Fast starts mean a lot in a sprint. But in a marathon, not so




football season isn’t a marathon –

unless you have to play, say, 11 consecutive weeks without a bye –

but it’s not a 60-meter dash either. Let’s call it a 5K.

That’s just long enough for my fast start to disappear in a

series of mediocre weeks. Like the last one. Oh well, the race goes


As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes

only. All games Saturday.

<b>California at USC (USC by 2.5):</b> With Oregon,

Oregon State and Arizona State still on the schedule, the Trojans

better make a stand now or the season is in the dumps. They will.

USC 24-22.

<b>Oregon State at Washington (pick ’em):</b> The

Beavers started as the favorite, but the loss of James Rodgers

seems to have made a difference. But it may not on the field. OSU


<b>Arizona at Washington State (Arizona by

23.5):</b> After last week’s home loss, the Wildcats take to

the road with a fury, and get after the quarterback with a

vengeance. Arizona 48-28.

<b>Last week:</b> 3-2 overall, 2-3 vs. spread;

Season: 35-8 overall, 20-14 vs. spread.

<b>TYPE:</b> Column