For all you fans looking for one spot to find T.V. times and predictions for PAC-12 games, PACspread.com is the place for you. Each week, we will have a complete schedule for all 12 PAC teams as well as predictions for each game. Also, PACspread.com will make 3 predictions Against The Spread (ATS) for the betting junkies!All Times are Pacific (P/T)BOLD = featured game
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
4:15 p.m.: Northern Colorado at Utah PAC-12 Network (HD)
4:30 p.m.: UCLA at Rice 4:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
7:15 p.m.: Washington State at BYU ESPN (HD)
7:30 p.m.: Northern Arizona at Arizona State PAC-12 Network (HD)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
7:00 p.m.: San Jose State at Stanford PAC-12 Network (HD) / pac-12.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
12:00 p.m.: Nevada at California PAC-12 Network (HD) / pac-12.com
Postponed: Nicholls State at Oregon State PAC-12 Network (HD) / pac-12.com
1:00 p.m.: Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver) FX (HD)
4:30 p.m.: Hawaii at USC 4:30 p.m. FOX (HD)
7:30 p.m.: Arkansas State at Oregon ESPN (HD)
7:30 p.m.: Toledo at Arizona ESPNU (HD)
7:30 p.m.: San Diego State at Washington (Seattle, WA) PAC-12 Network (HD) / pac-12.com
WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS (ATS)
7:15 p.m.: Washington State (+13.5) at BYU ESPN (HD)
The battle of the Cougars. Washington State travels to Provo with a new man leading the charge. After Paul Wulff’s unsuccessful tenure, Mike Leach looks to have the same kind of success that he had at Texas Tech. Their first opponent is a fiesty BYU team that is coming off of a 10-win 2011 campaign.
BYU has the talent advantage, especially when the Cougars have the ball. Wazzu will have a tough time matching up with receivers Cody Hoffman (53 Rec, 821 YDs, 7 TDs) and Ross Apo (34 Rec, 534 YDs, 9 TDs), who will be catching passes from QB Riley Nelson, who threw for almost 2,000 yards and 19 TDs. The one question mark for the Cougars on the offensive side will be the offensive line, where two of the five lineman will be starting for the first time. The Cougars will also be breaking in five new starters to a defense that allowed a ghastly 32 points a game. They will be relying on an experienced secondary to help out a green front-7 transitioning to the 3-4. When the Cougars have the ball, expect some fireworks.
Now, when Wazzu has the ball, it will be interesting to see how well they can run Mike Leach’s famous air-raid offense. If Senior quarterback Jeff Tuel can sling the ball to his receiving corp, led by potential all-american Marquess Wilson, then this Thursday night match-up may turn to mayhem. Expect the BYU defense to be stout enough to hold off WSU enough to win the game, but not enough to cover the spread.
BYU 37, >>> Washington State (+13.5) 28
The Trojans will head onto the field Saturday with the biggest of bulleye’s on their chests: the number one spot in the AP poll. USC returns 17 starters, and to be honest, Hawaii just flat out doesn’t have the talent to hang with them.
Led by Heisman favorite Matt Barkely (39 TDs), receivers Robert Woods (111 Rec, 1,292 YDs, 15 TDs) and Marquise Lee (73 Rec, 1,143 YDs, 11 TDs), as well as Penn State transfer halfback Silas Redd, USC’s skill position talent is unmatched. On defense, the boys from the Coliseum are led by all-conference safety T.J. Mcdonald,and outside linebackers Hayes Pullard (81 tackles) and Dion Bailey (81 tackles). The only real question mark in regards to their team is depth. If injuries start to pile up, USC has inexperienced players throughout the two-deep. While the backups are still supremely talented, their depth may not be at a “championship” level.
In regards to the game, look for USC to put up points early, get the game out of reach, and the bring in the subs. For that reason, I like Hawaii at +41. Look for a margin somewhere in the 30s.
USC 48, >>> Hawaii (+41) 10
This game is the most intriguing among all the PAC-12 games this week. Yes, California is double digit favorites, but is seems that is undeservedly so. Nevada took a big hit in terms of offensive production last year, going from 574 total points to 412 after Colon Kaepernicks departure. Led by Cody Fajardo, who threw for 1,480 yards and ran for another 443 yards over his five starts, the Wolfpack have a promising team. California, meanwhile, appears to be a “frozen” program over the last 5 years. What I mean by that is that all improvement from Jeff Tedford’s squad has appeared to halted, and the Bears seem to even be on the decline. Sure, they made a bowl game last year, but their team seems to be surviving solely on the back of receiver Keenan Allen. California will beat Nevada, mostly because of the overall depth advantage over the Wolfpack, but this game will surely be closer than an 11 spread.
Cal 27, >>> Nevada 24
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Northern Colorado at Utah: The Utes look to start their 2nd season as PAC-12 members strong, and they should be able to. Look for Defensive Lineman Star Lotulelei (44 tackles, 9.0 for loss) to dominate in the trenches.
Utah 56, N. Colorado 10
UCLA at Rice: The Bruins look to move into a new era after Rick Neuheisal went 21-29 in his 4 seasons in Los Angeles. New coach Jim Mora will rely on senior Running Back Johnathan Franklin (976 yards and 5 touchdowns) to lead the team to victory against the hapless Owls.
UCLA 34, Rice 17
Northern Arizona at Arizona State: Similar to the Bruins, the Sun Devils are bringing in a new staff, led by former Tulsa and Pittsburgh coach, Todd Graham. ASU will start off with a win, but it will in no way preview what is to come for the rest of the year.
Arizona State 51, UNA 17
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
San Jose State at (21) Stanford: The game will be a snoozer, but it will be interesting to see how Stanford does without former Quarterback Andrew Luck. How well can Local Legend Josh Nunes fill the #1 overall pick’s shoes?
Stanford 45, SJSU 13
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Colorado vs. Colorado State: In one of our favorite local rivalries, look for Colorado to take home the victory, claiming state wide bragging rights over CSU for the 8th time in the last 10 years.
Colorado 27, Colorado State 23
Arkansas State at (5) Oregon: Oregon fans and coaches will get their first real look at Quarterback Marcus Mariota on Saturday. Arkansas State won’t make much of a game out of this one, but it will be a nice tune-up for the Ducks before they head into PAC-12 play.
Oregon 59, Arkansas State 14
Toledo at Arizona: The toughest of all the games in the PAC-12 to pick, I’m going with the upset. Look for Toledo to give new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and his 3-3-5 defense fits.
UPSET ALERT: Toledo 27, Arizona 24
San Diego State at Washington: The Washington offense will put up point against everyone they face this year, that’s a given. The defense however, is shaky at best. While new coordinator Justin Wilcox will improve the Huskies ‘D’, don’t expect any miracles in game one, as San Diego State will also point up some points.
Washington 42, SDSU 24