Pac-10 Tip Sheet

Pac-10 Tip Sheet

Pac-10 Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Oregon at Arizona State**

-The Las Vegas Hilton installed Oregon as a four-point road ‘chalk’ over Arizona State, with the total set at 53½. FOX Sports Net will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. Both teams enter this contest coming off a bye week.

-Oregon (5-2 straight up, 3-4 against the spread) has alternated SU wins and losses its last five games after upending UCLA October 11 as a 20 ½-point home favorite, 31-24. The combined 55 points landed directly on the closing total.

-The Ducks dominated the Bruins in rushing, 323-63, but trailed in time of possession, 37:46-22:14. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli had 24 carries for 170 yards and a score, while completing 5-of-19 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

-Arizona State (2-4 SU, 1-3 ATS) is currently mired in a four-game SU losing skid (0-3-1 ATS) after getting blanked by Southern Cal Oct. 11 as a 28-point road underdog, 28-0. There was no total on that contest.

-Signal caller Rudy Carpenter was 11-of-20 passing for 126 yards with an interception, while backup Danny Sullivan was 4-of-17 for 28 yards and two interceptions. Running back Dimitri Nance paced an anemic ground game with 64 yards on 14 carries.

-Oregon is 3-0 SU and ATS the past three meetings with Arizona State after prevailing last year as an 8½-point home ‘chalk,’ 35-23. The combined 58 points failed to topple the 61-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ cash the fourth consecutive contest in this series.

-Oregon defensive lineman Fenuki Tupou (knee) and defensive back Walter Thurmond III (pelvis) are ‘probable’ against the Sun Devils, while offensive lineman C.E. Kaiser (undisclosed) is ‘questionable.’

-Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter (ankle) is ‘probable’ versus the Ducks, while linebacker Brandon Magee (pectoral) and defensive tackle David Smith (stinger) are ‘questionable.’

-Saturday’s forecast for Tempe, Arizona calls for sunny skies, with a high of 91 degrees and a low of 64.

**UCLA at California**

-The Las Vegas Hilton opened California as a 17-point home favorite over UCLA, with the total listed at 51. ABC Sports starts its coverage of this contest at 3:30 p.m. ET.

-UCLA (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) slipped past Stanford last weekend as a 2½-point home underdog, 23-20. The combined 43 points went ‘under’ the 46½-point closing total.

-The Bruins prevailed by scoring the winning touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining. UCLA finished the game with advantages in first downs (24-16), passing yards (285-51), turnovers forced (3-2) and time of possession (32:02-27:58). Quarterback Kevin Craft was 23-of-39 passing for 285 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while running back Kahlil Bell managed just 28 yards on 11 carries.

-Cal (4-2 SU and ATS) had won back-to-back SU and ATS victories before falling to Arizona last weekend as a 2½-point road favorite, 42-27. The combined 69 points soared ‘over’ the 51½-point closing total.

-The Golden Bears led the Wildcats at halftime, 24-14, before getting outscored in the second half, 28-3. Quarterback Nate Longshore was 18-of-37 passing for 218 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Jahvid Best had 16 carries for 107 yards and a score.

-The home team has won the last four meetings in the UCLA-Cal series SU, while the Bruins are 4-0 ATS. The Golden Bears prevailed last season as a three-point home favorite, 30-21, while the combined 51 points went ‘under’ the 56½-point closing total.

-UCLA running back Raymond Carter (groin), linebacker Steve Sloan (knee), offensive lineman Micah Kia (back) and safety Rahim Moore (leg) are ‘questionable’ against the Golden Bears, while defensive end Tom Blake (abdominal), left tackle Jeff Baca (hamstring), defensive tackle Chase Moline (back) and linebacker Kyle Bosworth (knee) are ‘doubtful.’

-Cal running back Jahvid Best (elbow), defensive back Bernard Hicks (thigh), offensive lineman Mike Tepper (pectoral) and kicker David Seawright (groin) are ‘questionable’ versus the Bruins.

-Saturday’s forecast for Berkeley, California calls for sunny skies, with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 51.

