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Rick DeSutter

2017 Predictions

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Here are the Buckeye50 Week 12 Picks, Good Luck and Enjoy - Gregg
Last Week:  Will the real Buckeye team please step forward? I don't know where that team in Iowa City went, but I hope it stays far far away. There is no explaining how they lost so badly to the Hawkeyes but the complete domination over Michigan State is equally puzzling, as these teams have had very tightly played games in the Meyer-Dantonio era. The 48-3 score was actually consistent with most games this year in the conference, if they can finish out that way, it would go a long way to build their resume for the playoff committee. As for the Buckeye 50 picks, Rick holds a two game but 10 people are well within striking range of the title. Should be fun to see how this turns out over the last three weeks. Rick could become our first 4-time champion.   
Guest Buckeye: Our web site continues to show that former players are still in touch with the college game, and Vaughn Broadnax proves that each week with his great analysis.
This Week: The powers in the ACC and SEC will playing cupcakes this week, leading to their big rivalry games next week. Ohio State will not be too far from that as they take on the Fighting Illini. This is one of many teams in the Big Ten that have not win against the Buckeyes in the Urban Era, and Illinois has not really been very close. Seniors should go out with a huge win and JT Barrett should continue to add to his passing records  ....  Michigan will try to salvage a positive season when they go to Madison. Wins over the Badgers and the Buckeyes in the final week would give them a 10-2 record and an outside chance at the East division title. They lose today and they may be fourth in the division. On the other side of the field, Wisconsin still hopes to win out and make the playoff party  ....  In the Big 12, the big game will be in Pickensland as Kansas State go on the road to face Oklahoma State.  On paper it should be a big win for the Cowboys, but will Coach Snyder and the Wildcats have something to say about whether or not OSU stays in the hunt for the Big 12 championship game?  ....  Notre Dame will be playing their annual game against Navy this week.  Navy is once again a tough team to play this year, can they pull off the upset?  Will the Irish still be suffering from a hangover after the huge lose they suffered last week?  ....  In the Pac-12, the old rivals USC and UCLA face off a week earlier than normal.  Both have high profile quarterbacks that have under performed this season. Neither are going to be players in the national picture, which one will win and take the claim as the best team in LA. 
Illinois  @  (9)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State  - 40 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Ohio State - #1 goal is to stay healthy. This is a very bad Illinois team, and I am not sure Lovie is the answer there. Will Urban want to tack on late scores for good measure to impress the committee? JT's last game as a Buckeye. It's been a great 15 year run for him. : ) Buckeyes roll, as expected.  

Cory:  This is a game that Ohio State should win. Not only is it a game that Ohio State should win, but it's one where the Buckeyes should cruise. The Illini are not a good team. Under second-year coach Lovie Smith, Illinois is just 2-8 this season with those two wins coming over Ball State and Western Kentucky at the beginning of the season. The big problem for Illinois this season has been on offense. The Illini have just 1,078 rushing yards this season - compared to 2,453 for Ohio State - and when it comes to passing, Illinois quarterbacks have combined through 17 interceptions with just eight touchdowns. As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes just need to avoid another Iowa letdown. The Buckeyes looked good in all phases of the game against Michigan State last week, so perhaps Urban Meyer's message of the team having a "laser-like focus" is finally getting through. Illinois has been close to a Big Ten win a few times this season, so the Illini may keep it close for a little bit, but expect Ohio State to pull away in the second half.   Ohio State 45, Illinois 13  

Gregg:  Does anyone remember when Coach Cooper started out 0-5 against Illinois before he finally cracked the win column? Are you going to forget the name Juice Williams anytime soon? What about the game up in Champaign a couple years ago when OSU only competed one pass the entire game? Well this is not those Fighting Illini teams. The Buckeyes are going to run and run a lot.  They are going to pass and pass a lot.  They are going to score and score a lot.  Illlinios, not so much, and this may be the last game in the 'shoe for Lovie Smith on the Illinois sideline, but time will tell. I wish this game was at noon instead of 3:30, but I guess we will all have to wait an extra 3 and a half hours to pick up the win that may put us in Indy.   Ohio State 52  Illinois 7   

