KVAL Predictions: Clinching the North & Sending out the seniors

KVAL Predictions: Clinching the North & Sending out the seniors

It's week 12 of the college football season.  The KVAL Sports team gives their predictions for the USC vs. Oregon and Washington vs. Oregon State games.

USC vs. Oregon

Tom: After watching the Oregon defense dominate one of the country’s best offenses last week in Palo Alto, the Ducks appear ready to absolutely UNLOAD on someone.  Think 42-3 vs. California in 2009 when they wore the Akili Smith circa-1997 throwbacks, or last year’s 60-13 demolition of UCLA.  There’s a chance it won’t happen this week against USC, but then again, there’s a chance that it could.  Either way, I’m going with Oregon to win its 22nd straight game inside raucous Autzen Stadium. USC: 24 Oregon: 47

Nick: All I did last week was pile more dirt on myself in the standings, that’s what you get when you go for broke. There is no more picking against Oregon for the rest of the calendar year. Matt Barkley may not think the Ducks are as good as they have been the past two years, maybe, maybe not. Fact is, Oregon is leap-years ahead of Southern Cal. De’Anthony Thomas goes for a hat trick of scores. USC: 27 Oregon: 51

Dirk: Trap game for the Ducks?  Oregon is coming off a big 53-30 victory over previously third ranked Stanford.  The Ducks have won three of the last four meetings with the Trojans and have scored a combined 100 points in back-to-back wins over Southern Cal. I don’t think Oregon will over-look USC.  The Trojans have too much talent. I think the Duck defense is playing extremely well and what it does against Matt Barkley and company will determine the game.  Stanford had given up four sacks all season long before facing the Oregon defense which sacked Andrew Luck three times.  USC has given up six sacks all season.  That ranks first in the Pac-12.  Look for that to change on Saturday. USC: 31 Oregon: 46

Phil: Because of the bowl ban, USC has not gotten a lot of attention this season.  But the truth is the Trojans are pretty good.  Their two losses (ASU and Stanford) have been pretty close.  Plus anytime Matt Barkley is back there, USC can win.  Oregon is coming off its best performance of the season and seems to be peaking at the right time.  The Ducks’ defense made Andrew Luck look like Sean Mannion.  Just kidding.  And their offense can score on any play.  It’ll be a shootout but the Ducks win.  USC: 38 Oregon: 54

Washington vs. Oregon State

Tom: This one is tough. It’s senior day at Reser, and for 17 Oregon State seniors, this will be their last chance to play in front of (what should be) a decent crowd in Corvallis.  Conversely, the Beavers have no running game, and their run defense might be even worse.  California’s Isi Sofele ran for 190 yards, bumping his average up to 102.9 yards per game this season.  The lone bright spot for the Beavers is Sean Mannion, despite the fact that he threw two interceptions against the Bears. Mannion passed for 247 yards in San Francisco and now goes up against the Huskies secondary, which is second to last in the Pac-12, giving up 272 yards per game.  In the end, it will be too much Chris Polk and Washington. Washington: 31 OSU: 20

Nick: I would like to say the Beavers can have a feel good moment in their home finale and send the seniors out in style and get some payback on the Huskies, but that would go against my picking philosophy that has failed me so often this year. Pick the Beavs to win, it won’t happen. Pick ‘em to lose, and be prepared for a win. Having said THAT, I am going AGAINST my failing philosophy and will go with the Beavs. (Look, it doesn’t have to make sense here) Washington: 24 OSU: 27

Dirk: Chris Polk must be licking his chops, knowing that he’ll be going against the OSU defense which ranks 11th in the Pac-12 against the run (183.7 yards per game).  It probably won’t matter who the Huskies start at quarterback (Keith Price or Nick Montana). I think this is a winnable game for the Beavers.  They are at home.  They should get up for the Huskies.  And Washington’s defense is terrible, giving up 34 points per game. But the Huskies are just better right now.  Washington: 38 OSU: 34

Phil: This game is pretty simple to figure out.  Can the Beavers slow down Chris Polk and the Huskies' running game?  The answer is no.  Can the Beavers run the ball against Huskies' defense?  The answer is no.  Having said that, it is senior day, and Oregon State would love nothing more than to revenge last season’s double overtime loss.  I think the Beavers will keep it close, but ultimately costly mistakes and the running game will haunt them again. Washington: 28 OSU: 21

The Standings

After 11 weeks, Tom is out in front with a 15-5 record.  He’s one game over Phil, who incorrectly picked the Beavers last week. He never thought OSU would have two redzone turnovers.  Nick and Dirk are still tied for last with five picks remaining this season.

1.Tom Ward: 15-5, (18.5), 2.Phil Milani: 14-5 (17.5), 3.Nick Krupke: 12-8 (17), 3. Dirk Weishaar: 12-8, (12).

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