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Pac-12 Football Week One Predictions

August 30, 2018

Pac-12 Football: Week One Predictions & Previews







Utah vs. Weber State

Thursday, August 30, 5:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City

Pick: Utah in a Blowout Win


Big Sky powerhouse Weber State is ranked No. 8 in the FCS preseason poll, but don't expect them to give the Utes much trouble. The last time the Wildcats visited Salt Lake City, in 2013, Utah scored seven touchdowns in the first half, cruising to a 70-7 victory. It may not get that ugly this time, but the outcome won't be in question.

Result: Utah 41, Weber State 10


PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Utah def Weber State ✔️

—Type—

Blowout ✔️







#13 Stanford vs. San Diego State

Friday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. PT, FS1
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

Pick: Stanford in a Comfortable Win

Aztec running back Rashaad Penny stung the Cardinal last year, but when he left for the NFL, he took any real chance SDSU had of upsetting Stanford with him. Still, David Shaw knows better than to overlook a solid Mountain West team in what will be Stanford's only chance to put things right before USC comes calling. San Diego State will have its moments, but not enough to take down the Tree.


Result: Stanford 31, San Diego State, 10


PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Stanford def San Diego State ✔️

—Type—
Comfortable ✔️








Colorado vs.  Colorado State
Friday, August 21, 6:30 p.m., PT, CBSSN
Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO

Pick: Colorado in a Close Win

Watching your first opponent play its first game has its advantages, but while the Buffs were scouting CSU's shortcomings, the Rams were getting better. This game will be close, but only because CSU has had a little more time to work out some kinks. Aside from winning, settling on Phillip Lindsay's replacement should be a key objective.

Result: Colorado 45, Colorado State, 13


PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Colorado def Colorado State ✔️

—Type—
Close 







Oregon State vs. #5 Ohio State
Saturday, September 1, 9:00 a.m. PT, ABC
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Pick: Ohio State in a Blowout Win


Close your eyes and imagine the Beavers celebrating on the Ohio State 'O' at the center of a silent stadium. I guarantee you OSU coach Jonathan Smith and his players have done that. But shocking the college football world will have to wait. The Buckeyes are just way too talented for the Beavs.


Result: Ohio State 77, Oregon State, 31

PREDICTION CHECK

—Pick—
Ohio State def Oregon State ✔️

—Type—
Blowout ✔️







#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn
Saturday, September 1, 12:30 p.m. PT, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Pick: Washington in a Close Win

For months, Husky coach Chis Petersen has read and heard about how important this game is for his team's chances of making the playoffs, and to the reputation of the Conference as a whole. None of that matters to Coach Pete, and that's why Washington will win: The Huskies will be focused and ready. But it's gonna be close.


Result: Auburn 21, Oregon State, 16

PREDICTION CHECK

—Pick—
Washington def Auburn 

—Type—

Close ✔️







Washington State vs. Wyoming
Saturday, September 1, 12:30 p.m., CBSSN
War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

Pick: Washington State in a Close Win


Despite losing quarterback Josh Allen to the NFL, Wyoming could pose problems for the Cougars. Playing at elevation can take its toll; Cowboy coach Craig Bohl is a wily game planner with three FCS national championships to his credit; and last year aside, Mike Leach teams tend to start slow. It won't be easy, but WSU will come home with a victory.

Result: Washington State 41, Wyoming, 19

PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Washington State def Wyoming ✔️

—Type—
Close 






California vs. North Carolina
Saturday, September 1, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA

Pick: California in a Comfortable Win

The Bears stunned the Tar Heels on the road last year, but no one will be surprised if they duplicate that feat in Strawberry Canyon. Just as important for Cal and second-year coach Justin Wilcox this time around will be setting the tone for what could be a breakout season. North Carolina may test the Bears, but Cal's improvement will be on display.


Result: California 24, North Carolina, 17

PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
California def North Carolina ✔️

—Type—
Comfortable 









#15 USC vs. UNLV
Saturday, September 1, 1:00 p.m. , Pac-12 Network
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Pick: USC in a Blowout Win


It really doesn't matter who the Trojans play in Week One because all eyes will be on JT Daniels. If the freshman quarterback's on-field performance even remotely lives up to the buzz his recruitment brought to USC, we're in for quite a show. Clay Helton would undoubtedly settle for a solid win, regardless of the theatrics, but he's likely to get both in a rout of UNLV.


Result: USC 43, UNLV, 21

PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
USC def UNLV ✔️

—Type—
Blowout ✔️




 




UCLA vs. Cincinnati
Saturday, September 1, 4:00 p.m., PT, ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Pick: UCLA in a Comfortable Win

No one—not even Chip Kelly—knows what to expect from the Bruins in his debut. The offense may not throw off sparks just yet, but UCLA will look different; that much seems assured. While the Bearcats don't appear ready to pull off the upset, they may not go away quietly. A two-touchdown victory feels about right.


Result: UCLA 26, Cincinnati, 17

PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
UCLA def Cincinnati 

—Type—

Comfortable 







#24 Oregon vs. Bowling Green

Saturday, September 1, 5:00 p.m., PT, Pac-12 Network
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

Pick: Oregon in a Blowout Win


You won't hear new coach Mario Cristobal say it, but Bowling Green is likely to prove less challenging than a scrimmage. It's a great chance for quarterback Justin Herbert to pad his stats for the Heisman race, but all that really matters in this one is staying healthy and getting better.


Result: Oregon 58, Bowling Green, 24

PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Oregon def Bowling Green ✔️

—Type—
Blowout ✔️







Arizona vs. BYU

Saturday, September 1, 7:45 p.m., PT, ESPN
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

Pick: Arizona in a Comfortable Win


The Cougars won't upset the Wildcats, but because they tend to be older and bigger—due to the time they take off for missions—some matchups could prove interesting. In particular, BYU's large defensive front could try Arizona's depleted offensive line. But the Cats will control the game, learning what they need to know, while Khalil Tate puts on a show.


Result: BYU 28, BYU, 23


PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Arizona def BYU 

—Type—
Comfortable 









Arizona State vs. UTSA

Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m., PT, FS1
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

Pick: Arizona State in a Blowout Win

If the personality of a team mirrors that of its coach, the Sun Devils should be wildly entertaining under the enthusiastic and unpredictable Herm Edwards. The Roadrunners could be the perfect first opponent to help ASU establish its new identity, enabling Edwards to reaffirm the confidence he's been instilling in his players in advance of Michigan State coming to town.


Result: Arizona State 49, UTSA, 7


PREDICTION CHECK
—Pick—
Arizona State def UTSA ✔️

—Type—
Blowout ✔️


*Close: Win  by 1-10 points; Comfortable: Win by 11-21 points; Blowout: Win by More than 21 points