Jason:  One of the longest standing rivalries in the Big Ten renews acquaintances in Columbus on Saturday as Illinois invades Ohio Stadium. The illustrious wooden turtle named Illibuck is on the line. Ohio State is coming off a thrashing of Michigan State a week ago doing the majority of their damage on the ground, rushing for 335 yards, led by Mike Weber with 162 and J.K. Dobbins with 124. The much-maligned Buckeye defense stymied the powerful Spartan attack holding Michigan State to just under 200 yards total for the entire game. The Illini come in as big underdogs and without a conference win. Coach Lovie Smith will make his first trip back to the Horseshoe since coaching DB’s under John Cooper in 1995. The Illini lost to Indiana a week ago but QB Jeff George Jr was able to throw for 261 yards and two touches but was also picked off twice and lost a fumble. George is the 3rd signal caller that the Illini has turned to this season as the struggles have been well documented, ranking 91stin passing in college football. They have not run it very well either, ranking 121st in that department. If you think it gets better on the other side of the ball, then you would be sadly mistaken. The Illini D rank 74thin the country in total yards allowed. Bottom line is that this game is a total mismatch, as the 41-point spread would indicate. The Buckeyes just put up 48 against a top five defense, what do we expect them to do to a defense that surrenders over 400 yards per game? Look for the pound and ground game again from Ohio State as they look to keep the momentum heading into the big one with the school up north in a week. This one will get out of hand early as the Buckeyes will severely outman and outclass Illinois start to finish. Bucks win big.  Ohio State 63 Illinois 0

John:  I’ll admit it, crow tastes pretty good. For the second week in a row, we got a result out of Ohio State that I don’t think anyone saw coming. The difference, this time the surprise was good. Unfortunately, it make the Iowa debacle that much harder to swallow. Now to the topic at hand: No two ways about it – Illinois is as rotten as last month’s fish. Jeff George Jr. (who may not even play) a’int his daddy, and Dick Butkis today at age 102, or whatever, would be an upgrade to the Ilini defense. Vegas has the line at 41. Unless the cold front gets here too soon, look for OSU to put up 35 or so in the first half, pull the starters after the first series or two in quarter three, engage the cruise control and roll. Bucks keep the little wooden turtle.   Ohio State 59 Illinois 7  

jOShUa Ohio State needs to figure out what team it wants to be. To have them do what they did against Michigan State is upsetting, and seeing that Iowa was shut out offensively by Wisconsin just makes the loss sting a little more. That being said, there is a small chance Ohio State maked the playoff if Alabama, Oklahom and Miami win out, but I think we need to focus on the Big Ten. I saw the initial spread for the game is 38 points, which I think even with that high of a spread, the Buckeyes should cover. Ohio State will also know the fate of the Big Ten East prior to this game depending on the Wisconsin vs Michigan game outcome. This one will be slightly emotional for our 5th year seniors, including Big Ten and School record holder JT Barrett, who will be playing his final home game. In a lot of ways, his career has been polarizing, however it is hard to deny we have watched a legend for the past few years. Ohio State rolls and keeps the Illibuck in Columbus for another season and prepare for The Game.   Ohio State 56 - Illinois 3  

Dr. Mark:  Ohio State 44-10 - OSU has to win out and win well to have any chance to move up if others lose. Style points matter now. D cannot give up big points to lesser talent- But I feel compelled to say this - Although they have played poorly during two losses, I think its sad for people to say if Buckeyes end up 12-2 but don't make the playoffs , that the season was a failure.  

PJSBuck:  This is NOT a trap-game, so don't even think about it. Even IF we play poorly, we still win and win BIG. I HOPE this will be a tune-up for TBGUN next week. It's hard to find something nice to say (with sincerity) about the Illinois program this year other than they are playing a lot of young players with POTENTIAL. I think it was Chuck Knox of the old Pittsburgh Steelers who said POTENTIAL gets coaches fired. Prediction:  Seniors go out in a blaze of glory by 55 to 9 - bring on the bad guys next week!

Pia Pete:  OSU takes care of business.   OSU 54 – Illini 9  

Coach Rick:  This will not be a good game.  OSU will win by a lot as they continue their running game. 

Steven:  Let the bludgeoning begin!   OSU 49-10. 

