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4/2/2012 9:25:54 PM

Dodger Matt
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Week 8

The ISRs are firming up. Two (at the time I wrote this)--Oregon State and Oregon--are exactly the same as the NCBWA poll rankings and three others--UCLA, Stanford, Arizona--are within three spots of the poll. So this week’s listings are again sorted by NCBWA and ISR (in parentheses).

This week's games
  • #19 (19) Oregon at #5 (3) UCLA
  • #17 (17) Oregon State at #23 (37) Arizona State
  • #6 (4) Stanford at (31) Washington
  • (50) California at (30) USC
  • #10 (7) Arizona at (186) Utah
  • (146) Seattle at (59) Wazzu
Week 8 Series
  • This week’s top series matches two top-20 teams, Oregon, a team tied for 3rd, with UCLA, a team tied for 1st. Oregon jumped in most polls and in the ISRs after sweeping ASU last week and sits at #19 in the NCBWA poll, even with their ISR. UCLA, after 3 embarrassing losses in their first five games (to Maryland twice and Baylor), went on a twelve-game win streak after that and have lost only two of their last 20 games. Both teams need to do well to stay close to Arizona, which will have an easier path this week.

  • The other team tied for 3rd, Oregon State, visits Tempe to take on a frustrated Arizona State, currently in unfamiliar territory for Sun Devil fans--tied with Utah for 9th place. At 37, ASU has an uncommonly low (for them) ISR right now too, making it seem OSU, at 17 in the NCBWA poll and ISR, will have the upper hand. But they’ll be playing in ASU’s “crib” and facing a Sun Devil team currently on a four-game losing streak and not used to getting abused. This will be a hard-fought series.

  • It seems strange that Stanford, ranked #2 nationally last week, would be sitting alone in 6th place after two weeks of conference play with a 2-4 record. They are still in the top ten in most polls and in the ISRs, but they play in Seattle against a resourceful 5th place Washington team with an ISR of 31. And Seattle’s weather this time of year does not favor teams that aren’t used to playing there.

  • Cal may be on a rebound after coming back from a ten-run defeat in the opener with Texas to beat the Longhorns twice. They face a higher-ranked USC team at Rod Dedeaux Field. Both teams have a lot of potential and could still play an important role in the conference championship, even if neither will challenge for the honors. The next few weeks will be the springboard stretch of the schedule for both teams. A series win this week will be a big boost going forward.

  • The blowout series this week, not surprisingly, will also take place in SLC, as the new kids to beat, the Arizona Wildcats, take on Utah. I don’t think Utah will overtake (undertake?) Cal for last place after this week, but it should get closer.

  • Week 8’s nonconference series has Seattle at Wazzu. The Redhawks (14-10) have an ISR higher than Utah’s and some wins over UW, UC Davis (who beat Utah), BYU, and San Jose State. Not stellar, but certainly within the realm of possibility that they could steal one or two from the Cougs.
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4/2/2012 9:57:55 PM

OpihiMan
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UCLA 3-0
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
Cal 2-1
Ariz 3-0
WSU 3-0
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4/3/2012 8:26:05 AM

Riverduck
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OpihiMan wrote:
UCLA 3-0
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
Cal 2-1
Ariz 3-0
WSU 3-0

Sorry guys- not votiing again.. Will come back after we lose a series.
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4/3/2012 8:27:06 AM

Riverduck
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Riverduck wrote:
OpihiMan wrote:
UCLA 3-0
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
Cal 2-1
Ariz 3-0
WSU 3-0

Sorry guys- not votiing again.. Will come back after we lose a series.

Thanks for the confidence Ophi.. things are starting to fall into place.
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4/3/2012 9:34:46 AM

borgguy
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last week was just brutal, but goes to show how good from top to bottom the pac 12 is. 5 teams in the PG top 25 and 8 in the top 50.
UCLA 2-1 the duckies are riding high after sweeping the devils but crash back to earth against the Bruins

ASU 2-1 beavers played sloppy last weekend at home and were lucky to escape with a series win, ASU is going to PISSED after getting swept in Eugene and take out thier frustration against the beavs.

