The first full week of college football is finally here. 11 of the 12 Pac-12 teams are in action (the Arizona Wildcats are off licking their wounds from their week 0 loss at Hawaii). With multiple FCS/bad FBS teams on the schedule in week one, we have a lot of consensus among the Block U team.
The biggest game locally is obviously tonight when the No. 14 Utah Utes play at their rival BYU Cougars. Not surprisingly, all of us at Block U are picking the Utes to extend the winning streak to nine games over the Cougars. After an entire offseason of chatter about this game from BYU fans and players, I am ready for the game to be over and for the Utes to move on to their main goal of repeating as Pac-12 South Champions.
The biggest game nationally is the No. 11 Oregon Ducks against the No. 16 Auburn Tigers in Arlington, Texas. Most of us at Block U think or hope Oregon will win to give the Pac-12 a bump in their national reputation. The No. 25 Stanford Cardinal hosts the Big Ten West reigning champs the Northwestern Wildcats in another Power Five matchup in non-conference play.
The No. 13 Washington Huskies, No. 24 Washington State Cougars, Arizona State Sun Devils, and California Golden Bears were all unanimous choices for us at Block U and should have backups playing before the end of their games.
Brittany has the biggest upset pick of the group taking the Oregon State Beavers to knock off the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State has an army of transfers that could help them improve from their 2-10 campaign in 2018.
Ok, I have rambled enough, here are our picks.
Pac-12 Picks: Week 1
|UCLA at Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||UCLA|
|Kent State at Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State|
|#14 Utah at BYU||Utah||Utah||Utah||Utah||Utah||Utah|
|Colorado State vs Colorado||Colorado||Colorado||Colorado||Colorado||Colorado State||Colorado State|
|Oklahoma State at Oregon State||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Oregon State||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|Eastern Washington at #13 Washington||Washington||Washington||Washington||Washington||Washington||Washington|
|Northwestern at #25 Stanford||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford|
|UC Davis at Cal||Cal||Cal||Cal||Cal||Cal||Cal|
|#11 Oregon vs # 16 Auburn||Oregon||Oregon||Auburn||Oregon||Auburn||Oregon|
|New Mexico State at #23 Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State|
|Fresno State at USC||USC||USC||USC||Fresno State||USC||USC|