Pac-12 Week 8 Overview: Washington’s Defense too Strong for Colorado

Monday, October 15, 2018 10:36 AM UTC

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 10:36 AM UTC

Colorado's defense is good, but Washington's holds a big edge against a lackluster Buffaloes offense. Read more for a free pick on this matchup and some added betting information covering all the Pac-12 Week 8 action.

Pac-12 Spotlight: Colorado at No. 15 Washington (-17)Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, on FOXFree NCAAF Pick: Washington ATSBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Colorado (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) reached ranked status last week for the first time since 2016 two weeks ago, but slipped from the AP Poll following a 31-20 defeat to USC last Saturday. The Buffaloes got their because of a strong defense and ball protection. They surrender just 20.5 points per game and have committed five turnovers all season.

Colorado’s offense, however, leaves a lot on the table. The unit gains a paltry 3.8 yards per rush against FBS foes, ranking 99th nationally. Production will have to reach the 165-yard threshold to likely settle a backing bet. The Buffs are 4-28 SU and 10-21-1 ATS when accruing less yards on the ground in a game behind head coach Mike MacIntyre.

Washington’s (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) offense, on the other hand, is adept at moving the chains with a 50.6 percent third-down conversion rate. The passing game picks up 9.3 yards per toss, the 12th highest advantage in the country. The Huskies should find it easy to pull away or chase a lead at any point with such an advantage.

Defense is where Washington’s Chris Petersen’s squad excels. The Huskies yield 17.7 points per game to unranked Pac-12 foes behind the fifth-year coach all-time, never allowing more than 30 in a single game. Huskies bite 37-17 in a rout. Lay the points.

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Around the Pac-12 (All Games Saturday Unless Noted)

Stanford (-2) at Arizona State, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, on ESPN

The "under" is a ridiculous 23-6 (79.3 percent) when Stanford kicks off a road favorite behind longtime head coach David Shaw.

Cal at Oregon State, 4 p.m. ET, on Pac-12 Network

The line is off the board as of publication due to the availability of Oregon State (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS) QB Conor Blount. The starter left the fourth quarter of its 56-37 defeat against Washington last week with a hurt throwing shoulder. Although determined not serious by the Beavers staff, his playing status for Satruuday is unknown.

Arizona (-1) at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN2

Arizona (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS) is 11-23 SU and 12-22 ATS all-time in Pac-12 road games, the defense surrendering 39.9 points per game. Can Chip Kelly’s lackluster offense hang 30-plus points in consecutive weeks?

USC at Utah (-6.5), 8 p.m. ET, on Pac-12 Network

The home team has won six of seven in the series since Utah (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) joined the Pac-12 conference. Four points or less has determined three of the last four meetings.

No. 12 Oregon (-1) at No. 25 Washington State, 7:30 p.m. ET, on FOX

Home teams in Pac-12 ranked action are 4-8 SU and ATS with a line in-between a field goal, losing by 8.0 points per game. The line opened at -2 for the Washington State (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS), but jumped the fence in favor of Oregon (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) after a couple of hours on the college football oddsboard.

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