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2021 Cristobal Predictions: Week 1 PAC-12 Picks and Schedule

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So it begins...

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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.

Last week, 95 percent of you correctly chose UCLA in their matchup against Hawaii. However, 51 percent of the site believed the Rainbow Warriors would cover, and that proved to be foolish. Do better! I’ve got bills to pay and bookies to avoid!


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 30 Weber State at Utah Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

WEBER STATE @ No. 24 UTAH

TIME/CHANNEL: Thursday, 4:30 PM, PAC-12 Network

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: Utah has won all four of their matchups against Weber State, the closest being a 37-21 victory in 2008.

MM’s MUSINGS: There’s absolutely no reason to believe that sure-hand Kyle Whittingham in his 200th year of coaching in Salt Lake City will lose to Weber State. It’ll be interesting to see what ol’ Andy Ludwig has up his sleeve with Charlie Brewer as QB - the transfer from Baylor who tallied 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns in four seasons in Waco - but otherwise this will probably be a lop-sided, boring game in which the Utes sit on the Wildcats.

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Who will win?

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  • 4%
    Weber State
    (1 vote)
  • 96%
    Utah
    (24 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now

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Who Covers?

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  • 50%
    Utah (-28.5)
    (12 votes)
  • 50%
    Weber State (+28.5)
    (12 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now
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SOUTHERN UTAH @ No. 25 ARIZONA STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Thursday, 7:30 PM,

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: If neither of these schools care enough to keep track of their records against each other then I certainly don’t care enough to figure it out.

NOTES: Another obvious week-one blowout, but can you imagine if the Thunderbirds managed to keep it close? It’d be on par for an ASU team that is burning out like a doomed rocket between the recruiting violations and the somewhat unwarranted amount of hype they received in the offseason.

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Who will win?

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  • 0%
    Southern Utah
    (0 votes)
  • 100%
    Arizona State
    (32 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now

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Who will cover?

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  • 75%
    Southern Utah (+45)
    (22 votes)
  • 24%
    Arizona State (-45)
    (7 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now
Northern Colorado v Colorado Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

NORTHERN COLORADO @ COLORADO

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

SEASON RECORD: UNC (0-0) / COL (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Buffs beat the Bears 41-21 in 2017 in their lone football game against each other.

NOTES: All we have to say is this: we’re going to be pissed if Colorado loses to ducking Northern Colorado. Back the PAC, unless you lose to an FCS team, then you’re dead to us!

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  • 1%
    Northern Colorado
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    Colorado
    (99 votes)
100 votes total Vote Now

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Who will cover?

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  • 72%
    Northern Colorado (+38)
    (66 votes)
  • 27%
    Colorado (-38)
    (25 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now
NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Kansas State at Stanford Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

STANFORD vs. KANSAS STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 9:00 AM, FS1

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Wildcats will be looking for some revenge for Stanford’s 26-13 victory in 2016, the only game of football played between these two schools.

NOTES: Stanford and Arlington, Texas, can you think of a stranger pairing? The shine has come off the Shaw bus, but it’s still technically mobile. The Cardinal is back to a run-first offense behind Austin Jones, but that was only half of the equation for their past success, and this season’s defense is severely lacking in talent. Kansas State will be looking to increase their conference draft stock with a win over the shadow of Stanford.

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Who will win?

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  • 55%
    Stanford
    (63 votes)
  • 44%
    Kansas State
    (51 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

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Who will cover?

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  • 58%
    Stanford (+3)
    (61 votes)
  • 41%
    Kansas State (-3)
    (44 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now
Fresno State v Oregon Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images

FRESNO STATE @ No. 11 OREGON

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Bulldogs won their first two matchups against the Ducks in 1981 and ‘82, but since then Oregon has tallied seven straight wins over Fresno State, outscoring them 263 to 195 during that stretch.

NOTES: This is it folks. The most important game in the world... until next week. I mean, Fresno State looked good in week 0, but that was against UConn. We’re better than UConn... right. RIGHT!?!?!??!? PANIC!!!!!

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  • 3%
    Fresno State
    (5 votes)
  • 96%
    Oregon
    (139 votes)
144 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 35%
    Fresno State (+20.5)
    (48 votes)
  • 64%
    Oregon (-20.5)
    (87 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now
San Jose State v USC Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

SAN JOSE STATE @ No. 15 USC

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 2:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Trojans are 4-0 versus the Spartans.

NOTES: If you ignore the talent discrepancies the Spartans and Trojans looked pretty similar last season. They both skated through regular season play, building an undefeated record until a more talented team came at the end of the season and put a whooping on them. Clay Helton’s trademark is his mediocrity, and a mediocre team with this amount of talent should be able to take down San Jose State. I wonder how many Trojan fans would trade a week one loss for a new coach?

