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California Golden Bears vs. Southern Cal Trojans - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Cal Trojans (3-3) at California Golden Bears (5-2)
Date & Time Saturday October 31, 2015, 3:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: California Golden Bears +4 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Southern Cal Trojans (3-3) at California Golden Bears (5-2)

The USC Trojans travel to play the California Golden Bears in a Pac-12 game on Saturday afternoon.

The California Golden Bears are coming off of a loss to UCLA last Thursday night. The Cal offense is averaging 37.9 points per game with 504.6 yards per game. Jared Goff is the quarterback for Cal with 2265 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Khalfani Muhammad is the lead back for Cal with 429 yards and one touchdown. Kenny Lawler is the big play receiver for Cal with 497 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Cal defense has given up 26.7 points per game with 420.3 yards per game. Cal’s defense has 20 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, and 12 interceptions. Cal started the season off strong but has lost two straight games. They will need to get back on track against USC, but it will not be an easy task.

The USC Trojans are coming off of a huge win against the third ranked Utah Utes last weekend. The USC offense is averaging 38.9 points per game with 492 yards per game. Quarterback Cody Kessler leads the USC offense with 2082 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Ronald Jones II is the leading back for USC with 453 yards and 4 touchdowns. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the leading receiver for the USC. Smith-Schuster is one of the best offensive weapons in the country and will look to have a big game against the Cal defense. The USC defense has given up 21.7 points per game with 395.4 yards per game. USC’s defense has 17 sacks, 6 fumble recoveries, and 8 interceptions. USC looked very impressive in their win last weekend and will look to ride that momentum into this showdown with Cal.

USC is 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games. The under is 5-1 in USC’s last 6 road games. Cal is 6-18 ATS in their last 24 home games. Cal is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The under is 4-0 in Cal’s last 4 home games. USC is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

USC comes into this game riding all sorts of momentum after their big win against Utah. On the other hand, Cal is struggling after their last 2 losses. This seems to be a matchup between two teams heading in different directions. I expect USC to put up big points against Cal but if Cal can force turnovers, they may be able to win this one. However, I think USC will be too much for Cal to handle and will win this one.

USC Trojans -5

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