Canzano: Week 8 picks, predictions and thoughts
Pac-12 is a blender of emotion.
Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb told reporters this week that he went home after last Saturday night’s 36-33 victory over the University of Oregon and celebrated with “a good bottle of vino.”
Oregon head coach Dan Lanning was asked what his first thought was after he woke on Sunday morning. He said: “I guess you’re assuming I went to bed, right?”
I was at Husky Stadium for the game last Saturday. There was a lot going on in the wake of it. Grubb said he got emotional in the stadium tunnel. His quarterback Michael Penix Jr. wiped away tears with his jersey after the win. And I saw a handful of Oregon players leave the field with glassy eyes and clenched fists.
It was an emotional blender.
I can’t help but wonder how all those feelings will manifest themselves this week. Will there be letdowns by Oregon and/or Washington? Will Utah rise to meet the moment as it always does against USC? And what is happening with Washington State and some others?
I went 4-1-1 against the spread last week on my Pac-12 picks. I tied the Oregon-Washington game and missed on USC’s loss to Notre Dame. I went 2-4 picking winners, straight up.
My 2023 season record vs. the spread: 25-20-1 (56 percent)
My 2023 straight-up record: 46-9 (85 percent)
My Week 8 picks, thoughts and predictions…