Trout:  Ohio State will win this game. The Fighting Illini are a very bad team and don't stand a chance against the Buckeyes. I see both Dobbins and Weber getting over 100 yards and JT having another stellar game. I don't see this game being remotely close. Illinois has regressed as a football team. They have never been a powerhouse, but were always competitive. However in the last few years, they have turned into a joke of a team. The Buckeyes will handle Illinois much like they did with Sparty last week. Bucks win the wooden turtle.   (Ohio State, 63-7)  

Vaughn (1980-83):   Since my wife is an Illini grad I will give her 3 points. Lovie Smith gets ran 50-3.

Rod Gerald (1975-78):  Better place an APB & look out for former Chicago Bear head coach Lovie Smith & his team. The game was 7767367310 ect. The Buckeyes scored early and often & so we suggested they find them. Asap fighting Illlini understood every player in there.was history of team following a conservative guy and will not ever would that once and twice. Give me a Go Bucks! After the Buckeyes victory from the struggling 2 win Illini, out of respect for the Ghost. Running backs can be a problem. Urban Meyer's buckeyes own 3 terrific backs to go with senior captain QB. JT Barrett. The Buckeyes defense returns LB's Booker 17 and Jerome Baker #33. On offense JT & company will, score, score and score. Running the ball gets Buckeye Nation the chance to see Hastings and Burrows at quarterback.  Bucks 57 Illini-24  

​Final Score:  Ohio State 52   Illinois 14
                          (9-2)             (2-9)
 (24)Michigan  @  (5)Wisconsin
(Favorite: Wisconsin  - 7 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Wisconsin - Very impressive game by the Badgers limiting the Hawkeyes to 66 yards. Has Michigan made strides? Maybe some, but I don't think beat Wisconsin in Madison. Wisconsin deals the Wolverines their 3rd loss.  

Cory:  Is it time to become a believer in Wisconsin? The Buckeyes certainly hope the Badgers are for real as facing an undefeated Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship game still represents Ohio State's fleeting playoff hopes. The Badgers had no trouble dispatching an inconsistent Iowa team last week, and they get Michigan at home in Camp Randall this week. Michigan has settled offensively with new quarterback Brandon Peters. The talented sophomore has started three games, and has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 329 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Those numbers are a bright spot considering how bad John O'Korn was (one touchdown with five interceptions), but Peters has seen his completion percentage drop each week: From 71.4 to 61.5 to just 50.0 last week. Both teams rely on the run game and a strong defense. Peters is facing his first real test as a Wolverine and I expect it will be too much for him and Wolverines to overcome.   Wisconsin 31, Michigan 21  

Gregg:  If Wisconsin wins this game, Ohio State can clinch the East title with a win over Illinois. It appears the Wolverines may have found an answer at quarterback but is it really a solution or a case of better results against weaker opponents? I do believe the Badgers are better than the national outlets are giving them credit for but unfortunately their schedule is not letting them prove it. Wisconsin will have the home field advantage and it is very tough to win in Camp Randell. And I also think that the better coaching job this year between these two teams is being done in Madison. Michigan goes down in this one and the pressure starts to build for Harbough.   Wisconsin 27  Michigan 13  

Jason:  Wisconsin faces their biggest challenge of the season as Michigan rolls into Camp Randall on Saturday. The Badgers are now firmly in position, if they can run the table and win a Big Ten Championship, to head to the College Football Playoff. Coming off a drubbing of Iowa at home a week ago, they look focused and ready to defend their home field. Michigan has rolled through three relatively easy opponents since their disastrous showing at Penn State and are hoping to crash the Big Ten Championship party but will have to beat Wisconsin this week and Ohio State next week along with a little help to make that happen. Michigan has yet to beat a team that is bowl eligible and this will be as tough if not tougher a test than Penn State. They will have to control the line of scrimmage to get it done and that will not be easy against Wisconsin. The defense has been successful in getting off the field and they will need more of that on Saturday, leading the nation in third down defense efficiency. QB Brandon Peters will have to be lights out as Wisconsin is among the nation’s best at stopping the run. If Alex Hornibrook, who has thrown at least one pick in seven straight contests, can take care of the ball and create offensive balance with likely Big Ten Freshman of the year, RB Jonathan Taylor leading the way, it will be a long day for the men in Maize and Blue. Look for Wisconsin to win big in the trenches and make it very difficult for the Michigan offense to do much of anything. The Badgers do what they have always done on offense, that has run the ball effectively, and it will be no different on Saturday. The Badgers roll and all but officially set up a matchup with Ohio State in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.   Wisconsin 28 Michigan 17  

