @ ARIZONA

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

SEASON RECORD: NAU (0-2) / UA (0-2)

HISTORICAL RECORD: These two teams have played each other six times, and the Wildcats have won every time.

MM’s MUSINGS: This is Arizona’s final shot at earning a victory (until the washington game on Oct. 22) and they better take it, because competition is about to get a lot tougher after this one.

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Who wins?

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  • 16%
    Northern Arizona
    (20 votes)
  • 83%
    Arizona
    (101 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 74%
    Northern Arizona (+23)
    (75 votes)
  • 25%
    Arizona (-23)
    (26 votes)
101 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: UNLV at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

No. 19 ARIZONA STATE @ No. 23 BYU

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

SEASON RECORD: ASU (2-0) / BYU (2-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: ASU owns the series lead 20 to 7, however, BYU opened up this series with back-to-back wins in 1935 and 1948 and are currently on a two-game winstreak after winning in 1997 and 1998.

MM’s MUSINGS: If BYU were a PAC-12 team (and not a future BIG-12 team) they would be leading the conference right now with victories over Utah and Arizona. Which theoretically would mean that this game against ASU would be a crucial PAC-12 South match-up. Hopefully the Sun Devils come out with that amount of energy, unlike their previous two showings in which they were able to coast to easy victories while looking so-so throughout the contests. Can Herm Edwards match the offseason hype? Or will BYU win the PAC-12 South?

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Who wins?

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  • 48%
    Arizona State
    (64 votes)
  • 51%
    BYU
    (68 votes)
132 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 44%
    Arizona State (-3.5)
    (48 votes)
  • 55%
    BYU (+3.5)
    (60 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now
Syndication: USATODAY Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sport

FRESNO STATE @ No. 13 UCLA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 7:45 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: Starting with a 7-0 victory in 1927, UCLA kicked off the series by building a six-game winstreak that stretched out to the year 2000. But the Bulldogs have responded well by beating the Bruins in their three most recent contests, including a 2018, 38-14 victory in Pasadena.

MM’s MUSINGS: Anyone who’s been paying attention to football west of the Rockies knows that this game has the potential to be a lot closer than many think. As we all know, Fresno State has looked pretty damn good thus far; they’re averaging 44 points while holding their opponents to an average of 11.3 points per game on a schedule that included the now No. 4 Oregon Ducks.

Meanwhile, Chip Kelly seemingly is at the beginning of a very promising season now that the Bruins have clobbered LSU. But was that Tiger team any good? Is Fresno State as good as Ohio State? Is UCLA a real PAC-12 Championship contender? This game is a must-watch for late-night PAC-12 fans.

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Who wins?

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  • 17%
    Fresno State
    (23 votes)
  • 82%
    UCLA
    (106 votes)
129 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 69%
    Fresno State (+11)
    (76 votes)
  • 30%
    UCLA (-11)
    (34 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now

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

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