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Chick Picks with Joanna Week 5

Washington secures their first conference win against Cal in front of 60,000 and improves to 3- 1 while LaMichael rushes for a school record 288 yards….
 Keith Price threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns while Washington TB Chris Polk added another on the ground as the Huskies beat the Golden Bears of California 31-23 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium. Washington’s defense kept Cal out of the end zone on four tries to secure the win over Cal in the first Pac-12 conference game of the season for both teams. Washington held the Bears to just three points in the second half.
This is the first time since 2006 that the Huskies have started their season 3-1.
The Huskies head east to take on Utah Saturday night in the first Pac-12 home game in school history – something Salt Lake City has been buzzing about for the past 14 months. The Ute defense leads the conference in pass efficiency defense and interceptions per game. They are second in the conference for fewest offensive touchdowns allowed, and fewest offensive points scored. This is where the Utes are strong, which means Washington’s O-line cannot afford to make mistakes. This should be a good one to watch.
It was 100 degrees at Arizona Stadium last weekend and LaMichael James was on fire as he rushed for a school record 288 yards to help the No. 13 Oregon Ducks breeze by the Arizona Wildcats 56-31 and improved to 3-1 on the season.  James, who also had a 51 yard punt return, averaged over 12 yards per carry in his fifth career 200 yard rushing game. He broke Oregon's single game rushing record of 257 yards by Ontario Smith back in 2001.With his TD runs of 12 and 19 yards, James now has 43 scoring runs, breaking another school record set by Derek Loville who has 42, respectively.

While Oregon came in with the top ranked offense in the conference, Arizona's defense, on paper, is the worst. The Ducks finished the day with 516 total yards; 415 of those on the ground, and were 2 for 2 on fourth down conversions. The Oregon D held the Wildcats to just 82 yards on the ground.

Oregon has the weekend off before they host Cal next Thursday night at Autzen Stadium.

Oh….. Oregon State. I made the mistake so many women do; I was thinking with my heart instead of my head last weekend when I picked them over the Bruins. I was hoping with Rogers back in the lineup he could lead the Beavs to their first win of the season. But that didn’t happen. UCLA outscored the Beavers 27-19 and secured their first Pac-12 conference win, improving to 2-2 on the season. There’s not much to say about this game; an unimpressive victory for the Bruins if about all that comes to my mind. If Coach Neuheisel did celebrate after the game, I hope he went big as he won’t be doing any celebrating this coming weekend as his team goes up against Stanford.  
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Beavs either as they travel to the desert to take on the No. 25 Arizona State Sun Devils.
October 1st Schedule:
Washington St. at Colorado
12:30 PM
Arizona at USC
12:30 PM
Washington at Utah
4:00 PM
Oregon St. at Arizona St.
7:30 PM
UCLA at Stanford
7:30 PM

09/29/2011 11:42AM
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10/27/2011 12:07PM
A girl that knows more about football than the boys
I love reading this column!!! It’s really nice to know there are women out there with such a great knowledge and understanding of the sport!! I sometimes like to pass off Joanna’s chick picks and comments as my own . . . it’s a great way to impressive my husband and his friends :)
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