BYU and Notre Dame face off in a matchup of prestigious programs in Las Vegas
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#11 Utah at #18 UCLA
Betting Line: Utah -3.5
UCLA proved they were for real after dismantling the Washington defense in an outstanding performance by Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Now they must take on the defending Pac-12 champions to see if they have what it takes to truly take over the crown. After a loss to Florida, Utah has made quick work of their opponents and hopes to keep that train rolling. Both programs have great offenses this season but the Utes have the edge on defense and that gives them just enough to pull out a close victory.
Prediction: Utah 38 vs UCLA 31
#21 Washington at ASU
Betting Line: Washington -13.5
The spread here feels too large given how much Washington has struggled in Tempe historically. The Sun Devils may be 1-4 but they're a talented team with similar playmakers to the offense at UCLA which gave the Huskies fits. UW's offense puts up enough points to win a close one but gives their fans a scare.
Prediction: Washington 31 vs ASU 28
WSU at #6 USC
Betting Line: USC -13
This is another game where the spread feels too large. The Cougs boast wins over Wisconsin and Cal and nearly upset Oregon until a melt down in the final minutes. WSU is going to give the Trojans a fright here and don't be surprised if they win this.
Prediction: USC 30 vs WSU 24
#16 BYU vs Notre Dame
Betting Line: ND -4
Despite a poor performance against the Ducks, BYU is a formidable opponent and has been battle tested week after week. Jaren Hall gives Notre Dame all they can handle as the Cougars score a big win in Las Vegas.
Prediction: BYU 34 vs Notre Dame 24
#12 Oregon at Arizona
Betting Line: Oregon -13.5
Arizona has sold out their stadium for the first time since they faced #9 UCLA in 2015 as the #16 team in the country. Expect the crowd to have a major impact in this one but the question is does Arizona have enough talent to hang with Oregon until the final minutes? Jedd Fisch has done a great job but Oregon's offensive line paves the way to a win.
Prediction: Oregon 44 vs Arizona 27
Oregon State at Stanford
Betting Line: OSU -5
Stanford has now lost 10 straight FBS games and have largely been uncompetitive in those losses. Oregon State is well coached and at this point it's hard to imagine Shaw putting together a scheme effective enough to win this contest.
Prediction: Oregon State 42 vs Stanford 30