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Pac-12 Football Picks: Week Two

USC vs. Stanford highlight an intriguing Saturday of college football

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The second (or third?) week of college football is upon us and it features many underrated match-ups. The Beavers are of course hosting Minnesota, while wild fires and smoke threaten the game. USC and Stanford face-off in a battle of top-15 ranked teams and Utah faces BYU in the heated “holy war”. Check out BTD’s picks for this upcoming week and how we’re doing this season, so far.


  • Robert Ingler: 11-2 (last week = 10-1)
  • Marcus Russell: 11-2 (Last week = 9-2)
  • Brian Moore: 10-3 (Last week = 9-2)
  • Travis Johannes: 9-4 (Last week = 8-3)
  • Leo Castaneda: 9-4 (Last week = 8-3)
  • Joe Londergan: 9-4 (Last week = 8-3)

Saturday, September 9th (7:00 PM PT, FS1)


The Beavers have not looked great in their first two games. Beaver nation is hoping they turn the corner this week and get revenge for their opening season loss a year ago.

Brian J. Moore: Oregon State

Joe Londergan: Oregon State

Leo Castaneda: Oregon State

Marcus Russell: Minnesota

Robert Ingle: Oregon State

Travis Johannes: Minnesota

Saturday, September 9th (11:00 AM PT, Pac-12 Network)


The Colorado defense held the potent Colorado State offense to just three points last Saturday. That’s the same team that put up 58 against Oregon State. Let’s just say we are confident the Buffs will win comfortable against Texas State.

Brian J. Moore: Colorado

Joe Londergan: Colorado

Leo Castaneda: Colorado

Marcus Russell: Colorado

Robert Ingle: Colorado

Travis Johannes: Colorado

Saturday, September 9th (1:30 PM PT, FOX)

OREGON [1-0] v. NEBRASKA [1-0]

Mike Riley gets a shot at his former rivals in Eugene. Opinions are split, but Oregon looks like the consensus favorite.

Brian J. Moore: Oregon

Joe Londergan: Oregon

Leo Castaneda: Nebraska

Marcus Russell: Nebraska

Robert Ingle: Oregon

Travis Johannes: Oregon

Saturday, September 9th (2:00 PM PT, Pac-12 Network)

UCLA [1-0] v. HAWAII [2-0]

UCLA just pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks of all-time on Sunday against Texas A&M. Look for them to keep it up against Hawaii.

Brian J. Moore: UCLA

Joe Londergan: UCLA

Leo Castaneda: UCLA

Marcus Russell: UCLA

Robert Ingle: UCLA

Travis Johannes: UCLA

Saturday, September 9th (2:00 PM PT, Pac-12 Network)


Cal looked impressive pulling off an upset against North Carolina to start the season. They take on Weber State in week 2 and should show off some more of their re-tooled offense.

Brian J. Moore: California

Joe Londergan: California

Leo Castaneda: California

Marcus Russell: California

Robert Ingle: California

Travis Johannes: California

Saturday, September 9th (5:00 PM PT, Pac-12 Network)


Washington didn’t look dominate in their opener against Rutgers. It’s safe to assume they will look dominate against Montana though.

Brian J. Moore: Washington

Joe Londergan: Washington

Leo Castaneda: Washington

Marcus Russell: Washington

Robert Ingle: Washington

Travis Johannes: Washington

Saturday, September 9th (5:30 PM PT, FOX)

USC [1-0] v. STANFORD [1-0]

The biggest Pac-12 game of the week features a showdown of two elite Pac-12 schools. USC is the early favorite and has received a lot of hype, but Stanford looks awfully impressive, as well.

Brian J. Moore: USC

Joe Londergan: Stanford

Leo Castaneda: Stanford

Marcus Russell: Stanford

Robert Ingle: USC

Travis Johannes: Stanford

Saturday, September 9th (7:15 PM PT, ESPN 2)

BYU [1-1] v. UTAH [1-0]

The heated “holy war” returns to Provo, Utah. The Utes have won 6-games in a row in this rivalry, but could be tested on the road in week 2.

Brian J. Moore: Utah

Joe Londergan: Utah

Leo Castaneda: BYU

Marcus Russell: BYU

Robert Ingle: Utah

Travis Johannes: Utah

Saturday, September 9th (7:30 PM PT, ESPN)


Washington State faces an early challenge as Boise State comes to town. The Cougars are favored, but anything is possible when Mike Leach is involved.

Brian J. Moore: Washington State

Joe Londergan: Boise State

Leo Castaneda: Washington State

Marcus Russell: Boise State

Robert Ingle: Washington State

Travis Johannes: Washington State

Saturday, September 9th (11:00 AM PT, ESPNU)

ARIZONA [1-0] v. HOUSTON [0-0]

Arizona didn’t look impressive in their opener and will face a tougher challenge when Houston comes to Tucson.

Brian J. Moore: Arizona

Joe Londergan: Houston

Leo Castaneda: Houston

Marcus Russell: Houston

Robert Ingle: Houston

Travis Johannes: Houston

Saturday, September 9th (8:00 PM PT, Pac-12 Network)


Arizona State also under-performed in their opener and get a tougher test against the Aztecs.

Brian J. Moore: San Diego State

Joe Londergan: San Diego State

Leo Castaneda: Arizona State

Marcus Russell: Arizona State

Robert Ingle: Arizona State

Travis Johannes: Arizona State