**Notre Dame at Washington**

-The Las Vegas Hilton lists Notre Dame as an 11-point road ‘chalk’ over Washington, with the total set at 54. ESPN2 will provide coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

-Notre Dame (4-2 SU and ATS) is off an Oct. 11 setback to North Carolina as a 6½-point road favorite, 29-24. The combined 53 points eclipsed the 47-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 4-1.

-The Fighting Irish had 150 yards of total offense more than the Tar Heels (472-322), but shot themselves in the foot by losing the turnover battle (5-0). Quarterback Jimmy Clausen was 31-of-48 passing for 383 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Armando Allen Jr. paced the ground game with 11 carries for 60 yards.

-Washington (0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS) continued its downward spiral with its loss to Oregon State last weekend as a 16½-point home underdog, 34-13. There was no total on that contest.

-Signal caller Ronnie Fouch was 17-of-32 passing for 276 yards with three interceptions, while running back Terrance Dailey had 16 carries for 102 yards with a score. Wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin enjoyed a solid effort in the setback with five receptions for 136 yards.

-Notre Dame is 2-0 SU and ATS the past two meetings with Washington after prevailing in 2005 as a 12 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 36-17. The combined 53 points slithered ‘under’ the 53½-point closing total.

-Notre Dame wide receiver David Grimes (back) is ‘doubtful’ versus the Huskies, while offensive lineman Paul Duncan (hip) is ‘out.’

-Washington tight end Chris Izbicki (disciplinary), safety Jason Wells (knee), safety Johri Fogerson (ankle), offensive lineman Mark Armelin (foot), linebacker Joshua Gage (undisclosed), running back David Freeman (ankle) and strong safety Darin Harris (concussion) are ‘questionable’ against the Fighting Irish.

-Saturday’s forecast for Seattle, Washington calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of rain, with a high listed at 56 degrees and a low of 42.

**Southern Cal at Arizona**

-The Las Vegas Hilton installed Southern Cal as a 16½-point road favorite over Arizona, with the total set at 55. FOX Sports Net will provide coverage beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET.

-Southern Cal (5-1 SU, 4-1 ATS) routed Washington State last weekend as a 42-point road ‘chalk,’ 69-0. There was no total on that contest.

-The Trojans dominated in all aspects of the game, finishing with sizeable advantages in first downs (28-4), passing yards (263-28), rushing yards (362-88) and turnovers forced (3-0). USC has not allowed a score the past two games after shutting out Arizona State the weekend before.

-Quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 15-of-20 passes for 253 yards with five touchdowns, while his favorite target was Ronald Johnson who caught five passes for 94 yards and two scores. Three running backs ran for over 100 yards, led by freshman Broderick Green who had 18 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

-Arizona (5-2 SU and ATS) got back on the winning track by beating Cal last weekend as a 2½-point home underdog, 42-27. The combined 69 points went ‘over’ the 51½-point closing total.

-The Wildcats rebounded from a 10-point halftime deficit to score four touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Willie Tuitama was 16-of-27 passing for 225 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Freshman running back Keola Antolin stepped up with 21 carries for 149 yards and three scores.

-USC is 4-0 SU the last four meetings with Arizona, but the Wildcats have covered the past three outings. The Trojans prevailed last season as a 21-point home favorite, 20-13. There was no total on that contest.

-USC fullback Stanley Havili (ankle), cornerback Cary Harris (hamstring), defensive end fGerald Washington (ankle), defensive end Everson Griffen (illness), offensive lineman Zack Heberer (toe), offensive lineman Butch Lewis (illness), running back Joe McKinght (toe), tight end Jimmy Miller (illness) and wide receiver Vidal Hazelton (concussion) are ‘questionable’ against the Wildcats.

-Arizona wide receiver Delashaun Dean (shoulder), defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu (ankle), wide receiver Mike Thomas (ankle) and offensive tackle Adam Grant (finger) are ‘probable’ versus the Trojans, while defensive tackle Jowyn Ward (foot) and backup quarterback Matt Scott (concussion) are ‘questionable.’

-Saturday’s forecast for Tucson, Arizona calls for sunny skies, with a high of 88 degrees and a low of 56.

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