Pac-12 Games to Watch

The Pac-12 looks like it will be a very entertaining conference in 2015 and one where I will look to pick a lot of games against the spread. Here are five games I will look to be involved in this season:

September 25- Stanford at Oregon state: Stanford has an early season conference test at USC on national TV. Six days later they go up to Oregon State. Not a game you have to bet because Oregon State is going through a rebuilding process but something to keep an eye on early in the season.

October 22- California at UCLA: In a odd scheduling situation, UCLA play on Thursday nights in back-to-back weeks. They play at Stanford before hosting California. Stanford is a physical team that could wear down UCLA at the line of scrimmage. This could setup well for a California team that will look to play in a high tempo offense. I’m also high on California this season and think they will finish third in the Pac-12 North. The Golden Bears are off a bye week and I think they will keep it close in Pasadena.

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October 2 Football Picks

Once again I won’t be writing a post for each game I pick this week. I will do what I did last week with one article for the Thursday games, one for all the college football and one for the Sunday and Monday NFL.

I don’t have any official picks for Thursday so I will be making one NFL contest pick and one college pool play.

In the NFL I like the Packers -9 over the Vikings. Both teams are coming off impressive offensive performances. I think the Vikings are in a difficult situation coming off a big win on a short week. Teddy Bridgewater was impressive, but I think he will struggle in this game if he is healthy enough to play.

In college football, I’ll take Arizona +24 at Oregon. Arizona’s offense will put up numbers. I think Oregon will jump out to an early lead but Arizona will keep the game within the point spread.

Pac-12 Win Total and Standings Preview

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Stanford under 8.5 wins (+105): Stanford returns quarterback Kevin Hogan and wide receiver Ty Montgomery. However, there were some significant losses to David’s Shaw team. Running back Tyler Gaffney, who rushed for 1,750 yards last season, is gone. The Cardinal have to replace most of their offensive line. Defensive coordinator Derek Mason took the head coaching job at Vanderbilt. Stanford’s schedule is brutal. They host USC in week 2 and have trips to Arizona State and UCLA. They also play at Washington, Notre Dame and Oregon. Stanford will have a down year for their standards under Shaw.  Continue reading