Picking the Pac: Week 10

Kenjon Barner (US Presswire)

Kenjon Barner and undefeated Oregon will hold off USC, while Washington and Utah will continue their late-season surges.

Last week: 4-2 straight up, 3-3 against the spread
Season to date: 45-20 straight up, 31-28 against the spread

Friday
Washington (+4) 28, California 13 –
It was going to be ugly, but now that the Golden Bears' top player in receiver Keenan Allen is sidelined with a minor knee injury, might I suggest a trip to the multiplex for your Friday night instead? The Huskies are now in position to sneak away with an eight-win regular season, and can load up the box without having to worry about Allen, who has 12 of Cal's 29 touchdown receptions the last two seasons.

Saturday
Stanford (-28) 38, Colorado 7 –
Seriously, Larry Scott, take a five minute break from trying to get the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV and institute a mercy rule for the poor Buffs.

Utah (-11) 28, Washington State 14 – As they proved last Saturday night against Cal, the Utes are very adept at beating lousy teams. And Washington State, which ranks last nationally in sacks allowed, 11th in the Pac-12 in turnover margin, and near the bottom of plenty of other categories, certainly qualifies.

Oregon 38, USC (+8) 35 – Incredibly tempted to take the Trojans because Marqise Lee and Robert Woods will again shred the Ducks' secondary, but USC is so undisciplined that penalties and turnovers will scuttle the upset bid.

UCLA (-3) 42, Arizona 31 – The winner controls their destiny in the Pac-12 South, and the Bruins are simply the more complete team right now. For a guy who leads the Pac-12 in rushing and ranks seventh nationally, doesn't it seem like running back Johnathan Franklin is completely unknown outside of Westwood?

Oregon State (-3.5) 21, Arizona State 17 – Who expected a quarterback controversy in week 10? Sean Mannion threw four interceptions in last week's loss at Washington, three in Husky territory, one in the red zone that took at least a field goal off the board in the 20-17 loss. With continued stout defense and better ball security from Cody Vaz, the Beavers will hold off the Sun Devils, who have been exposed the last two games.

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan

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