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Pac-12 Football Picks: Week Nine

Who are the “experts” taking?

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The ninth official week of college football is here and it features a slate of six new Pac-12 football match-ups. Coming out of the Beaver bye week, Brian Moore has taken over the title of preeminent Building The Dam Pac-12 picks poobah. Take a look at the updated scoreboard and the picks for the week.


Brian Moore: 49-13 (Last week = 5-0)
Robert Ingle: 48-14 (last week = 4-1)
Joe Londergan: 46-16 (Last week = 4-1)
Marcus Russell: 39-12 (Last week = 3-2)
Travis Johannes: 37-14 (Last week = 4-1)
Leo Castaneda: 35-16 (Last week = 2-3)

Thursday, October 26th (6:00 PM PT, ESPN)


Stanford rolled the schmucks 49-7 last week and may get caught looking ahead to match-up’s with Washington State and Washington (pretty please?). Can the Beavers slow superstar Bryce Love? Crazier things have happened under the Thursday night lights. A win here could do a lot to cement interim head coach Cory Hall as a finalist to remain next year and continue to ignite the Beavers and Corvallis with his energy....[Update 10/27] Though all at BTD will start the week 1-0, we all would have preferred 0-1...

Brian J. Moore: Stanford
Joe Londergan: Stanford
Leo Castaneda: Stanford
Marcus Russell: Stanford
Robert Ingle: Stanford
Travis Johannes: Stanford

Saturday, October 28th (11:00 AM PT, PAC12)


Cal is coming off a heartbreaking 2OT loss to Arizona while Colorado was shut out last week by Washington State. BTD seems to think that California’s demolition of then #8 Washington State gives them the edge through comparative analytics (fancy way of saying Cal > WSU > Colorado), but poobah Brian seems to know otherwise...

Brian J. Moore: Colorado
Joe Londergan: California
Leo Castaneda: California
Marcus Russell: California
Robert Ingle: California

Travis Johannes: California

Saturday, October 28th (12:30 PM PT, ABC)

UCLA [4-3] v. WASHINGTON [6-1]

Washington comes back after a bye week full of disbelief from their loss to Arizona State and the potential TKO from the college football playoff. They look to rebound with an injured secondary against UCLA and the chosen one...

Brian J. Moore: Washington
Joe Londergan: Washington
Leo Castaneda: Washington
Marcus Russell: Washington
Robert Ingle: Washington

Travis Johannes: Washington

Saturday, October 28th (2:45 PM PT, PAC12)

UTAH [4-3] v. OREGON [4-4]

With both teams on three game skids, the schmucks offense tries to get back on track versus a less-stout-than-usual Utah defense. Many football indices pick the schmucks but BTD are going all in on Utah...

Brian J. Moore: Utah
Joe Londergan: Utah
Leo Castaneda: Utah
Marcus Russell: Utah
Robert Ingle: Utah

Travis Johannes: Utah

Saturday, October 28th (6:30 PM PT, PAC12)


PAC-12 surprise team Arizona goes up against the Washington State Air Raid that hasn’t been clicking of late. This will be a high scoring affair with contrasting quarterback play and the winner may just turn out to be the team that scores last...

Brian J. Moore: Washington State
Joe Londergan: Washington State
Leo Castaneda: Arizona
Marcus Russell: Washington State
Robert Ingle: Washington State

Travis Johannes: Washington State

Saturday, October 28th (7:45 PM PT, ESPN)

USC [6-2] v. ARIZONA STATE [4-3]

The Pac-12 South is up for grabs after the Trojans have punctured under pressure. The Sun Devils look to further burst the bubble after consecutive wins against then No. 5 Washington and then Utah. USC may still be the favorite for now but Arizona State has the momentum...

Brian J. Moore: Arizona State
Joe Londergan: USC
Leo Castaneda: Arizona State
Marcus Russell: USC
Robert Ingle: USC

Travis Johannes: USC