John:   So this week and next, Ohio State fans are also big Bucky fans. For OSU to have any shot at the CFP, we need to beat an undefeated Wisconsin in Indy. Fortunately for Buckeye fans, the Corn and Blue really haven’t shown anything this year to make one think they are capable of pulling the upset in Madison. While I hope UM keeps is close so they have to play hard for four quarters, I expect the Badgers to win this one comfortably. With this being a noon kick, it should make for a nice appetizer prior to Ohio State locking up the Big Ten East later in the day  Wisconsin 31 Michigan 17  

jOShUa Michigan's offense has found a spark with Peters at quarterback, and they were able to run away from Rutgers in the first half, but didn’t find much progress in the second. I expect this game to be low scoring, as both have good defenses, and Wisconsin was turnover happy last week, but was still able to shut out the Iowa offense. Wisconsin though will rely on Taylor to help carry the team, and I think knowing what is on the line, Wisconsin wins this one by a field goal in Camp Randall as they prepare for their showdown against Minnesota, and prepare for its 5th trip to Indianapolis.   Wisconsin 17 - Michigan 14  

Dr. Mark:  Wisc 34-31  not sure how to call this. If Badgers push the blue around on both sides , they will win- If Michigan is faster , they have a chance to upset . Home field also helps- Pat will be unhappy if either team actually wins  

PJSBuck:  Easily the Big Ten Game of the Week if not NATIONAL game of the week. Can they both lose?? I guess I want Bucky to win but that will put an angry TBGUN team in place for next week. We only have about 100 years of history to know that the most dangerous team in THE GAME is the one with little/nothing to lose - and THAT would be TBGUN if they lose this week. So, what to do, what to do??? I have nothing to lose at this point!  TBGUN 35 Bucky Badger 31 in a tough game.

Pia Pete:  Undefeated Wisconsin is on the outside looking in at the playoff race and will need to put up some style points against Michigan to turn the heads of the voters.   UW 27 – UM 21  

Coach Rick:  Michigan will be looking ahead to next week which allows Wisconsin to win by a lot.

Steven:  Michigan is just Iowa with a worse QB.  Wisky 35-21, (and I'm being kind giving UM 21). 

Trout:  I think Wisconsin wins this game, but it will be very close. Michigan is clearly not a great team, but they are not pushovers either. I see the game being a hard fought, drag-out battle. Each team scoring a few touchdowns, and keeping it close to the last whistle. But I think Jonathan Taylor and Alex Hornibrook give the Badgers an advantage. Hornibrook isn't a great QB, but he is consistent manager, which is much more that the Wolverines can say with O'Korn. And Taylor is becoming one of those great backs that Wisconsin seems to keep recruiting. It will be tough, but the Badgers outlast the Wolverines.   (Wisconsin, 27-21)  

Vaughn (1980-83):  Wisconsin has made me a believer with Jonathan Taylor, but I have little hope in Jim Harbaugh. The Michigan save their energy this week for next week's tilt in Ann Arbor. Wisconsin edges Michigan 24-20.

GameDay: Desmond Howard makes a homer pick and goes with the Wolverines.  Guest picker Craig T Nelson, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit go the the favored Badgers

​Final Score:  Wisconsin 24   Michigan 10
                       (11-0)               (8-3)
 Kansas State  @  (13)Oklahoma State
(Favorite: Oklahoma State  - 20 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Oklahoma St - Still a shot at the playoff? Probably not, but I'll take the Cowboys at home.  

