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Pac-12 Football: Week 6 Preview & Predictions

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Conference play will bring out the best (and worst) in everybody in the Pac-12.

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Washington Huskies (3-2, 1-1 in Pac-12) @ No. 17 USC Trojans (3-2, 1-1 in Pac-12)

As wild as the Pac-12 has been just two weeks into full-fledged conference play, Steve Sarkisian's penchant for underperforming brings about a breath of fresh air, that is, for the other five teams in the Pac-12 South. Despite their youth, Washington went into the Coliseum and shut down the Trojans, pulling out a victory that once again alters the state of the Pac-12.

Final: Washington 17, USC 12

Oregon State Beavers (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12) @ Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 0-2 in Pac-12)

The Wildcats have floundered against the likes of UCLA and Stanford to open their Pac-12 slate, but will have the chance to get things back on track with a game against a Beaver squad that looks outmatched on paper. However, Oregon State is coming off of a bye week, and if they were able to find some continuity as a team during their time off, they may prove to be a tough out once again, or even pull off an upset in Tucson.

Predicition: Oregon State 24, Arizona 26

Washington State Cougars (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12) @ Oregon Ducks (3-2, 1-2 in Pac-12)

The Ducks appear to have come back to earth following a stretch of dominance in the conference. This week, they may struggle putting away a high-powered Cougars team, which is coming off of an off-week itself. If Washington State manages to pull off the upset here, it would be the nail in their season's coffin.

Prediction: Washington State 41, Oregon 45

Colorado Buffaloes (3-2, 0-1 in Pac-12) @ Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1 in Pac-12)

Since Colorado joined the conference, Arizona State has yet to lose to them, winning rather comfortably in each contest. Last season the Sun Devils lost their starting quarterback to injury during the game, but were still able to come away with a win. Although the Buffaloes enter with a winning record, there's no reason to believe the result we're all expecting doesn't come this week.

Prediction: Colorado 20, Arizona State 38

No. 23 California Golden Bears (5-0, 2-0 in Pac-12) @ No. 5 Utah Utes (4-0, 1-0 in Pac-12)

This is probably the most highly-anticipated conference fixture of the week, and deservedly so. The Golden Bears have escaped each of their last three games by one possession, but are led by the most dynamic quarterback in all of college football. Meanwhile, the Utes come in possessing one of the most balanced units in the country and enter after having a week off to follow their route of Oregon in Eugene. This should be a good one.

Prediction: California 24, Utah 31