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Pac-12 Week 2 Picks: Bet On USC; Take Washington, UCLA With Points

We have one week of college football behind us, so it's time to delve into the world of predictions. Here are one fool's picks for Week 2 of the Pac-12, with all point spreads courtesy of SB Nation. All times PDT.


5 p.m. - Utah Utes at Utah State Aggies: The Utes opened their season with a shutout, and I while there is some potential to overlook one in-state opponent for the one looming next week in BYU, I think the Utes have what it takes to handle the Aggies. The pick: Utah (-7)


12:30 p.m. - USC Trojans vs. Syracuse Orange: The now No. 2 Trojans hit the big stage with a nationally televised game on ABC at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Seems like a perfect stage for Matt Barkley and company. The pick: USC (-28)

12:30 p.m. - Fresno State Bulldogs at Oregon Ducks: The No. 4 Ducks reached 50 points before halftime in their opener. Look for the scoring to continue against the Bulldogs. The pick: Oregon (-35)

1 p.m. - Wisconsin Badgers at Oregon State Beavers: It's not quite facing the Ducks, but look for the No. 13 Badgers to take out their 2012 Rose Bowl revenge on the state of Oregon with a whooping in Corvallis. The pick: Wisconsin (-7)

4 p.m. - Washington Huskies at LSU Tigers: In what is probably the game of the weekend for the Pac-12, Steve Sarkisian's team gets a big test. I think they can stay within three touchdowns of No. 3 LSU. The pick: Washington (+24)

4:30 p.m. - Nebraska Cornhuskers at UCLA Bruins: This will be a big test for redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, but in their home opener I think the Bruins stay close enough to No. 16 Nebraska. The pick: UCLA (+5)

7:30 p.m. - Oklahoma State Cowboys at Arizona Wildcats: It should be a tough battle in the desert, but look for the Cowboys to pull away. The pick: Oklahoma State (-11)

7:30 p.m. - Duke Blue Devils at Stanford Cardinal: The No. 25 Cardinal had a close call with a narrow win over San Jose State last week, but look for a rebound against Duke. The pick: Stanford (-15)

7:30 p.m. - Illinois Fighting Illini at Arizona State Sun Devils: ASU looks for revenge for their 17-14 loss to Illinois last season. The pick: Arizona (-4)

There were no lines for the three noon games (Southern Utah at Cal, Eastern Washington at Washington State, and Sacramento State at Colorado), so no picks were made.

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