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Pac-12 Picks: Championship game will determine if Rivera wins season standings


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This season two of my colleagues — Steve Rivera of GOAZCATS.com and Anthony Gimino of TucsonNewsNow.com — and I am picking the outcomes of Pac-12 games. Odds listed are of the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas. …

After going 6-0 the previous week, Anthony went 0-5 in last week’s Pac-12 picks — such is the way of life of picking these games.

Rivera went 1-4 with the victory being USC’s cover over UCLA.

With the Pac-12 title game today between USC and Stanford, Rivera (32-20-2) holds a one-game lead over Gimino (31-21-2) against the spread. I am two games behind Rivera with a 30-22-2 record.

Rivera and Gimino differ on the outcome of Stanford-USC. The Cardinal is favored by 4.5 points. Both scribes pick Stanford to win but Steve has USC covering while Anthony believes the Cardinal will win by more than 4.5 points.

I am taking Stanford to win and cover as well. The Cardinal have more riding on the outcome with a possible College Football Playoff berth on the line.

BETTING TRENDS

Stanford is 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in their past 11 games against the Pac-12.
USC is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.
The total has gone UNDER in each of Stanford’s past five following an ATS loss.
Stanford is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
Stanford is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Stanford’s last 6 games
Stanford is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Southern Cal
Southern Cal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Southern Cal is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Stanford
Southern Cal is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Stanford

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SCRIBES SPREAD SELECTION STANDINGS
SU: Straight-up pick. ATS: Against-the-spread pick.

Picker SU Pct. ATS Pct.
Steve Rivera 45-9 .833 32-20-2 .611
Anthony Gimino 43-11 .796 31-21-2 .593
Javier Morales 37-17 .685 30-22-2 .574

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