Cal Football: Our Week 11 Pac-12 Picks - Can Cal Get Over the Hump vs. USC?

Would a loss to Cal turn up the heat on USC coach Clay Helton?Photo by Kirby Lee, USA Today

Bears have lost 14 in a row to the Trojans, but their defense is keeping them in most games

We’re down to the nitty-gritty of the Pac-12 season, so get down and dirty with our picks that will earn you oodles of money. Our record for picks against the spread proves that. (Maybe we’re in the wrong business.)

This week's games: 

All picks against the spread

Lines taken from (opening lines used)

Last week: Jake 4-2, Jeff 3-3

Season: Jake 45-27, Jeff 41-31

Oregon (plus 3 1/2) at Utah

Jake: Utah bounces back at home as it bids for first place in Pac-12 South. Pick: Utah

Jeff: QB duel makes this a mismatch - Ducks’ star Justin Herbert vs. Utah redshirt freshman Jason Shelley in debut. Pick: Oregon

Washington State (minus 4 1/2) at Colorado

Jake: Cougars will rack up big passing yardage against fading Buffaloes. Pick: Washington State

Jeff: Too much on the line for the Cougars. Pick: Washington State

Oregon State (plus 22 1/2) at Stanford

Jake: Cardinal have lost four of five and can’t beat anyone by three touchdowns. Pick: Oregon State.

Jeff: JJ Arcega-Whiteside is hurt. Bryce Love hasn’t run for 100 yards in two months. Spread is too big. Pick: Oregon State.

Cal (plus 5) at USC

Jake: USC’s 38 points against Oregon State proves nothing; Cal’s defense rises again for outright win. Pick: Cal

Jeff: It’s all about the turnovers. If the Bears avoid them, they can cover, if not win. Pick: Cal

UCLA (plus 12 1/2) at Arizona State

Jake: Tough to peg either team, but Arizona State has more to play for. Pick: Arizona State

Jeff: Sun Devils are rolling again. Pick: Arizona State