The Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils head into their NCAAF Week 6 tilt as underdogs and must make a large jump to compete. They both play, with the Sun Devils at home and the Wildcats on the road, as part of a four-pack of games for Week 6 in the Pac-12. Let’s take a look at the slate.
Washington State Cougars +3.5 at UCLA Bruins; 59.5
The weekend’s first game features the Washington State Cougars on the road at the UCLA Bruins. The Cougars come into the game ranked 13th in the country and unbeaten. But oddsmakers have the Bruins as favorites. UCLA and Washington State are both coming off a bye in Week 5.
The Cougars beat Oregon State before the week off, while UCLA scored just a single touchdown in a loss to Utah. Washington State is not only the underdog but at +3.5 on the road. The total for this game is listed at 59.5.
The Bruins must pick up the offense, as Washington State has emerged as one of the top-scoring teams in all of College Football. The Cougars throw for more than 400 yards per game and get nearly 47 points.
Colorado Buffaloes -4 at Arizona State Sun Devils
For all the hype on the Colorado Buffaloes, the team is winless in conference play. Now, remember that Coach Prime and his Buffaloes have played both Oregon and USC—two of the, if not THE best, two teams in the league. Now, the Buffaloes will see a team a little more like them. The Sun Devils are having a tough season, with four straight losses.
Arizona State put some points on the board in their last two college football games, with 24.5 per game. The losses to Oklahoma State and Fresno State saw them score just 15 points.
Colorado is not a good team to struggle against offensively. The Buffaloes are going to score. They are averaging 34.2 per game while passing for 356.8 yards per game. Shedeur Sanders will be tough for the Sun Devils to run down. The defensive plan better be good because this could get ugly quickly in Tempe.
Oregon State Beavers -9.5 at California Bears; 51.5
This is a game to look out for. Oregon State is nearly a double-digit favorite, but the California Bears, especially at home, are tricky to figure out. The Bears will do everything they can to make this a sloppy game. If you throw out the Washington game, where they allowed 59 points, the Bears would be allowing less than 20 points per game.
Oregon State has only played one league game on the road so far, and that was a loss. DJ Uiagalelei and the Beavers’ offense will need to ensure they are careful here to avoid an upset and essentially end any chances Oregon State had of getting back in the title picture.
Arizona Wildcats +22 at USC Trojans; 72.5
This game is going to need as much Jayden de Laura as possible. Caleb Williams is welcoming him to town with his gaudy numbers. Williams was not overly pleased with his performance last week against Colorado, so look for motivation from the Heisman candidate. The Trojans are 5-0 but have a trip to Notre Dame next.
It will be a big task of Lincoln Riley not to allow his group to look the Wildcats over. Arizona is a team that is battle-tested. While they lost on the road at Mississippi State, they had a competitive game with one of the best teams in the nation last week, losing by a touchdown to Washington.
The Wildcats have shown an ability to play some defense, as they are 35th in the country in points allowed. Push comes to shove. If the USC Trojans want to be playing in the Pac-12 title game, they need to win this game, and they should do it easily if they have national title thoughts.
Week 6 Standings
The USC Trojans lead the way with a 3-0 mark. Three other teams have unbeaten records, with Oregon and Washington sitting at 2-0 and the Washington State Cougars at 1-0.
Four teams sit at 1-1 in league play. Oregon State, Utah, Arizona, and California. The bottom four teams in the league have yet to win a game. Those include UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State and Stanford. UCLA is 0-1, while Stanford is 0-3. The other two are 0-2.
Enjoy the weekend of College Football. We hope our look at the Pac-12 games gives you a good chance to get ready for the games and determine your plans for watching and or betting on the action. Let’s see if either the Wildcats or Sun Devils can grab a Week 6 upset!