Last week was fairly middling for our picks, as Scott and Jack both went 3-3 with losing Locks. I made up some ground on the two of them with a 4-2 record and winning Lock, but it's hard to take much credit for Stanford looking pitiful against Washington State.
This week, we're one for all and all for one. Even though we made our picks independently, we all went with the same six picks.
Here they are:
Washington at Cal (-4)
Jack: Washington. I can see no reason to pick Cal.
Jacob: Washington. This game matches up two of the worst teams in the conference: Cal and road Washington. Home Washington has been great, though, and I think the Keenan Allen-less Bears will make the Huskies feel right at home in Berkeley.
Scott: Washington. Like I said last week, I have no reason to believe that Cal will win another game this season.
Stanford (-28) at Colorado
Jack: Stanford. You really didn't think I was going to pick Colorado, did you? Score: Stanford 38, Colorado 7.
Jacob: Stanford. There are very few teams I think Stanford can score 28 points against, let alone beat by 28. Colorado is one of those teams. As bad as Stanford's offense has looked, Colorado has been worse, and the Buffaloes can't even stay close (they are 1-7 against the spread). Score: Stanford 38, Colorado 6.
Scott: Stanford. The Kevin Hogan Show will take a backseat to the Stepfan Taylor Show this week. Score: Stanford 42, Colorado 13.
Washington State at Utah (-11.5)
Jack: Washington State. I think Jeff Tuel is clearly the answer for the Cougars at quarterback, and I expect them to play fairly well down the stretch.
Jacob: Washington State. The Cougars showed a lot of fight last week, and Utah (Reggie Dunn's returns notwithstanding) is not a team built for blowouts.
Scott: Washington State. I really want to believe that Stanford's near loss to Wazzu was the result of the Cougars figuring things out during the bye. We'll see.
Oregon (-8.5) at USC
Jack: Oregon. Free money, y'all.
Jacob: Oregon. One of my favorite statistical oddities of all time is the Colorado curse - every FBS team to play Colorado this season has lost the next week - and Oregon played Colorado last week. Unfortunately for USC, this curse is about the only thing I can see giving the Trojans a chance in this game. Reverse the curse!
Scott: Oregon. Did you accidentally delete the 1 in front of the 8.5? Either way - Ducks, Ducks, Ducks.
Arizona at UCLA (-3.5)
Jack: Arizona. This one's tough, but I liked what I saw out of Arizona last week and I'm willing to ride with them.
Jacob: Arizona. This game might very well end up 63-60. I'll take the team with the better quarterback (and the points).
Scott: Arizona. Wildcats prove that last week wasn't a fluke with a statement win on the road.
Arizona State at Oregon State (-4)
Jack: Oregon State. I think they get back on track against a reeling Sun Devils team.
Jacob: Oregon State. I can't abandon the Beavers after one loss. Playing at home against a demoralized Arizona State team should be enough to get Oregon State back in the win column.
Scott: Oregon State. I think the Beavers bounce back in a big way.
Lock of the Week
Jack: Washington. The fact that the Huskies get four points in this game makes this my most confident lock yet.
Jacob: Oregon. Oregon might be the best team in the country. USC has been disappointing. And now the Ducks finally have an incentive to run up the score? Yes please.
Scott: Oregon. I suppose we should root for USC, but I don't think the Trojans have a chance.