Hawaii Warriors Vs. USC Trojans Free Pick 8/29/13
Southern California Trojans (0-0) at Hawaii Warriors (0-0)
College Football: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm (Aloha Stadium)
Hawaii Warriors +22.5 --- Over/Under 58.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The #24 Southern California Trojans open 2013 with the Hawaii Warriors on the island Thursday.
USC thumped Hawaii 49-10 last year to open the season. The Trojans however didn't cover the six-touchdown spread bestowed on them.
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Southern Cal is favored by a healthy three TDs in this year's opener. Considering the Warriors led by Norm Chow were down 35-0 at the break it's not surprising the Trojans are favored again by so many points.
USC can score as quickly as any team outside of #3 Oregon. The Trojans are loaded in talent on offense while Hawaii isn't. Don't get me wrong the Warriors aren't all scrubs.
Hawaii has seniors quarterback Sean Schroeder and wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzman returning for one more hoorah while junior running back Joey Iosefa should get the football more regularly for better balance.
Conversely with junior WR Marqise Lee coming off an injury and a new QB under center for Southern Cal I'm not buying them winning easily. The defense will probably be improved, but the offense surely has digressed and it's not like the 2012 Trojans were sparkling on that side of the ball. USC triumphs; however, the Warriors win us money on the spread.