Pac-12 Week 4 Previews: As Autumn Begins
Week 4 Match Up's
#17 Washington vs. Idaho State
Let’s start by saying Idaho State has no chance in this game. The Huskies have soared into the Top 25 thanks to an explosive no-huddle offense that has led to some big numbers for Washington through the first two contests. Idaho State is a perennial cellar dweller in the Big Sky Conference. Last year they finished 0-8 in league play and 1-10 overall. For context on how greatly the Bengals struggled, consider they lost to Portland State 77-10—and Portland State surrendered a record 45 first half points to Washington. This game will be over quick. Look to see a dominate performance owed by the Huskies
USC vs. Utah State
The Trojans tripped up against Washington State but appear to have righted the ship. Now can they put together strong back-to-back performances? Utah State, while having an explosive offense, poses no challenge for the Trojans. Southern Cal is expected to roll all over the Aggies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The USC offense looks to say awake heading into this one, the Pac-12 is a perfect 8-0 against the Mountain West this season.
#5 Stanford vs. #23 Arizona State
Arizona State's trip to Stanford marks the first time two Top 25 teams have faced off in the conference this season. The Cardinals face their second ranked opponent in as many weeks. This is the Pac-12’s game of the week. Fittingly, it will be Stanford’s quintessential test to see if they are for real and Arizona State’s measuring stick to see if they are ready for prime time. Both offenses feature enough playmakers to force tempo. It will be a good matchup and good, close game. But the scales will tip in Stanford’s favor.
Oregon State @ San Diego State
After a shocking and unbelievable loss to Division II Eastern Washington the OSU Beavers have turned it around and defeated Hawaii and then Utah in overtime respectively. They are now sitting at 2-1. They travel to sunny San Diego this week to face the Aztecs of San Diego State. On the other side the Aztecs are not fairing as well. They are 0-2 and looking for their first win of the season. (Granted, playing against top ranked Ohio State in your second game is really saying much for how their season will actually develop). The Beavers still will be too much for the Aztecs to handle. Oregon State looks to have the advantage and will win this before going into conference play next week.
Utah @ BYU
Another instate battle Utah has on their schedule this season. To open the season Utah beat Utah State. However, this time the Utes face a much tougher opponent. The BYU Cougars are coming off an epic thrashing of powerhouse Texas Longhorns. The Utes are coming off a heartbreaking loss Oregon State in overtime last week. Utah looks strong with a record of 2-1 which technically could easily be a 3-0 team. BYU at 1-1 may look soft on paper. But this game will be a battle. The outcome could go either way but the prediction is for the Cougars to prevail.
Washington State vs. Idaho
Washington State should have no problem dispatching Idaho. The Vandals have not won a game yet this season and are 0-3. The game is played in Pullman. The Cougars are on a two game win streak. (Which includes upsetting #25 USC Trojans). The Vandals are simply the lesser team. Look to Washington State to conquer Idaho handily.
#12 UCLA vs New Mexico State
The undefeated Bruins, after a come from behind shellacking of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln last week, take on the New Mexico State Aggies. The Aggies are 0-3 not much to see here but nice sidewalk o to run on. This game is played in Pasadena and it becomes no contest UCLA as the team will roll all over New Mexico State.
The 38 straight points UCLA scored is the biggest comeback by a visitor in the 90-year history of Memorial Stadium and the biggest in Lincoln since 1920. The Bruins look to avoid a letdown following the win after the death of the wide receiver Nick Pasquale.
Bye week: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon