Pac 12 Picks Week 14
Arizona will host in state rival Arizona State Friday to battle for the Territorial Cup. It’s the first time since 1975 that the two teams will meet while both ranked in the top-15 and that was the only time that it has happened. Arizona State was in the playoff race until two weeks ago when they got upset at Oregon State. Arizona beat #17 Utah at their place last week 42-10 and have won three straight since losing their second game of the season. Both teams will rely on the passing game and I expect this game to be high scoring. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turn into a shootout.
Their will be a lot of exiting game this week, but I’m excited to see Notre Dame travel to play at USC. I think this game is the best game of unranked teams this week. This is the fourth time in the past five seasons that one of the two teams isn’t ranked when they play each other. From 2002 until 2009 one of these teams, if not both were ranked. Notre Dame had a promising season, but they have struggled since their loss to Florida State, losing three of their four game since that week. USC is coming off a blowout loss to instate rival UCLA. Both teams have relied on the pass more than anything and both teams have been awful on defense this season. I think this game will be a lot like the Arizona State and Arizona game. USC has been the hotter team lately and I will give them the nod in this game based on that and home field advantage.
37 #13 Arizona State at #11 Arizona 34
27 Stanford at #8 UCLA 34
42 #25 Utah at Colorado 17
27 Notre Dame at USC 30
42 BYU at California 24
38 #2 Oregon at Oregon State 21
31 Washington at Washington State 28