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USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Buffaloes (4-1) at USC Trojans (2-3)
Date & Time Saturday October 8, 2016, 4:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: USC Trojans -5.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
PAC-12 Network
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CFB | Colorado Buffaloes (4-1) at USC Trojans (2-3)

The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to play the USC Trojans in a PAC-12 college football game on Saturday.

The USC Trojans are 2-3 (1-2) this season after beating Arizona State by a score of 41-20 in their last game. USC dominated this game, taking a 35-point lead into the fourth quarter. The USC offense is averaging 25.8 points per game with 145.8 rushing yards and 245.8 passing yards per game. Sam Darnold is completing 67.9% of his passes for 741 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception for USC. Justin Davis has rushed for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ronald Jones has rushed for 152 yards and 1 touchdown for the Trojans. JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 26 passes for 320 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Darreus Rogers has caught 19 passes for 239 yards for USC. The USC defense is giving up 27.4 points per game with 170.8 rushing yards and 205.4 passing yards per game. Cameron Smith has led the USC defense with 45 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while Porter Gustin has added 34 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Matt Boermeester has gone 8-11 on field goals for USC, with a long of 49 yards.

The Colorado Buffaloes are 4-1 (2-0) this season after beating Oregon State by a score of 47-6 in their last game. Colorado looked very impressive in this win, outgaining the Beavers by over 330 total yards. The Colorado offense is averaging 43.2 points per game with 218.6 rushing yards and 312.6 passing yards per game. Sefo Liufau was the starting quarterback, but has been injured in the past few games. Steven Montez is completing 63.2% of his passes for 743 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Colorado. Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 338 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Kyle Evans has rushed for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Buffaloes. Devin Ross has led the Colorado receivers with 26 catches for 364 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Shay Fields has added 21 catches for 460 yards and 5 scores. The Colorado defense is giving up 20.6 points per game with 140 rushing yards and 150.4 passing yards per game. Kenneth Olugbode has had 34 tackles and 1 sack, while Rick Gamboa has added 28 tackles and 1 interception for Colorado. David Price has gone 2-2 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards for Colorado.

Colorado is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 5-1 in Colorado’s last 6 conference games. USC is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games. The under is 3-1-1 in USC’s last 5 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Colorado has surprised everyone this season and will look to continue their fast start to the season. USC was finally able to get a win after a heartbreaking loss in their previous game. The Colorado offense has been able to find success and goes up against a USC defense that hasn’t looked very dependable at times this season. USC took advantage of a bad Arizona State defense in their last game, but goes up against a much tougher task in this one. I like the Colorado defense to be the difference in this game. 

Colorado Buffaloes +5.5

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