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Pac-12 Report - Week 8

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Editor's Note: Joe Williams has hit 66% of his college football selections through seven weeks. Don't miss out on Week 8 Winners!

Big Ten · ACC · Pac-12
The Pac-12 takes a backseat to the ACC in terms of marquee billing and game of the week, but not by much. We get a UCLA-Stanford matchup for the third time since November. This game lost a little bit of its luster when Stanford fell at Utah last weekend, but then again, that might make it that much more interesting, too.

And any college football fan cannot pass up a chance to check in on USC-Notre Dame, at least during commercials of the Florida State- Clemson tilt. The Trojans have turned it around since the firing of Lane Kiffin, and a battle in South Bend is just as intriguing as ever.
2013 PAC-12 STANDINGS
Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Arizona 3-2 0-2 2-3 2-3
Arizona State 4-2 2-1 3-3 5-1
California 1-5 0-3 0-6 3-2-1
Colorado 2-3 0-3 2-3 3-2
Oregon 6-0 3-0 6-0 4-2
Oregon State 5-1 3-0 3-3 5-1
Southern California 4-2 1-2 2-4 2-4
Stanford 5-1 3-1 2-4 4-2
UCLA 5-0 2-0 5-0 2-3
Utah 4-2 1-2 4-2 3-3
Washington 4-2 1-2 4-2 2-4
Washington State 4-3 2-2 5-2 3-3-1


UCLA at Stanford (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)
The Bruins find themselves in the Top 10, and they are ranked higher (No. 9) in The Associated Press Top 25 poll than they have been since Oct. 30, 2005. QB Brett Hundley threw for a career-high 410 yards against California last weekend, and he might need a similar effort to take down the Cardinal. Stanford has won five straight games in this series. The Cardinal saw their 13-game winning streak snapped last week in Utah, but they still can protect a 12-game home winning streak this weekend. UCLA is 5-0 ATS in the past five games, and 4-1 ATS in their past five conference tilts. They're also 6-2 ATS in the past eight games against a team with a winning record. The Cardinals is 27-11-1 ATS in their past 39 games overall, and 19-8-1 ATS in the past 28 conference tilts. It's hard to see Stanford losing back-to-back games, but UCLA has looked awfully tough, and if you can get them at seven or more points, they might be a great play even though the Bruins are 2-6 ATS in their past eight trips to Palo Alto.

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Washington at Arizona State (Pac-12 Network, 6:00 p.m. ET)
The Huskies hung around for a little while last week, but were eventually outclassed by Oregon, 45-24. It was the second straight loss for the Huskies, after losing a close one at Stanford in the previous week. A trip to Tempe is certainly no bargain either. While UW is 6-2 ATS in the past eight games against a team with a winning record, and 6-2 ATS in the past eight conference games, they're just 4-9 ATS in the past 13 road contests, and 2-7 ATS in their past nine road games against a team with a winning home mark. AZ State is 5-1 ATS in the past six home games, and 4-1 ATS in their past five Pac-12 tilts. While they're 3-7 in their past 10 games against a team with a winning record, they are an impressive 5-2-1 ATS in the past eight home games against a team with a winning road record.

Southern California at Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET)
While this game doesn't have the same meaning as in years past, a win moves the winner to 5-2. That keeps the winner on track for a major bowl game, while the loser slips to 4-3 and they will struggle to just to turn in a winning season. The good news for USC is that they are expecting CB Anthony Brown (knee) back for the first time since Week 1. The bad news is that the Trojans have been blasted for 975 passing yards over the past two games, and with or without Brown, the Irish should look to exploit that. Neither team has been particularly good against the number, with USC going 3-8 ATS in the past 11 games against a team with winning record, and 0-9 ATS in their past nine road games. The Irish are 2-6-1 ATS in their past nine home games, and 1-3-1 ATS in the past five against winning teams.

Utah at Arizona (10:00 p.m. ET)
Utah stunned Stanford at home, and now for an encore they hit the road for Arizona looking to slay the Wildcats. The key for the Utes will be getting WR Dres Anderson the ball. He has five receptions for 50 or more yards. And watch out for the Utes if they have the lead at halftime. They have won 49 straight games when leading at the break. For the Wildcats, QB B.J. Denker is coming off a strong performance, throwing for 363 yards and four scores against USC. However, the offense starts and stops with RB Ka'Deem Carey, who has eclipsed the century mark in eight straight games. Some might raise an eyebrow seeing the Utes as a four-point dog, but they are 2-5 ATS in their past seven road games, and 1-5 ATS in the past six ACC games. Of course, Arizona is 2-5 ATS in their past seven, and 1-5 ATS in their past six in-conference games. Plus, the Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in the past five home contests. Lastly, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings in this series, and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings.

Washington State at Oregon (10:00 p.m. ET)
The Cougars hit the road for Autzen Stadium, and they're staring a 39-point spread in the face. Washington State has covered seven of their past nine against teams with a winning record, and they are 5-2-1 ATS in their past eight road battles. Of course, the Ducks are 10-1 ATS in their past 11 against teams with a winning mark, and 6-1 ATS in their past seven in Eugene. And the Ducks are 18-7-3 ATS in the past 28 Pac-12 games, so all of these trends might be a wash. In addition, we have conflicting series trends, too. The home team has covered six of the past eight in this series, but the dog is also 7-3 ATS in the past 10. The 'over' might be the best play, and it usually is with the Ducks against anyone. The 'over' is 8-2 in the past 10 meetings in this series.

Oregon State at California (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m. ET)
After opening the season with a loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington, it looked like doom and gloom in Corvallis. It has been anything but, as the Beavers haven't lost since. The black attack hits the road for Berkeley, and the Beavs are 7-2 ATS in the past nine road outings against a team with a losing home record. OSU is also 20-9-1 ATS in the past 30 road games. Cal has covered just eight of the past 28 games overall, and they are 5-16 ATS in the past 21 games against a team with a winning record. Cal has also failed to cover their past eight conference tilts, and they are 1-10 ATS in their past 11 at home. Oregon State is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings in this series, and 4-1 ATS in their past five trips to Cal. Plus, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings overall.

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