Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to your cruising altitude. Teams are beginning to perform as predicted. All five Pac-12 favorites won this week and all but Washington (depending on the spread you found), covered their respective spreads.
The projected season can now be projected. Records at this point are not nearly as indicative of success as their records, and some teams have been unfairly saddled with difficult early schedules.
We here at ACU feel that predictions can be made and we are willing to give you our predictions for who will be sitting pretty at the end of the regular season.
Remember that sports prognostication was created to lend credibility to economists and meteorologists, so in five weeks, I’ll either look brilliant, or foolish.
12. California (7) (1-7, 0-5)
Dredge the bay for solace, men of Berkeley. Four more games as the whipping boys for the Pac-12. Bear fans hope the game experience gained this year will help, but Sonny Dykes is utilizing whichever clichés he can find to keep his players from going towards the darkness.
Prediction: 1-12 Last in the North
11. Colorado (11) (3-4, 0-4)
The Buffs have shown promise this year. Mike MacIntyre might have more in the larder than the other Pac-12 Freshman coach. Whether or not Colorado can move from a middling Big 12 team to a middling Pac-12 team remains to be seen, though. Three conference victories in as many years can not make the folks in Boulder happy. Cal coming to town should get victory number four, but that’s it.
Prediction: 4-8 Last in the South.
10. Arizona (23) (5-2, 2-2)
We’ve been saying it all season: This team is a pretender. This balloon of a schedule will pop in two weeks. Enjoy taking out the Buffs this week, Zona, your victories this season will end their.
Prediction: 6-6 Fourth in the South in a bowl, but who knows which one?
8. (tie) Utah (24) (4-4, 1-4)
Victories against BYU and Stanford (in Utah) help Utah if they can get their sixth win, but that is unlikely. Rolling into a revitalized Coliseum last week showed their true colors, and the remaining schedule look like a month of pain, followed by taking out that frustration on their mountain state rivals.
Prediction: 5-7 fifth in the South.
8. (tie) USC (24) (5-3, 2-2)
Tradition and strong recruiting have brought success to this Dickensian season. SC is down to an NFL roster (size) of scholarship athletes. No time to rest, though, for the Beavers have always been tough against Southern Cal.
On a lighter note, it is a good thing that there is no danger of an awkward interaction with current Washington coach Steve Sarkesian or this would be a nineteenth century novel of a different color. Bold prediction: Sarkesian will be moving South before bowls commence.
Prediction: 7-6 (does anyone know why the Trojans get 13 games?) third in the South, New Mexico Bowl.
7. Washington State (36) (4-4, 2-3)
Well, there is nothing really standing in the Cougs way from here on out. Four games, all winnable for the Cougs. A win at home against ASU will be a terrific jumping off place for a strong WSU November. Bring on the cold! Bring on the costumes. Just don’t begin your celebration during your World Civ class Thursday afternoon, the professors hate that.
Prediction: 8-4, fourth in the North, Sun Bowl