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Southern Cal Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Free Pick 9/7/13

Washington State Cougars (0-1) at USC Trojans (1-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Cal Trojans -15 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The USC Trojans and the Washington State Cougars meet on Saturday in Los Angeles for a Pac-12 college football match up.

The USC Trojans are nationally ranked and got their season started with a win, but very few questions were answered in week one against Hawaii. USC still hasn’t settled on a starting QB, as neither Cody Kessler nor Max Wittek did anything to distinguish themselves. Tre Madden got the start against Hawaii, filling in for Silas Redd and he went for 118 yards and Justin Davis had 74 yards and a touchdown, Superstar wide receiver Marqise Lee had a nice game, catching eight passes for 104 yards. USC’s defense was clearly the stronger unit, as they manhandled Hawaii, registering seven sacks and four interceptions. Leonard Williams and George Uko each had two sacks, while Dion Bailey had seven tackles, a sack, and an interception. The good news for the Trojans was they got a win on the road, the bad news was the offense is going to need to improve in a hurry.

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Southern Cal Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Free Pick 9/7/13

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The Washington State Cougars were in their game against Auburn all of the way in week one, but in the end it was their own mistakes that proved to be their undoing. QB Connor Halliday threw for 344 yards at Auburn, but the issue was interceptions, of which he threw three, including a crucial one into the endzone with the Cougars on the Auburn two-yard line late in the game. Sophomore Teondray Caldwell ran for 53 yards, Marcus Mason ran for 43 yards, and Jermiah Laufasa had two touchdowns. Gabe Marks led Wazzu with nine catches, Bobby Ratliff averaged 22 yards per catch, and Ricky Galvin had five catches. The WSU defense had a tough day stopping the run, allowing 295 yards on the ground. If Washington State is going to compete, they are going to need to eliminate the six turnovers that really were their undoing, and makes it nearly impossible to win on the road.

USC is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven Pac-12 games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, and 1-6 against the spread following a win. Washington State is 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five September games. The Favorite has covered the spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.

Washington State’s offense can move the ball and if they can avoid the mistakes, they might give the Trojans a run for their money straight up, but with 15 points on the table for the taking, I would gladly take them.

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