Cory:  Kansas State needs to win one of its final two games in order to become bowl eligible. The problem is that those two games are against Oklahoma State, and Iowa State. That's going to be a tall task for the Wildcats. Oklahoma State is coming off a big win over Iowa State. The Cowboys looked stale early but played very well in the second half to overcome a feisty Iowa State team. Kansas State is a solid team, but the Wildcats do not throw the ball well. When they find themselves behind it is hard to play catch up, and that's going to make things extremely difficult this week. Oklahoma State can points on the board in a hurry. Expect Oklahoma State to pull away from Kansas State in the second half en route to a large win.   Oklahoma State 42, Kansas State 21  

Gregg:  I don't think TCU can beat the Sooners in a rematch so I would prefer Kansas State to win this but that will be a tall order for Coach Snyder and his boys. The Cowboys know how to put points on the board, scoring 31 and 52 in their losses! OSU keeps their own playoff hopes alive with a win.  Oklahoma State 44  Kansas State 31  

Jason:  The Cowboys come into this game still in the mix for the Big 12 title. A rough home loss to Oklahoma was, for the moment, healed by a big road win in Ames, Iowa over Iowa State. For the Wildcats, they need to win this week or next week against Iowa State to get to go bowling.  

The Wildcats have been struggling big time on defense and their offense just can’t keep up with the lack of defense. They have played well enough to hang around, but can’t get over the top and get a big win. Mason Rudolph presents major problems for the Kansas State defense, who has allowed over 400 yards in the air to Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Tech. Rudolph is coming off a game where hit threw for 376 yards and three TD’s. Last year, he abused the Wildcat D to the tune of 457 yards and five TD’s in the Poke victory. Newsflash, he will have a big game again. Look for the Rudolph led offense to obliterate the porous Kansas State defense and stay in the Big 12 title hunt. Kansas State will score but not nearly enough as the Cowboys roll.   Oklahoma State 50  Kansas State 28  

John: This is a game the other OSU should win easily. Like most Bix XII games, expect a ton of points in this one ( Vegas has the over/under at 65) Cowboys big.   Oklahoma State 42  Kansas State 3

jOShUa This is a must win game for Oklahoma State to keep their chances for the Big 12 title race alive. Kansas State has not been as much of a threat this year in the Big 12, and I expect Mason Rudolph to light it up against the Wildcats and bring the Cowboys even closer to playing against Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship.   Oklahoma State 42 - Kansas State 14  

Dr. Mark:  OK State 35-20  - I'll be rooting for K State but need to try to move up in our standings -so I go with the Cowboys at home  

PJSBuck:  Bill Snyder is a really good coach but Oklahoma State has too much offense, AND playing in Stillwater. I think the Cowboys in a blow-out by at least 21 points

Pia Pete:  Ok State is looking to raise their bowl resume.   OSU 44 – KSU 17  

Coach Rick:   I think Oklahoma State takes this one at home.

Steven:  K-State is just not on par with the rest of the Big 12. Their defense is poor so they'll probably get run over, passed over and end up overdone.  OSU 44-28. 

Trout:   I think the Cowboys win this game comfortably, but I think the Wildcats give them a game early. Oklahoma State is clearly the better team, but KSU has a knack for giving teams fits. I think they effect the Cowboys early, and keep it a close gave going into the half. However, in the second half, Oklahoma State kicks it into gear and starts pulling away.   (Oklahoma State, 50-21)  

Vaughn (1980-83):  Oklahoma State can score some points, but can't play a lick of defense. Kansas State plays defense at times, but not enough this weekend. OSU over KSU 48-35.  

​Final Score:  Kansas State 45   Oklahoma State 40
                   (6-5)                        (8-3)
 Navy  @  (8)Notre Dame
(Favorite: Notre Dame  - 20 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Notre Dame - Wow, I didn't see that coming....with the Convicts rolling the Catholics like that last Saturday. Notre Dame picks up the pieces and gets it done at home against Navy.  

Cory:  All Notre Dame had to do was get past Miami, and then the Fighting Irish only had games with Navy and Stanford left. A win over Miami likely puts Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff. Instead, the Fighting Irish dropped the ball, losing 41-8 at Miami. With the playoff hopes over, how does Notre Dame respond against a tough Navy team? The Midshipmen, despite having lost games to UCF, Temple, and Memphis, are certainly capable of beating Notre Dame. Both teams feature terrific running games, but I expect Brian Kelly to have the Fighting Irish motivated despite their blowout loss last week.   Notre Dame 28, Navy 20  

Gregg:  I would love to see Navy find a way to win this one, and their offense always gives teams a challenge. The Irish are going to be focused though after the drilling they took last week at the hands of the Canes. And they think they are still in the playoff picture since they are still ranked 8th but after Ohio State wins this week, Notre Dame will start their drop.  But not after a solid win over the MidShipman.   Notre Dame 24  Navy 17   

