Pac-12 Week 6 Betting Tips and Picks: 3 Games to Consider

Pac-12 Week 6 Betting Tips and Picks: 3 Games to Consider

Some weeks there is a robust slate of Pac-12 games, other weeks the lineup lacks sizzle. This is one of those lack of sizzle weeks, but there’s still a few interesting matchups. This week looks to maintain the status quo, barring any upsets. Three games deserve your attention this week:

Arizona State at No. 21 Colorado (-2.5)

The shine is off Arizona State a bit since its upset win over Michigan State in week 2, with the Sun Devils having dropped two consecutive games before beating a dreadful Oregon State team last weekend. Meanwhile, Colorado is one of the big surprises of the early season, sitting on a 4-0 record overall, 1-0 in the conference.

Although ASU is the underdog heading into Boulder, this is a matchup between two fairly equal teams. There’s no reason to think Sun Devils are incapable of going into Folsom Field and leaving with their first road win of the season. Colorado may be undefeated but it also hasn’t played anyone of note, with victories over four teams with a combined 1-17 record.

The difference between Colorado and ASU is that the former features more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez is completing 75 percent of his passes and averages 9.1 yards per attempt, second-best in the PAC-12. Montez’s favorite target is sophomore wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who leads the conference in receptions, yards, and yards per game.

This game is essentially a pick’em on the spread, but the Buffaloes are at home and possess the more dynamic offense. SugarHouse has Colorado for -2.5, take them to cover .

Utah at No. 14 Stanford (-5)

Two physical teams coming games off they let slip away last weekend will make for an interesting matchup Saturday night. Which team can best shake off their respective loss will go a long way to determining the outcome.

On both sides of the ball Stanford is the better all-around team. K.J. Costello and JJ Arcega-Whiteside have emerged as an effective quarterback-wide receiver combination, and Bryce Love (if healthy and properly utilized) is a very dangerous running back. Even though the Cardinal defense was overpowered in a 38-17 road loss to Notre Dame, they’re only conceding 18.4 points per game and have the players to shutdown Utah’s offense.

Expect a low scoring slugfest in Palo Alto, but take advantage of the SugarHouse line of Stanford -5.5 , which may seem low until you consider the emotional roller coaster the Cardinal have been on the past two weeks.

No. 10 Washington (-20.5) at UCLA

This is a complete mismatch any way you look at it. The Huskies have the No. 1 scoring defense and UCLA’s offense is ranked 126th in scoring. Washington’s defense continues to impress, not allowing an opponent more than 21 points in a game all season while UCLA is averaging 17 points per game.

This has all the makings for a blowout, even if the Huskies offense continues to have its own issues scoring -- their 28.8 points per game is tied for 75th-best in the country. For UCLA to have any chance it will need a lot to go in its favor, and that is a lot to ask.

The expectation is that by the second half the Huskies will assert themselves and should be able to pad their margin of victory. Bet Washington to cover the -20.5 point spread on SugarHouse .

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