The pickings were good
A look back at what prognostication prowess our beat writers, Jason Vondersmith (Oregon football) and Kerry Eggers (Oregon State football), had in 2017:
• Both Vondersmith and Eggers correctly pegged USC to win the Pac-12 championship.
• Both had the Trojans edging their Pac-12 title game opponent. Vondersmith predicted a 27-21 USC win over Washington; Eggers had it 35-28, also vs. the Huskies. Southern Cal's conference foe turned out to be Stanford, and USC won, 31-28.
• Vondersmith had USC and most of the Pac-12 North pegged very well. Examples: He hit the league records exactly for Washington (7-2), Washington State (6-3), Oregon (4-5) and USC (8-1).
• Both writers expected much more out of Oregon State, though, than the 1-11 (0-9 Pac-12) season the Beavers suffered through under two head coaches. Vondersmith had OSU going 6-6, 4-5; Eggers picked the Beavs for 5-7, 3-6.
• Vondersmith and Eggers also picked the outcome of each game played by the team they cover in the 17th year of a Tribune feature: Jason Says and Kerry Says.
Eggers nailed 10 of the 12 Oregon State games under coaches Gary Andersen and his successor, Cory Hall. The misses: He had OSU winning its opener by four points at Colorado State (the Beavers lost big after a close first half), and he had OSU nipping Cal by three points (the Bears won by 14).
Vondersmith was a solid 9-4 in picking U of O games. Early on, he had Oregon correctly beating Nebraska, but missed later when he picked the Ducks to beat Arizona State and Boise State and when he forecast them to lose to Utah and Arizona. It was that kind of year for the Willie Taggart and Justin Herbert and Braxton Burmeister and Mario Cristobal Ducks.