Is Saturday the day Cal finally claims its first victory of the Pac-12 Conference season?
Elsewhere, Pac-12 leader Washington ventures cross-state to face rival Washington State, feeling good about itself after sweeping a road tandem in Arizona.
And red-hot Utah hosts topsy-turvy Arizona State in a game that will clarify second place in the conference standings. At least for now.
This week: Jake 3-1, Jeff 3-1
Season: Jeff 51-18, Jake 48-21
USC (13-12, 6-6) at Cal (5-19, 0-12), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Jake: This could be the one for Cal, but the Trojans’ size inside figures to doom the Bears’ chances late in the game. Pick: USC
Jeff: I’m not from Missouri, but the Bears are going to have to show me before I believe it. Pick: USC
Washington (19-5, 10-1) at Washington State (10-14, 3-8), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Jake: Ten days ago, this would have looked like a mismatch. We’re not sure now, with the way WSU’s Robert Franks has been scoring. Throwing logic to the wind . . . Pick: Washington State
Jeff: WSU may be the trendy pick, but Washington has had a week to get ready for this game. Defensive whiz Matisse Thybulle will be excited to take on Robert Franks. Pick: Washington
Arizona State (16-8, 7-5) at Utah (14-8, 8-4), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Jake: We won’t try to figure out the wacky Sun Devils. We do know the Utes don’t beat themselves and lead the Pac-12 in three-point shooting. Pick: Utah
Jeff: Utah is looking like the second-best team in the Pac-12, like that’s something to shout about. The Sun Devils can beat anyone in the league and can lose to anyone. They’ll lose this one. Pick: Utah
UCLA (13-12, 6-6) at Stanford (13-11, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Jake: Stanford has quietly won four of its last five games. Cardinal point guard Daejon Davis (head) might miss a third straight game. Nonetheless. . . Pick: Stanford
Jeff: UCLA could have lost to Cal. Probably should have. I’ve given up on the Pac-12’s two flagship programs. Pick: Stanford
Oregon (15-9, 6-5) at Oregon State (15-8, 7-4), 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Jake: Oregon State beat the Ducks in the conference opener in Eugene, but Oregon big man Kenny Wooten did not play in that one. Pick: Oregon
Jeff: Oregon State was hot early, but I don’t see the Beavers sweeping the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12. Oregon still has pride. Pick: Oregon
Arizona (14-11, 5-7) at Colorado (15-9, 6-6), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Jake: We’re not expecting Brandon Williams to return for Arizona, and the Buffaloes are getting better with every game. Pick: Colorado
Jeff: Brandon Williams? Unless Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott and Tom Tolbert return, I’m done with the Wildcats. This is the worst Pac-12 in two decades, and Arizona is in 10th place. Pick: Colorado