It's all Pac-12 games in week five, with a two conference teams taking the week off. This is when the season starts to get fun, and when pressure starts to ramp up. Here are our picks for week five of the 2014 season!
|UCLA @ ASU||Colorado @ Cal||Stanford @ Washington||Washington St @ Utah||OSU @ USC||Record|
The consensus is that it looks like UCLA will likely get ASU in Tempe, just because ASU will be starting a new quarterback. (Steven disagrees, thinking that ASU's defense will stop an up and down and injured Bret Hundley and Sun Devils backup quarterback Mike Bercovici will step up in the absence of Taylor Kelly.) With the game in the desert, it will be interesting to see if ASU can rally together and get a win.
Cal is on a nice path back to relevance, and they should blow out Colorado, especially in Berkley. The talent has mostly been there at Cal, while CU has been a rebuilding project for about a decade, if not more.
Stanford at Washington is interesting, especially being a divisional game, but I don't see Washington and their inconsistencies beating a smash mouth Stanford team. Being in Husky Stadium will indeed help, but the Cardinal still have a stout enough defense to shut down UW. Alex seems to think differently, but of course, he's a bit of a homer. It will be interesting to see if Cyler Miles can be productive for UW at QB.
We all like Utah at home, specifically because the game is in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Plus, it may have been to Utah's benefit that WSU played a tight game with Oregon, now the Cougars have the Utes full attention.
And everyone will be watching to see if the Trojans can bounce back after the embarrassment in Boston College. Sean Mannion is the kind of QB that could slice the Trojan secondary up, but OSU has been flirting with disaster all season, and going to the Colosseum doesn't bode well for the Beavers (where they haven't beaten USC since 1960).
Daniel is the river boat gambler of the squad, and it's awesome. Last week he had Cal (oh so close) and Hawaii winning, this week he's going with the Beavers over USC. If Mannion stays upright, then that pick may happen.
What are your picks? Do you see any upsets this week in the Pac-12? Let us know below!