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Pac-12 Football: Week 4 Preview

Five conference matchups headline the Week 4 slate.

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Conference play is in full force, here is our preview and picks for Week 4 in the Pac-12.

No. 21 Stanford (2-1, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) @ Oregon State (2-1)

Stanford is coming off of a huge win over USC seems to have completely placed any thoughts of faltering against Northwestern in the season opener behind them. It will be tough for Gary Andersen's team to combat such a talented opponent, and the Cardinal should come out of Corvallis with a win.

Prediction: Stanford 27, Oregon State 17

Nicholls State (0-2) @ Colorado (2-1)

While we can't completely put Colorado losing a game against a relatively unknown opponent past them, the way the Buffaloes have managed to notch two straight victories should come as a sign they will be able to comfortably win at home on Saturday.

Prediction: Colorado 44, Nicholls State 14

California (3-0) @ Washington (2-1)

While there are certainly other intriguing Pac-12 matchups on the docket this weekend, this particular bout between two North division teams should be a very good one in its own right. Both teams are seemingly growing before our eyes, however at two different points in the course of development: Cal is a veteran team on the verge of peaking, whereas Washington is still putting the pieces together.

The Golden Bears' experience will prove to be the difference in this one.

Prediction: Cal 31, Washington 27

No. 9 UCLA (3-0) @ No. 16 Arizona (3-0)

Is the perfect storm brewing for a Wildcats win this weekend? With the loss of cornerback Fabian Moreau and linebacker Myles Jack, the Bruins have now lost three defensive starters four weeks into the season. Meanwhile, Arizona may be getting Scooby Wright III back to face UCLA, and after being appearing invincible through the first couple of contests, true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen finally showed signs of being just that—a true freshman.

Expect a good one in Tuscon.

Prediction: Arizona 38, UCLA 33

No. 18 Utah (3-0) @ No. 13 Oregon (2-1)

Utah is 7-1 in its last eight away games, and—for those who remember—hung with the Ducks throughout a majority of their matchup last year. There won't be any magic from Marcus Mariota to bail Oregon out in this one, and not only have the Ducks shown their vulnerability through their first three games, but Utah has shown it is arguably the most balanced team in the entire conference.

Prediction: Utah 35, Oregon 31

No. 19 USC (2-1, 0-1 in Pac-12 play) @ Arizona State (2-1)

The Sun Devils pulled off one of the most memorable and improbable comebacks in Pac-12 history last year at the Coliseum. With USC reeling following an eye-opening loss to Stanford last week, will an opportunistic ASU team that's had to overcome demons of its own be able to pull off the upset for a second consecutive season? Or will the Trojans' superior talent turn out to be too much for the Sun Devils to fend off?

Prediction: USC 38, ASU 27

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