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Pac-12 picks, Week 3

It’s time again for our weekly Pac-12 picks, after posting an acceptable mark of 10-2 straight-up and 6-4 against the spread in Week 2.

As always, lines are for entertainment and gambling purposes only, and come courtesy of VegasInsider.com. And as always, our pick for the Washington game will come in a separate post on Friday.

Last week: 10-2 straight-up, 6-4 against the spread.

Season: 18-6 straight-up, 12-6 against the spread.

FRIDAY

New Mexico at Arizona State, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (ASU by 27.5) --- The Sun Devils have struggled in two games this season, but New Mexico has struggled for quite a bit longer than that. The pick: Arizona State 49, New Mexico 14.

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SATURDAY

Georgia State at Oregon, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks (Oregon by 44.5) --- Vernon Adams, Vernon Adams with a broken finger, no Vernon Adams, Jeff Lockie with Vernon Adams’ broken finger, no quarterback at all -- it won’t matter. Oregon will be able to score as many points as it wants, even if Georgia State did pick up its first-ever win over an FBS program last week. No. 2 will have to wait. The pick: Oregon 63, Georgia State 17.

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Colorado vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network (Colorado by 3) --- Big bounce-back win for the Buffaloes last week over Massachusetts, a team that took them down to the wire a year ago. Will their vengeance tour continue in Denver? I don’t think so, but they’re probably still going to play the game, just to find out for sure. The pick: Colorado State 31, Colorado 28.

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California at Texas, 4:30 p.m., FOX (Cal by 7) --- I know a certain Tacoma Rainiers play-by-play man who seems a little worried about his alma mater’s lofty expectations in Austin -- Cal, a touchdown favorite at Texas? Really? -- but these aren’t your father’s Longhorns. Unless you’re like 2 years old and your father is actually plenty familiar with Texas being not all that good. Here’s a guess Cal won’t be all that bad on Saturday, and will be 3-0 by the end of the day. Consider it payback for the 2003 BCS snub. The pick: California 31, Texas 20.

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Stanford at USC, 5 p.m., ABC (USC by 10) --- Something inside me feels like the Cardinal will look much better against the Trojans than they did during the first two weeks. But I don’t think that something is my brain. Trojans are too athletic for Stanford to hang. The pick: USC 28, Stanford 17.

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San Jose State at Oregon State, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (OSU by 7.5) --- The Spartans were terrible last year, limping to a 3-9 finish before beginning this season with an easy win over New Hampshire and an ugly loss to Air Force. The Beavers might not be very good, either. They certainly weren’t last week in Ann Arbor, and coach Gary Andersen had some pretty pointed criticisms afterward. Maybe his message was received. The pick: Oregon State 28, San Jose State 20.

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Wyoming at Washington State, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (WSU by 24.5) --- The Cougars proved something with that last-second victory over Rutgers. Well, two things -- one, Rutgers isn’t very good. Two, WSU might have a little more resolve than I thought. But the Cougars won’t need resolve to stomp all over Wyoming. They’ll simply need to execute better than they did against, oh, let’s say Portland State. The Cowboys are a mess right now, especially at quarterback, where injuries have already wrecked their depth. Be surprised if this game is close. The pick: WSU 52, Wyoming 20.

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BYU at UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1 (UCLA by 16.5) --- Point spread seems a little high. Maybe Hail Mary victories don’t play well with oddsmakers. Anyway, I think the Bruins are pretty clearly the superior team here, and my guess is Josh Rosen will be particularly dialed in after a mostly forgettable performance last week at UNLV. BYU’s luck will run out in Pasadena, but I can’t bring myself to predict a three-score cover for the Bruins. The pick: UCLA 38, BYU 24.

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Utah at Fresno State, 7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network (Utah by 14) --- The Utes’ tricky two-game home stretch to start the season couldn’t have gone much better ... aside from quarterback Travis Wilson injuring his shoulder. Kyle Whittingham won’t say if Wilson will start this week, or if it will be backup Kendal Thompson. Regardless, I don’t expect the Utes to score 73 points, like Mississippi did against Fresno State last week. I do, however, expect the Utes to win, whether Wilson plays or not. The pick: Utah 41, Fresno State 14.

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Nothern Arizona at Arizona, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks (no line) --- Let’s just throw a dart at the scoreboard here real quick. There. The pick: Arizona 45, Northern Arizona 12.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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