Jason:  The Midshipmen are coming off a hard fought win over SMU a week ago in a game that saw the Middies take control early and into the second half only to see the Mustangs rally to tie the game with three minutes left. However, Navy was able to drive down the field and kick a FG as time expired to end a three game losing streak. Navy did what Navy does, running the triple option 72 times for over 550 yards. They are a very difficult matchup on anyone, and coming off a crushing defeat at Miami a week ago, can Notre Dame get their heads right and put in the quality preparation it takes to face Navy? The Irish are now officially eliminated from the College Football playoff so the question will be, can they bounce back. Navy has confidence in this game, winning by a point a year ago and running for 320 yards in the process. This will be a gut check game for Notre Dame but with a January 6 bowl still in their sites, they will come out motivated and ready to go. Navy will keep it close, but Notre Dame is just the better football team and pulls it out late.   Notre Dame 31 Navy 28  

John:  This is a good Navy team that is rolling into South Bend. Unfortunately, this will be an angry Notre Dame team that they face. Think Ohio State v. Michigan State part II. If Navy can weather the early storm and keep it close for 1 to 1 1/2 quarters, they may just pull the upset. Unfortunately, this one has ugly written all over it.  Notre Dame 41 Navy 7  

jOShUa Notre Dame got destroyed by Miami, which I think came as a surprise to everyone. They started off great and had the one point loss to Georgia, but I think they will want to try and get the bad taste of the loss out of their mouth. Notre Dame doesn’t play too much of a factor in the playoff race moving forward, but they do have some tough match ups to finish up the season. I think this will be a closer than comfort game for Notre Dame facing the triple option, but the Irish finds a way to win.   Notre Dame 24 - Navy 17  

Dr. Mark:  ND 40 -35  Navy goes entire game without a pass if I heard correctly- Woody would be proud- Irish will be angry  

PJSBuck:  Weekly, WHO GIVES A SH*&^T Game of the Week.  Irish by 10

Pia Pete:  The Irish are still crying about last week’s butt-kicking and fall to Navy.   Navy 24 – ND 17  

Coach Rick:   I am going with the Fighting Irish at home in a lopsided win.

Steven:  Now that Notre Dame has bowed out of the CFP, how will they react to adversity? If we know Coach Kelly at all, they will turn red and steam will come out their ears. Navy is no walk in the park, so who know, the steam may come early in this one. The Middies will run it at you for 4 quarters and then some. Protect your knees, guys because the cut blocks, they are a-comin'. Being at home, the Irish should win a tight one, but it really could go either way.  ND 35-33, (maybe even in OT). 

Trout:  The Irish will rebound from last weeks embarrassing lose to the Hurricanes. I think the Midshipmen are a good team, but the Irish are the better team. The Midshipmen are limited by their play style, and I think Brian Kelley will take advantage of that. The Irish's superior offensive and defensive abilities will put them slightly ahead in points. Navy will keep it close, but in the end, Notre Dame will be just slightly better and pull off the hard fought victory.  (Notre Dame, 24-17)   

Vaughn (1980-83):  Notre Dame showed last weekend that they are who we thought they were. Let's stop hyping them and trying to make them relevant. Navy will put up a fight, but the Irish win 34-17.  

​Final Score:  Notre Dame 24   Navy 17
                          (9-2)               (6-4)
 UCLA  @  (11)USC
(Favorite: USC  - 14 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: USC - Who will be UCLA's next coach? Hey, I think Slick Rick Neuheisal is again available. 

Cory:  Before the season started, the game between UCLA and USC looked like a potential playoff play-in game. Both teams were popular picks, with both teams featuring Heisman-caliber quarterbacks. It's funny how things work out sometimes. UCLA enters this game 5-5, and while USC is 9-2 quarterback Sam Darnold has likely played himself out of the Heisman race with too many turnovers. Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen are still popular picks to be selected high in the 2018 NFL draft, so hopefully we see a good quarterback shootout in this game. That said, USC is clearly the better team in this matchup. Though Rosen has struggled with some injuries, UCLA has been to inconsistent even with him in the lineup. USC shouldn't have too much trouble in this game.   USC 35, UCLA 24  

