Washington State vs. USC - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (4-0) at Washington State Cougars (4-0)
College Football: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Martin Stadium)
The Line: Washington State Cougars +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 5th ranked USC Trojans will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the 16th ranked Washington State Cougars this Friday night in College Football action.
The 5th ranked USC Trojans improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears 30-20, this past Saturday. USC was tied 13-13 with California at halftime, but scored 17 4th quarter points to pull away late in the game. The Trojans were outgained by the Golden Bears by a 416-356 margin and won the turnover battle by a 6-2 difference. Leading the way for USC was QB Sam Darnold who completed 26-38 passes for 223 yards and 2 TD with an INT. On the season, the Trojans are averaging 37.0 ppg on 492.0 total yards per game (306.3 passing yds/g; 185.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, USC is led by QB Sam Darnold who has completed 67.1% of his passes on the season for 9 TD and 7 INT while averaging 306.3 yds/g. Darnold has talented WR's in both Deontay Burnett (8.3 rec/g, 115.5 yds/g, 5 TD) and Steve Mitchell Jr. (4.7 rec/g, 74.2 yds/g, 2 TD). The Trojan backfield is led by Ronald Jones II (19.67 att/g, 107.33 yds/g, 5 TD) and Stephen Carr (11.75 att/g, 74.5 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 24.8 ppg on 370.3 total yards per game (216.8 passing yds/g; 153.5 rushing yds/g). The Trojans have forced 11 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.
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The 16th ranked Washington State Cougars improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Nevada Wolfpack 45-7, this past Saturday. Washington State jumped all over Nevada and had little trouble coming up with the victory after scoring the game's first 45 point. The Cougars outgained the Wolfpack by a 560-151 margin and won the turnover battle with a 3-2 difference. Leading the way for Washington State was QB Luke Falk who completed 36-47 passes for 478 yards and 5 TD. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 43.8 ppg on 504.3 total yards per game (432.5 passing yds/g; 71.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by QB Luke Falk who has completed 76.9% of his passes on the season for 14 TD and 1 INT while averaging 344.5 yds/g. Falk has a pair of talented WR's in Tavares Martin Jr. (6.5 rec/g, 97.5 yds/g, 6 TD) and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (6 rec/g, 59 yds/g, 2 TD). The Cougars backfield is led by James Williams who is averaging 37 yds/g rushing on 9.25 att/g with 1 TD. Williams is also a receiving threat and averages 9.3 rec/g with 66.5 yds/g and 3 TD receiving on the season. Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 18.5 ppg on 262.3 total yards per game (142.3 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g). The Cougars have forced 10 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.
The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games however, just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cougars are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win however, are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
USC reminds undefeated on the season, however, outside of their victory at home against Stanford, the Trojans have underperformed this season and had to really battle to come away with victories against Texas and California. USC’s Sam Darnold was the QB everyone was talking about coming into this season, however, Washington State also has one of the better QB’s in the country in Luke Falk who set Washington State records in passing yards and total offense earlier this season. USC is the more talented team, however, the Cougars are playing better football right now and as I think the Cougars will be able to put up some points against USC, I’m taking Washington State at home with the points.