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College Football Picks: Washington St. Vs. UCLA

Brian Elsner (Wait For It Seattle)

WSU 31, UCLA 17
There are few teams that I believe just flat out stink. UCLA is one of them. Despite their win over Oregon State (who apparently really stinks), I can't imagine UCLA doing anything this season. Even worse, Nick New-weasel is supposed to be a QB guru. Name their last good quarterback. You can't because he doesn't exist unless his name is
Troy Aikman. WSU is putting up points and I think it continues.

Erik Kariya (SeaTown Sports)

UCLA 31 WSU 21
So I'm sniffing this WSU Kool-Aid and it doesn't smell nearly as bad as I would have expected! Not gonna take a sip yet, but we're getting there. UCLA is not playing cohesive football, but they still have a talent advantage and the home crowd.

Jeff Nusser (CougCenter)

WSU 31, UCLA 28
I think the Cougs' rush defense holds up better than most people think it will, and UCLA's passive pass defense allows Marshall Lobbestael to throw for another 300+ yards. The difference is that the Cougs now have a good enough rushing attack to punch it in from short yardage.

Craig Powers (CougCenter)

UCLA 35 WSU 31
UCLA has a very good running game that I expect the Cougars to struggle with. The Bruins have a below average defense, which should allow WSU to keep this close. Homefield will provide enough advantage for UCLA to come out on top.

James Satterberg (SeaTown Sports)

WSU 31, UCLA 28
This is a must win game for both teams. WSU has a clear path to bowl eligiblity, and it involves beating UCLA and Oregon State, possibly the worst two teams in the conference. UCLA has motivation as well though. Neuhiesel is on the hot seat, and every win counts. Furthermore, the Pac-12 south is currently wide open, and a UCLA win and an ASU loss puts UCLA in a tie for first in the division, something the coaching staff will make quite clear to the players. In the end, I expect WSU to pull it out, but the score will be close.