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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Southern Cal Trojans Free Pick - 9/28/13

Southern Cal Trojans (3-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)

The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC 12 Network

The Southern Cal Trojans visit PAC 12 rival the Arizona State Sun Devils in week five action.

USC improved to 3-1 with a 17-14 home win over a pretty good Utah State club in week four. This was all about defense and which unit would allow the decisive play but neither unit blinked. In the end the game was as close as the boxscore withboth teams finishing with 280+ yards. The Trojans have not been moving the chains in the early going and had a bit of success on the ground with Tre Madden leading the way with 93 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown. Cody Kessler didn't have a strong day under center with a 13-27 effort for 164 yards and a TD but managed to make a few plays which was the difference with defense containig the explosive Chuckie Keaton.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Southern Cal Trojans Free Pick - 9/28/13

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Arizona State was fortunate to beat visiting Wisconsin with some controversy in the last seconds a week ago with some indecisions by the officials but there was no controversy in week four in a 42-28 loss at Stanford. The Sun Devils were no match for the Cardinal as they trailed 29-0 at the half before a 21 point 4th made the score respectable. The Sun Devils out gained Stanford 438-392 with the bulk of the damage done in the second half when the game was already decided. ASU had nothing going on the ground with a mere 50 yards but did move the chains late behind Taylor Kelly who completed 30-55 for 367 yards with three TD's and and a pair of interceptions. Jaelen Strong was the receiver of choice with 12 catches for 168 yards and a score. The bottom line is neither side of the ball did a thing in the first half.

The Sun Devils can't afford an 0-2 start in the conference and will need their offense to play well for 60 minutes versus a good USC defense. The Trojans offense is a mystery right now and I think that will hurt them here against a home team that will score...

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