Do national pundits pick Utah to beat Oregon? What about USC-UCLA?

Calling it a great weekend in Pac-12 football would underscore the significance of the two conference games that will face ranked teams this Saturday.

With Utah traveling to Oregon (8:30 p.m. MST, ESPN) and UCLA hosting USC (6 p.m., Fox), there will be much more clarity regarding who will play in the Pac-12 Championship game after this weekend. end.

National pundits have weighed in on who they think will win these Pac-12 matchups. What are they predicting?

CBS Sports

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

Tom Fornelli wrote: “I don’t know the status of Oregon quarterback Bo Nix. He was bumped late in the loss to Washington, and there was no official word on his status for Saturday. (although the recent line move suggests he might be out.) Even if he does play, I don’t know if he’ll be 100%.

“Even though Nix is ​​fine, the Ducks have also suffered injuries on their offensive line, so there’s a good chance Oregon’s offense won’t be firing at full throttle. I expect him to rely heavily on his rushing offense against a Utah defense that’s struggling to stop the run, and the Utes have been more effective on the field themselves. All of which leads me to believe that this game won’t be as high as the total suggests.

  • Prediction: Oregon 31, Utah 28

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

Tom Fornelli wrote, “The first rule of Bill Walton’s Laws of Pac-12 Physics is that if there’s anything the Pac-12 can do to hurt itself, the Pac-12 will do it.” We saw proof of that last week when Oregon lost at home to Washington and dashed its college football playoff hopes. UCLA did the same later in the evening, stubbing their toe at home against Arizona. This means the Pac-12 has only one legitimate PCP hope left: USC.

“It means it’s time for Trojans to do what the laws of physics require of them. Now, because the science can be tricky sometimes, I choose to take UCLA and the points over the Bruins straight. After all, it’s entirely possible for the Trojans to win here and then lose next week to Notre Dame. Either way, I don’t trust the USC defense to cover.

  • Prediction: UCLA 41, USC 38.

USA today

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

  • Scooby Axson: Oregon.
  • Jace Evans: Oregon.
  • Paul Myerberg: Oregon.
  • Eric Smith: Utah.
  • Eddie Timanus: Utah.
  • Dan Wolken: Utah.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

  • Scooby Axson: UCLA.
  • Jace Evans: UCLA.
  • Paul Myerberg: UCLA.
  • Eric Smith: USC.
  • Eddie Timanus: USC.
  • Dan Wolken: USC.

“It’s pretty rare when all the attention of a college football weekend is on the Pac-12. That’s the case Saturday in Week 12 of the season with four teams still alive to play the Pac-12. league championship game – and there is an informal semi-final between the foursome,” USA Today wrote.

Athlon Sports

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

  • Steven Lassan: Oregon.
  • Mark Ross: Utah.
  • Ben Weinrib: Oregon.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

  • Steven Lassan: USC.
  • Mark Ross: USC.
  • Ben Weinrib: USC.

Launderer’s report

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

Morgan Moriarty wrote, “The Ducks offense has been hugely successful under quarterback Bo Nix. He ranks fourth in offensive scoring nationally, averaging 42.2 points per game. Nix is ​​in the top 20 in passing nationally, having thrown for 2,774 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions.

“Oregon will have to deal with a tough defense from Utah, though. The Utes rank 22nd in total defense, giving up 327.9 yards per game. Utah is also 10th in revenue margin, having collected 19 takeouts.

“This one should be tight throughout, and it will be interesting to see how Oregon responds after a tough loss.”

  • Prediction: Oregon 38, Utah 35.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

Morgan Moriarty wrote, “USC looks like the Pac-12’s last hope to get a team into the playoffs. If TCU stumbles, or two two-game conference champions emerge, the Trojans might have a chance. USC is 9-1 and will close its season with two ranked opponents in UCLA and Notre Dame.

“…It definitely looks like this game will be a shootout. If so, USC’s red zone defense could have the edge. The Trojans allow opponents to score on 76.2% of trips, tied for 18th nationally. UCLA, meanwhile, is 121st, allowing scores on 91.9% of possessions from the red zone.

  • Prediction: USC 38, UCLA 35.

Sports News

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 USC

Bill Bender wrote, “The Ducks’ loss to Washington dulled the shine of this game a bit, but the winner likely plays in the Pac-12 Championship game. Both teams are rushing for over 200 yards per game, and Bo Nix has a chance for another statement game. … We’ll trust the Ducks to avenge last year’s blistering losses to the Utes.

  • Prediction: Oregon 41, Utah 37.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

Bill Bender wrote, “Both teams are seeded in this game for the first time since 2014. The Bruins will test USC with a rushing offense that is averaging 240.1 yards per game with Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Zach Charbonnet. The Trojans also have a prolific offense, and Caleb Williams could have Jordan Addison and Mario Williams back, but the focus is on Austin Jones at running back. He replaces Travis Dye, and the Trojans put on another huge game with Notre Dame in rivalry week.

  • Prediction: USC 35, UCLA 32.

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