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  • 5%
    San Jose State
    (6 votes)
  • 94%
    USC
    (109 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 33%
    San Jose State (+14)
    (34 votes)
  • 66%
    USC (-14)
    (68 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

OREGON STATE @ PURDUE

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: In 1967, the Beavers beat the Boilermakers 22 to 14 in their first and only contest on the gridiron.

NOTES: Even as a Duck fan, Jonathan Smith is hard to hate. He’s taken a team devoid of talent and turned them into a scrappy underdog that punches above their weight (just remembered they beat us last year. Never mind, I hate them again.)

In between three cancelled games the Boilermakers suffered four consecutive losses to end the season. Jeff Brohm has Purdue’s offense in a good spot, but maybe their suspect defense will allow Sam Noyer the Destroyer to get the Beavs off on the right step towards bowl eligibility.

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  • 61%
    Oregon State
    (73 votes)
  • 38%
    Purdue
    (45 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now

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  • 75%
    Oregon State (+7)
    (80 votes)
  • 24%
    Purdue (-7)
    (26 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Montana at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

MONTANA @ No. 20 wASHINGTON

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 5:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

SEASON RECORD: UM (0-0) / Uw (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Butt-Sniffers have won 17 of their 19 matchups against the Grizzlies. Though Montana did force a tie in 1929 and actually won their first meeting in 1920, the Grizzlies have scored just two TDs against Uw in the last 85 years.

NOTES: Hopefully washington loses, because it would be funny.

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  • 25%
    Montana
    (29 votes)
  • 74%
    washington
    (86 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 59%
    Montana (+23.5)
    (64 votes)
  • 40%
    washington (-23.5)
    (43 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now
NCAA Football: Hawaii at UCLA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16 LSU @ UCLA

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 5:30 PM, FOX

SEASON RECORD: LSU (0-0) / UCLA (1-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: These two teams have never engaged in a game of football against each other.

NOTES: Are we to believe Chip Kelly is back or that LSU’s 2020 season was just a fluke/Championship hangover? The Bruins looked good against Hawaii, but Hawaii doesn’t have half the talent of LSU. This would feel like a big win for the conference and would definitely add some much-needed momentum to the program. God help us if Chip rekindles his Oregon magic and figures out how to recruit to Los Angeles.

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  • 50%
    LSU
    (60 votes)
  • 50%
    UCLA
    (60 votes)
120 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 43%
    LSU (-2.5)
    (45 votes)
  • 56%
    UCLA (+2.5)
    (59 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now
Nevada v California Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

NEVADA @ CALIFORNIA

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

SEASON RECORD: UN (0-0) / CAL (0-0)

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Golden Bears hold the series lead at 22-3-1, however, the Wolf Pack has won the last two meetings against CAL in 2010 and 2012.

NOTES: This feels like a big season for Justin Wilcox. His non-con record and his transformation of Cal’s once-terrible defense earned the young coach a lot of respect, but it’s yet to be proven that the change will result in more wins. A loss to Nevada could have some Cal fans jumping off the Wilcox train.

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  • 16%
    Nevada
    (17 votes)
  • 83%
    California
    (88 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 21%
    Nevada (+3.5)
    (20 votes)
  • 78%
    California (-3.5)
    (75 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now
BYU v Arizona Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

BYU vs. ARIZONA

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

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: With a win in Vegas, BYU will tie the series, which started in 1936 and currently favors Arizona 12-11-1.

NOTES: You guys, I’m worried. This Arizona team has the potential to be very, very bad. As in 0-12 bad. It’s not enough to have the 12-0 record over the huskies, we need to make sure they also remain the lone PAC-12 team to ever go 0-12. A win over BYU seems very unlikely, as the Cougars were a potential playoff team (not really, but technically true) last season. Hopefully Sin City will give the Wildcats some sort of homefield advantage over BYU to preserve washington’s historical lowlight.

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  • 88%
    BYU
    (90 votes)
  • 11%
    Arizona
    (12 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 67%
    BYU (-12.5)
    (61 votes)
  • 32%
    Arizona (+12.5)
    (30 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 27 Cheez-It Bowl - Air Force v Washington State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UTAH STATE @ WASHINGTON STATE

TIME/CHANNEL: Saturday, 8:00 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK

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

HISTORICAL RECORD: The Cougs won the first two in the series, which took place in 1949 and 1950, but the Aggies currently hold the winstreak with a 34-14 victory in 1961 at Pullman.

NOTES: Nick Rolovich should already be fired, hopefully a loss to Utah State will quicken that process.

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  • 35%
    Utah State
    (34 votes)
  • 64%
    Washington State
    (62 votes)
96 votes total Vote Now

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Who covers?

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  • 41%
    Utah State
    (36 votes)
  • 58%
    Washington State
    (50 votes)
86 votes total Vote Now

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