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Pac-12 Report - Week 5

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It's a rather light slate in the Pac-12 with four scheduled conference games for Saturday. We had the shocking upset of No. 8 Stanford Thursday night up in Seattle, as the Washington Huskies picked up that much-needed signature win, much to the chagrin of anyone (yikes, me!) laying that ever-so-tempting, and apparently very flawed, six-and-a-half point number. Let's hope everyone who took a bath on that Thursday game bounces back nicely with a big weekend in the Pac-12 action, and any other action.

Saturday - Oregon at Washington State (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m. ET)
Matchup Five-Star Game
Oregon at Washington State
When I look at this game, it screams to me most interesting of all the Pac-12 games, maybe not the 'best' matchup. It's a high-octane offense for Oregon against a Washington State team which aspires to be the Ducks one day. Head coach Mike Leach has to be extremely fond of the offense they run in Eugene. The Ducks are more than a four-touchdown favorite, but they still might be the play. Oregon is 4-0 ATS in their past four games away from Autzen Stadium, although just 2-5-1 ATS in their past eight overall. In addition, Oregon is only 1-5-1 ATS in their past seven on fieldturf. Still, the Cougs are not much better. They have a 0-3-1 ATS mark in their past four on fieldturf, and they're 0-4-1 ATS in their past five games overall. However, the big number to remember here is that WaZu is 11-5 ATS in their past 16 home games, and they've had some REALLY bad teams during that span, against team's with a winning record. Remember, a 40-10 win by Oregon would still mean a cover. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings in this series. If you like betting totals, the over has cashed in four of the past five meetings on the Palouse, and seven of the past nine meetings overall.
Saturday - Oregon State at Arizona (Pac-12 Network, 10:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Four-Star Game
Oregon State at Arizona
The Beavers are coming off an impressive win at UCLA last weekend, and they have taken down two Top 25 teams thus far. Now, they'll take it on the road again to Arizona, where they are a slight dog for the third consecutive game. Will the Beavers get any respect? Do they deserve it? The answer should be a resounding yes. In the past five meetings at Arizona, Oregon State is a perfect 5-0 ATS, and in the past 13 meetings in this series, the Beavs are 11-2 ATS. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings, and the dog is 4-0 ATS in the past four. OSU is 3-0-1 ATS in their past four overall, and 3-0-1 ATS in their past four games against teams with a winning record. The Beavers are also 16-6-1 ATS in their past 23 games overall. So what's Vegas doing? Those crafty handicappers are almost daring you to bet the road team, right? Consider that Arizona is 1-4 ATS in their past five Pac-12 games, and 4-10 ATS in their past 14 games against a team with a winning record, and Oregon State almost seems too good to be true. I guess we'll find out at 1:30am ET or so.
Saturday - Arizona State at California (FX, 4:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Three-Star Game
Arizona State at California
Cal enters the weekend with a 1-3 mark, yet still finds themselves as basically a pick 'em at home against AZ State. The Sun Devils pull into town at 3-1, although they lost their only road game (at Missouri) two weeks ago. The Sun Devils are 0-4-1 ATS in their past five road games, and 1-4 ATS in their past five conference tilts. For Cal, they haven't fared much better, going 1-4 ATS in their past five games overall. However, they are 4-1 ATS in their past five Pac-12 battles, and more importantly, 21-10 ATS in their past 31 home games. In the past seven meetings in the series, the home team is 6-1 ATS and the favorite is 5-2 ATS. AZ State is 0-6 ATS in their past six trips to Cal, and 2-7 ATS in their past nine meetings.
Saturday - UCLA at Colorado (Pac-12 Network, 6:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Two-Star Game
UCLA at Colorado
Colorado had been absolutely atrocious through the first three weekends, but they came alive with a much-needed win on the road at Washington State last Saturday, 35-34. Still, is it enough to trust the Buffaloes to stay within 20 points of an angry UCLA team? Colorado is still just 2-7 ATS in their past nine games against a team with a winning record, and 3-11 ATS in their past 14 games overall (including last week's cover). In addition, Colorado is just 1-5 ATS in their past six games overall. UCLA has stubbed their toes against underachievers lately, posting a 16-34-1 ATS mark in their past The total trends are a little mixed, too, as the under is 9-4 in UCLA's past 13 games, and 5-1 in their past six games following an ATS loss. Meanwhile, the over is 5-2 in Colorado's past seven games following a straight-up win, and the over is 14-6 in the past 20 games following an ATS win. It might be best to avoid dabbling in the total.

  
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