Gregg:  Two teams with under performing quarterbacks but USC is better.   USC 45  UCLA 31  

Jason:  The scoreboard may say USC vs. UCLA, but this game may be more about the two quarterbacks who are the top two taken in next year’s NFL draft in Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. For USC, Darnold is the story, but the reason for USC’s recent success may be more attributed to RB Ronald Jones II who has rushed for 216, 200 and 142 yards the last three weeks. Last year against the Bruins, he ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and he is facing one of the worst run defenses in college football this week in UCLA. The Bruins have surrendered over 200 yards on the ground in nearly every game this season so Jones should be licking his chops. On the other side of the ball, Rosen may be doing the same. The Trojan secondary has been gashed this season including giving up nearly 400 yards through the air a week ago against Colorado State. Coming back after missing a game, Rosen threw for 381 yards and a touchdown last week in a win over Arizona State. The key for him is taking care of the football. I expect Rosen to have a big day, but USC will have more success on the ground and be able to control the tempo a little more. Look for a shootout but a late Rosen pick will seal the deal as USC comes away with the win.   USC 45 UCLA 38  

John:  Many fond memories as a kid watching Ohio State/Michigan at noon followed by USC/UCLA, usually with the winners getting the right to face off in Pasadena on January 1. I always loved that both teams wore their home uni’s in this one. At lease that tradition had been brought back, but that is about the only resemblance this year’s game will have with those classic tilts form yesteryear. There is really no good reason for UCLA to the this bad in football year in and year out. Since this is a rivalry game, UCLA my keep it close, but I just see no way for them to pull the upset. USC in a high scoring affair.   USC 42  UCLA 31  

jOShUa I would like to pick UCLA in this one just so that USC has 3 losses, however, they have already clinched the south, and waiting to see who they will play in the PAC-12 Championship, which is between Stanford and Washington. There should be a few NFL scouts in attendance for this one. I know Darnold has shown interest in staying so the Browns don't draft him, however these could be the top two quarterbacks should both enter into the 2018 NFL Draft. I think Mora will not be able to over coach this team, and the Trojans will win this one at home. This should be an interesting match up with a lot of passing.   USC 35 - UCLA 24  

Dr. Mark:  USC 31-20  Trojans live by Darnolds arm and completion\turnover ratio- Still a puzzle to me that UCLA hasn't returned to being a top tier team on a regular basis- nice place to go to school - great stadium - state school, not private

PJSBuck:  Wow - this SHOULD be a good, fun game to watch but of no importance unless you are from Southern California. In honor of my dear cousin Mark, who did is Fellowship/Residency at USC (or whatever you do to specialize) I am going with the Trojan by 15 points.

Pia Pete:  USC still reigns in LA.   USC 34 – UCLA 24  

Coach Rick:  I think that this will be a better game than what people are thinking, I still have USC winning, but do not think that it will be a high scoring game.

Steven:  The Pac 12 has been out of the CFP mix for so long that this game seems pretty irrelevant to the national conversation. A UCLA win would formally close the coffin on any hope the conference will make it to the playoff. That being said, USC has been getting better, but the play of QB Sam Darnold has just not been anywhere close to where it should be. Going with the better sweaters here, because they're all that's left for us to dream about here in the Midwest. Bruins cheerleaders take it by a... pair.  UCLA 24-22.

Trout:  The Bruins are not a good team. the are currently 5-5 because their defense is incapable of stopping anyone. They have had 6 games in which their opponent scored 30+ points. Although inconsistent at times, the Trojans have been a better team when compared to UCLA. The game will be close. Each team has the ability to score a lot of points. But I think USC has the advantage defensively. Although not a great defense, they have clearly managed better this year than the Bruins. It will be a high flying shoot out, but the Trojan's slightly better defense will win them the game.  (USC, 42-35)   

Vaughn (1980-83):  UCLA has done nothing since coming back against Texas A&M in the season opener. They'll do nothing this weekend either against USC. USC beats UCLA 35-10.

GameDay:  Desmond Howard, guest picker Craig T Nelson and Coach Corso all see USC winning and moving on to the Pac-12 championship.

​Final Score:  USC 28   UCLA 23
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Brent Baver ***
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John Siebert *
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Josh Watson
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Pat Steger
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Jason Harris
Mark Triffon
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