Picks: Oregon will beat UCLA

Predicting Week 9's big games, including Ducks-Bruins and Gamecocks-Tigers

Updated: October 24, 2013, 12:31 PM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Hundley/MariotaUSA TODAY SportsBrett Hundley's Bruins and Marcus Mariota's Ducks square off in a battle of Pac-12 powers.

Each week during the 2013 college football season, I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games, in addition to a handful of other key matchups.

Week 8 is in the books and my picks went 5-4 due to several upsets in SEC play. My overall record stands at 55-17.

After a week that featured a huge shakeup in the polls, Week 9 brings us four matchups involving ranked teams and a couple of other intriguing conference tilts.

No. 12 UCLA Bruins at No. 3 Oregon Ducks

Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

These two last met in the 2011 Pac-12 championship game as the Ducks beat the Bruins 49-31 at home. Flash forward to this year, and the Bruins are playing in the tail end of the toughest back-to-back road trip that any team faces in college football this year.

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