USC Trojans vs. California Golden Bears - 10/27/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (4-3) at USC Trojans (4-3)
College Football: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: USC Trojans -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears will travel to play the USC Trojans in a PAC-12 Friday night college football game.
The USC Trojans are 4-3 (3-2) this season after beating Arizona by a score 48-14 in their last game. USC was able to force 4 turnovers in this game and outgained Arizona by over 200 total yards. The USC offense is averaging 28.3 points per game with 177 rushing yards and 263 passing yards per game. Sam Darnold is completing 66.7% of his passes for 1334 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for USC. Justin Davis has rushed for 476 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ronald Jones has rushed for 285 yards and 2 scores for the Trojans. JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 40 passes for 565 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Steve Mitchell has caught 24 passes for 226 yards and 1 touchdown for USC. The USC defense is giving up 24 points per game with 164.4 rushing yards and 206.3 passing yards per game. Cameron Smith has led the USC defense with 50 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Iman Marshall has added 32 tackles and 2 interceptions. Matt Boermeester has gone 8-12 on field goals, with a long of 49 yards.
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The California Golden Bears are 4-3 (2-2) this season after beating Oregon by a score of 52-49 in overtime in their last game. Cal gained over 630 total yards in this game and was able to get the win in overtime. The Cal offense is averaging 43.7 points per game with 175 rushing yards and 370.3 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 62.2% of his passes for 2581 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Cal. Khalfani Muhammad has rushed for 525 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Tre Watson has rushed for 451 yards and 2 scores for the Golden Bears. Chad Hansen (Questionable) has caught 59 passes for 770 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Demetris Robertson has caught 26 passes for 377 yards and 6 touchdowns for California. The Cal defense is giving up 41.3 points per game with 270.7 rushing yards and 217.6 passing yards per game. Raymon Davison has led the Cal defense with 52 tackles and 1 interception, while Devante Downs has added 51 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Matt Anderson has gone 13-15 on field goals for Cal, with a long of 47 yards.
Cal is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The over is 8-1 in Cal’s last 9 games overall. USC is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. The over is 5-0 in Cal’s last 5 road games. The under is 10-2 in these two teams last 12 meetings. Cal is 1-6 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.
USC has started to get their offense going in recent game and will be at home for this game. Cal has played well to start the season and plays in high scoring games. USC should find success against a poor Cal defense, while the USC defense is the better defensive unit. With USC at home, I like them to win the game, but I am taking Cal to keep it close behind their strong offensive unit.