USC at Cal - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Cal Trojans (3-3) at California Golden Bears (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm (California Memorial Stadium)
The Line: California Golden Bears +5.5 -- Over/Under: 69.6 See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans and Cal Golden Bears meet Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The USC Trojans look for their second road win after splitting their last six games. Cody Kessler is completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 2,082 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Kessler has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson have combined for 1,217 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Steven Mitchell Jr. has 15 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 165.1 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 453 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 21.7 points and 395.4 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the Trojans with 62 tackles, Su'a Cravens has two interceptions and Delvon Simmons has three sacks. Chad Wheeler, Claude Pelon and Steven Mitchell are questionable.
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The Cal Golden Bears look to remain unbeaten at home to become bowl eligible. Jared Goff is completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,265 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Goff has nine passing touchdowns in his last three games. Kenny Lawler and Stephen Anderson have combined for 845 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Trevor Davis has 16 receptions. The Cal Golden Bears ground game is averaging 157.8 yards per contest, and Khalfani Muhammad leads the way with 429 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cal is allowing 26.7 points and 420.3 yards per game. Damariay Drew leads the Golden Bears with 43 tackles, Darius White has two interceptions and Kyle Kragen has five sacks. Brian Farley is questionable.
The Trojans are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 home games. The Trojans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in California and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings overall.
Cal is simply too soft for the Trojans on both sides of the ball, as it's a finesse team and doesn't play much defense. I like the Trojans to get back-to-back big victories.