Stan 2-1 despite getting swept and narrowly avoiding an embarassing midweek loss, stanford rights the ship and gets back on their winning ways

USC 2-1 yes cal just beat texas, but they also got swept by the beavs, USC is playing at home, edge goes to the trojans

Ariz 3-0 after sweeping stanford anything less than a sweep against the lowely Utes should be viewed as a dissapointment

WSU 2-1 thought about the sweep, but sweeping anyone is difficult, even an overmatched non con foe, and the cougs have a nasty habit of dropping a game that they by rights shouldnt.
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4/3/2012 9:36:12 AM

borgguy
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Riverduck wrote:
Riverduck wrote:
OpihiMan wrote:
UCLA 3-0
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
Cal 2-1
Ariz 3-0
WSU 3-0

Sorry guys- not votiing again.. Will come back after we lose a series.

Thanks for the confidence Ophi.. things are starting to fall into place.


I will give the duckies a little more confidence, i think they can steal one game away

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4/3/2012 9:41:42 AM

FullertonBaseballFan
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UCLA 2-1
ASU 2-1
Stan 2-1
USC 2-1
AZ 3-0
WSU 2-1
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4/3/2012 12:02:52 PM

Riverduck
Riverduck
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Aw Heck- Can't resist
UO 2-1
ASU 3-0
WA 2-1
USC 2-1
AZ 3-0
WSU 2-1
Ncaa projections are out. 4 pac regionals?? Wow
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4/3/2012 12:17:09 PM

MostUnknown
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UCLA 2-1
ASU 2-1
Stan 2-1
USC 2-1
UofA 3-0
Wazzu 2-1
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4/3/2012 12:29:39 PM

WildCard85
WildCard85
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UCLA 2-1
ASU 2-1
STAN 3-0 (major bounce-back weekend)
USC 2-1
UA 2-1
WSU 2-1
GO CARDINAL !!!
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4/3/2012 5:14:37 PM

BeaverBeliever20
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Posts: 129
UCLA 2-1
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
USC 2-1
UA 2-1
WSU 3-0
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4/3/2012 7:38:05 PM

Florida Beaver
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UCLA 2-1
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
USC 2-1
UA 3-0
WSU 3-0

Ha ha RD. Just couldn't help yourself, huh? S'okay. We understand the weakness.
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4/3/2012 8:31:25 PM

ASU74
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FYI
I just realized we have an early start this week due to the Easter Holiday. The weekend series start on Thur 4/5/12, so get your crystal balls out early.

RD:
It is bad luck to be superstitious. Educated
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4/3/2012 11:54:07 PM

BeaverBob
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UCLA 2-1
OSU 2-1
Stan 2-1
Cal 2-1
Ariz - 2-1
WSU 2-1
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4/4/2012 9:39:23 AM

ASU74
ASU74
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UCLA 2-1
ASU 2-1
STAN 2-1
USC 3-0
UA 3-0
WSU 2-1

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4/4/2012 2:30:04 PM

Riverduck
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Come on guys.. no votes for Oregon? We beat em last time we went down there, and they were rated alot higher.. lol.
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4/4/2012 4:38:18 PM

Riverduck
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I am so ready for weekend baseball- anyone with me?
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4/4/2012 4:40:10 PM

Riverduck
Riverduck
Posts: 2290
ASU74 wrote:
FYI
I just realized we have an early start this week due to the Easter Holiday. The weekend series start on Thur 4/5/12, so get your crystal balls out early.

RD:
It is bad luck to be superstitious. Educated
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edited by ASU74 on 4/3/2012
No Way! Only way to fly!
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4/4/2012 10:29:18 PM

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
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Looks like we're only going to have 11 votes again this week. We've really lost a lot of ASU fans as their team has dropped off. Unfortunately, we have not made that deficit up with gains of fans from teams that have improved (Arizona, UW, USC, etc.) Despite Oregon's success, all they can muster is a single measly RiverDuck fan on this board. And I've only seen one Cal fan ever. And what is a Utah fan? Does it exist? Maybe Bigfoot could tell us if he has ever seen such a creature.

Anyway, here are my picks.

ucla 2-1
osu 2-1
stan 2-1
usc 2-1
ariz 3-0
wsu 3-0
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4/4/2012 11:33:42 PM

ConnorOSU
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UCLA 2-1
ASU 2-1
Wash 2-1
USC 2-1
Ariz 3-0
WSU 2-1
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