Picking the Pac: Week Thirteen

Johnathan Franklin (US Presswire)

Four rivalry games highlight the last weekend of the Pac-12 regular season, but the real drama will be how UCLA decides to play Stanford, knowing they could play again in six days time.

Last week: 5-1 straight up, 4-2 against the spread
Season to date: 61-22 straight up, 44-33 against the spread

Friday
Utah (-23.5) 38, Colorado 10 –
Move along, nothing to see here.

Washington (-14) 34, Washington State 17 – Because of the pummeling the Huskies took at the hands of LSU, Oregon, and Arizona, this doesn't feel like the year where Steve Sarkisian broke through to the next level, but an eight-win regular season would be nothing to disregard.

Arizona (-3) 38, Arizona State 30 – Two first-year head coaches, two bowl seasons, two programs headed in the right direction. However, the Wildcats are just a little bit further ahead, especially at quarterback and on the offensive line.

Saturday
Oregon (-9.5) 35, Oregon State 20 –
So much for the biggest Civil War ever. Still, Oregon has an outside shot at the BCS title, Oregon State wants bragging rights for the next year, and that should be enough reason to track down the Pac-12 Network. Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton will make their share of plays, but it seems downright impossible that the Ducks can lose two games in a row.

Stanford (-2) 28, UCLA 20 – Tank it, Bruins! Short of seeing that Oregon State is cruising to a rout for the ages and home field advantage for the Pac-12 championship game is in play, do everything possible to let the Cardinal win. When it comes down to it, even the most ardent Stanford fan would admit a one-game playoff in Palo Alto is nowhere near as terrifying as it would be at Autzen Stadium.

Notre Dame (-5.5) 28, USC 17 – Raise your hand if you thought college football's greatest intersectional rivalry would have one team trying to spoil an undefeated season and BCS title bid. It seemed like a given, only that USC would be in the driver's seat for South Florida and Notre Dame would be trying to upset the apple cart. Now with quarterback Matt Barkley sidelined, the luck of the Irish will continue. The real drama is whether athletic director Pat Haden walks back his guarantee that Lane Kiffin will return next season if the Trojans are whipped.

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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