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Pac-12 Football: Week 8 Preview

Your weekly preview of what's going on in the Pac-12.

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No. 20 California Golden Bears (5-1, 2-1 in Pac-12) @ UCLA Bruins (4-2, 1-2)

The Golden Bears have a chance to rebound from their loss to Utah coming out of a bye week. Meanwhile, the Bruins are hoping to rebound from their brutal loss at the hands of Stanford. Jared Goff gets a chance to face a depleted UCLA secondary, and we assume he reaps success.

Prediction: Cal 41, UCLA 31

Washington State Cougars (4-2, 2-1) @ Arizona Wildcats (5-2, 2-2)

Washington State has a chance to assert itself as being a legitimate force against a conference this week. The Wildcats need to win this hope they have any shot at staying alive in the conference standings, and with Anu Solomon back under center and a (presumably) healthy Nick Wilson, Arizona's offense should be able to make things interesting.

Prediction: Washington State 45, Arizona 42

No. 3 Utah Utes (6-0, 3-0) @ USC Trojans (3-3, 1-2)

This could end up being the game of the week. The Trojans look like they have some fight left in them despite falling to Notre Dame last week, and the Utes looked rather vulnerable through three quarters before finishing off Arizona State. Make sure to watch this if you're looking for a good Pac-12 battle.

Prediction: Utah 31, USC 27

Colorado Buffaloes (3-4, 0-3) @ Oregon State Beavers (2-4, 0-3)

The battle of the two worst teams in the conference actually makes for a better game than we probably realize. The Buffaloes had a chance to earn their fourth win with a strong showing through three quarters against the Wildcats, but weren't able to hold on. This week, we think they'll be able to.

Prediction: Colorado 35, Oregon State 27

Washington Huskies (3-3, 1-2) @ No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 4-0)

The Huskies have shown some resilience throughout their season in spite of their youth. Meanwhie, the Cardinal have been absolutely rolling, and there's no reason to believe it finds a way to fall in the midst of its exceptional run.

Prediction: Washington 17, Stanford 38