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Pac-12 Football Picks: Week Eight

A five game slate is in store for the teams of the Pac-12 in Week Eight.

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Friday, October 21st

California (3-3) v. Oregon (2-4) [10:30 PM ET, ESPN]

Ingle Win Probability Calculator: Oregon (51%)

The Golden Bears had a much needed bye week to follow up an overtime loss to Oregon State, a defeat which spoiled their upset win over Utah in the previous week and kept up California’s trend of inconsistency this season. If there’s a week to break their roller-coaster ways, you’d have to imagine that a home meeting with Oregon could be the best case scenario. The Ducks are coming off their own week off as well, after being thrashed by Washington at home by 49 points back on October 9th. Oregon will need a herculean effort to stop their skidding ways and attempt to contain the Golden Bears’ high-powered offense, that will have a piece missing with running back Vic Enwere ruled out for the season.

Marcus Russell: California

The_Coach: California

DavidMays: California

Robert Ingle: Oregon

Brian J. Moore: California

Donald B. Jordan: California

Saturday, October 22nd

Stanford (4-2) v. Colorado (5-2) [3:00 PM ET, PAC12]

Ingle Win Probability Calculator: Stanford (51%)

Stanford’s season looked like it was about to skid horribly out of control after back-to-back losses to Washington and Washington State, both of which came in eerily similar score-lines (44-6, 42-16). The defeats highlighted some of the inconsistencies plaguing this Cardinal team and it's been a gradual process for head coach David Shaw to plug the dam, as the weight of expectations grow. Stanford found it’s way past a fading Notre Dame squad by only a one touchdown margin and they enter this contest with Colorado still unpolished offensively. To add insult to injury, the questions now surround star Christian McCaffrey’s health for this one only magnify an indifferent Stanford group. The Cardinal will have to conjure a crisp offensive display to lessen one of the toughest offensive teams in the conference in Colorado.

Marcus Russell: Stanford

The_Coach: Colorado

DavidMays: Stanford

Robert Ingle: Stanford

Brian J. Moore: Colorado

Donald B. Jordan: Colorado

Saturday, October 22nd

UCLA (3-4) v. #19 Utah (6-1) [4:00 PM ET, FOX]

Ingle Win Probability Calculator: Utah (58%)

Probably the most intriguing game on the upcoming slate for the Pac-12, both Utah and UCLA have been suceptible to low-scoring, grind-it-out affairs, meaning this showdown could go quickly in all kinds of strange directions. For the Bruins, it's been a rash of haphazard defensive showings and inconsistent offensive series, which were prevalent both with and without quarterback Josh Rosen. For the Utes, it's been a season of playing with fire and somehow (mostly), coming out unscaved. Does head coach Kyle Whittingham’s squad have another four quarters of “tough as nails” football left inside them? Or will UCLA finally become the team they were hyped up to be in all off-season long?

Marcus Russell: UCLA

The_Coach: Utah

DavidMays: UCLA

Robert Ingle: Utah

Brian J. Moore: UCLA

Donald B. Jordan: Utah

Saturday, October 22nd

#5 Washington (6-0) v. Oregon State (2-4) [6:30 PM ET, PAC12]

Ingle Win Probability Calculator: Washington (83%)

The Beavers face a daunting task on Saturday, as they travel up the road to Washington to face one of the country’s best teams with a third-string quarterback, Marcus McMaryion, in tow. As usual, we have you covered here at Building The Dam, with a load of pre-game, game-day and post-game coverage, leading up to and following this marquee match-up with the Huskies.

Oregon State vs Washington: What Do the Beavers Need to Improve On?

Oregon State vs. Washington: Preview

Oregon State vs. Washington: Q & A With UW Dawg Pound

Oregon State Football: Things We Learned From the Utah Game

Marcus Russell: Washington

The_Coach: Washington

DavidMays: Washington

Robert Ingle: Washington

Brian J. Moore: Washington

Donald B. Jordan: Washington

Saturday, October 22nd

Arizona State (5-2) v. Washington State (4-2) [10:00 PM ET, PAC12]

Ingle Win Probability Calculator: Washington State (55%)

The Cougars have suddenly emerged as a trendy customer in the Pac-12, as they’ve continued to churn out impressive wins since losing their first two games to start the season. Washington State suddenly looks like a program who can do more than execute the air-raid offense. Through their last four wins, head coach Mike Leach and company have locked down on the defensive side of things, allowing a more manageable 19 points per game to opponents and another strong defensive outing will be much needed against the Sun Devils. Arizona State may currently be in the midst of a sloppy three game stretch, but the potential for head coach Todd Graham’s guys to rediscover themselves on offense is there. To add some extra fuel to the fire, the Pac-12’s resident instigator in Leach has already rubbed Graham the wrong way in the lead-up to this game, when discussing the Arizona State head coach’s track record of being accused of “sign-stealing”. Let’s just say that Graham didn’t exactly like the way Leach tends to look at things. Oh, this one should be good.

Marcus Russell: Washington State

The_Coach: Arizona State

DavidMays: Arizona State

Robert Ingle: Washington State

Brian J. Moore: Washington State

Donald B. Jordan: Washington State