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The Times’ college football experts make their picks: Nearly all agree, go with USC over UCLA

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USC defensive back Ajene Harris, left, brings down UCLA wide receiver Theo Howard in the fourth quarter on Nov. 18, 2017.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Each week, the Los Angeles Times’ college football experts — it’s how they refer to themselves — make picks on a variety of games. Warning: If they could accurately predict results, they wouldn’t be reporters or editors.

Ben Bolch

USC at UCLA: UCLA 28-27

Michigan State at Nebraska: Michigan State 35-24

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Northwestern at Minnesota: Northwestern 31-28

Utah at Colorado: Utah 31-17

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame 42-21

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia 38-28

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Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 30-20

Stanford at California: California 24-21

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 35-21

Arizona State at Oregon: Arizona State 38-28

Mike Hiserman

USC at UCLA: USC 28-27

Michigan State at Nebraska: Michigan State 27-24

Northwestern at Minnesota: Minnesota 27-24

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Utah at Colorado: Utah 28-20

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame 35-24

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia 38-34

Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 28-24

Stanford at California: Stanford 24-22

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 27-23

Arizona State at Oregon: Arizona State 34-30

J. Brady McCollough

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USC at UCLA: USC 28-20

Michigan State at Nebraska: Nebraska 27-24

Northwestern at Minnesota: Minnesota 23-21

Utah at Colorado: Utah 34-20

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame 35-24

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 45-38

Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 26-21

Stanford at California: Stanford 17-14

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 42-34

Arizona State at Oregon: Oregon 28-27

Blake Richardson

USC at UCLA: USC 27-20

Michigan State at Nebraska: Nebraska 26-17

Northwestern at Minnesota: Minnesota 30-24

Utah at Colorado: Utah 36-20

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame 35-17

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia 33-28

Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 34-30

Stanford at California: California 27-17

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 33-24

Arizona State at Oregon: Arizona State 27-20

Angel Rodriguez

USC at UCLA: USC 27-10

Michigan State at Nebraska: Michigan State 21-10

Northwestern at Minnesota: Northwestern 27-10

Utah at Colorado: Utah 34-17

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Syracuse 27-24

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia 42-17

Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 32-28

Stanford at California: Stanford 24-21

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 27-24

Arizona State at Oregon: Oregon 37-14

David Wharton

USC at UCLA: USC 28-24

Michigan State at Nebraska: Michigan State 21-17

Northwestern at Minnesota: Northwestern 24-23

Utah at Colorado: Utah 28-21

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame: Notre Dame 34-24

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia 45-38

Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin 27-20

Stanford at California: Stanford 31-28

Iowa State at Texas: Texas 35-33

Arizona State at Oregon: Oregon 37-30

Expert: last week; season

Bolch: 7-3; 69-41

Hiserman: 7-3; 78-32

McCollough: 7-3; 74-36

Richardson: 6-4; 68-42

Rodriguez: 5-5; 67-43

Wharton: 8-2; 78-32


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