California Golden Bears (3-5) vs. USC Trojans (7-1)
November 5, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: USC Trojans -19.5 / California Golden Bears +19.5 ; Over/Under: 56.5
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The USC Trojans and California Golden Bears meet Saturday 11/5 in week 10 PAC-12 college football action from LA Memorial Coliseum. California played Oregon this past weekend. In that one the Bears fell in a blowout. As for USC, they’re coming off a matchup versus Arizona. The Trojans ended up winning by eight points. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
California started out with a 3-1 record, beating UC Davis, UNLV and Arizona (and falling to Notre Dame) along the way. After a win over Arizona, the Golden Bears hit a losing streak versus Washington State, Colorado and Washington.
In the Oregon game, the Bears were down 21-10 going into halftime. Cal kept pace fairly well from there but still lost 42-24. QB Jack Plummer finished with 214 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Jeremiah Hunter caught five balls for 96 yards to lead the receivers.
Over on the Trojans’ side, they hit a six-game win streak to open the 2022 campaign. USC took out Rice, Stanford, Fresno State, Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington state in succession before a one-point loss to Utah.
Matched up against Arizona, USC carried a slim 17-13 lead into the third quarter. After a tense second half the Trojans emerged with a hard-fought win 45-37. QB Caleb Williams threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Travis Dye led the rush on 113 yards and a score.
PICK: I’m probably staying with USC, but the line looks a bit too thick to mess with. The Trojans are coming out of a high-flying win over Arizona, notching 621 yards of offense (411 passing), 8.1 yards per play, 26 first downs, 11-of-17 on third downs and zero turnovers. USC gave up quite a bit (543 yards; 28 first downs) on the other side but still held on for the win.
As for Cal, they hung in there against Oregon pretty well outside of giving up 21 points in the second quarter. The Bears gave up 586 total yards and 31 first downs to a talented Ducks squad, though. USC should have some pretty good opportunities on offense here, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see another high-scoring affair.