Week Five went a bit better with my selections, netting five of the eight, getting me to 17-17 on the year. However, just like the Utes, .500 isn’t where I’m aiming to be and Week 6 will hopefully bring a boost.
1] Washington Huskies (4-1, 2-0) —
Holding Brigham Young to just one score was a solid showing for the Huskies defense, as they maintain the top slot in the rankings. Washington was able to cover in Week 5, and should do it once more as they visit the Rose Bowl and win-less Bruins.
2] Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 2-0) —
Debated on dropping the Cardinal below the Ducks after their 38-17 defeat to Notre Dame, but remembered the head-to-head win, giving them the edge….for now. With Utah coming to town, the Cardinal have a chance to get a solid conference win.
3] Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) —
A good bounce back win for the Ducks, handing Cal their first loss off the season and giving me a cover. They now have a week off to prepare for the Huskies and get a chance to see what Washington has against UCLA.
4] Colorado Buffaloes (4-0, 1-0) +1
Buffaloes seemed to be in a struggle against the Bruins, in danger of handing Chip Kelly his first win in Westwood. That wasn’t to be as a surging second half helped Colorado take control of the game and hold the Bruins off, 38-16. An important conference game is up next as Arizona State is coming to town.
5] Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1) +1
Bouncing back from back-to-back losses at San Diego State and at Washington, the Sun Devils took care of business, routing the Oregon State Beavers 52-24, covering the spread. A tough road game is coming up for Arizona State, as they look to hand the Buffaloes their first defeat of the year.
6] USC Trojans (3-2, 2-1) +1
Went into the Old Pueblo and held off a late Wildcat run to net their second conference victory going into the Bye Week. With a game against the Buffaloes coming up, expect USC’s coaching staff to be glued to the TV for the ASU-Colorado game.
7] California Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1) -3
Cal wasn’t able to stick it with the Ducks, getting ousted 42-24 at home. Cal doesn’t have time to dwell as they will be making the trip to the 520 and a date against an Arizona side looking to build on their second half performance against USC.
8] Washington State Cougars (4-1, 1-1) +1
A nice home win against Utah gets the Cougars within two games of clinching bowl eligibility. With a trip to Corvallis coming up, they should get to within one after this week.
9] Utah Utes (2-2, 0-2) -1
Dropping to 0-2 in conference play isn’t a good sign for the Utes. A trip to Stanford on the horizon doesn’t help either, as Utah can realistically drop to 0-3.
10] Arizona Wildcats (2-3, 1-1) —
Nearly coming back to upset the Trojans at home, Arizona gets to stay put and hope they can continue the momentum against the Golden Bears, clawing to .500.
11] Oregon State Beavers (1-4, 0-2) —
Didn’t put up much of a fight in Tempe, and don’t expect anything different as Washington State comes to town.
12] UCLA Bruins (0-4, 0-1) —
Chip Kelly and the Bruins nearly pulled the upset against Colorado, but fatigue set in the second half as the defense was unable to hold Steven Montez.
Week 6 Picks:
#10 Washington -21 @ UCLA
#14 Stanford -3.5 v Utah
Arizona State +2.5 @ Colorado
Washington State -17 @ Oregon State
Arizona +2 v California