Utah State ran wild in its opener, while USC got pantsed on the biggest of stages by Alabama. Can the Trojans bounce back? Check out the USC vs. Utah State fearless prediction and game preview.
USC vs. Utah State Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Why Utah State Will Win
Utah State finished Week One with the 123rd-ranked passing game in college football, but there’s a reason.
It was way too busy running all over Weber State.
The Aggie spread attack rolled to perfection, cranking up a nation-leading 428 yards averaging almost ten yards per carry. The USC defensive front is far, far better than it showed against Alabama, but after dealing with Jalen Hurts, the last thing the D needs is to face another mobile, talented quarterback like Kent Myers.
This is a precision attack that doesn’t need a whole lot of room to make things happen. Get the runner in space, and boom – here comes the big run.
While everything went great for the Aggies, what kind of attitude will USC have after such a massive embarrassment? Will it suffer from the Alabama effect and need a little while to get past the brutal beating? If Utah State gets hot early on and comes up with a few early scores, the momentum could play a huge role.
Why USC Will Win
USC is still fast, and it’s still athletic, and it’s still very, very good. Getting blown out by Alabama doesn’t change that.
Just how focused will the Trojans be? The linebacking corps has the perfect makeup to handle the Utah State ground game moving wide, and the secondary should shut down the mediocre Aggie receiving corps cold.
The defensive front continues to be a question mark, now more than ever, but as long as it gets behind the line once in a while, the back seven will take care of the rest.
Offensively, get ready for the emergence of the USC ground game. The O line had no luck whatsoever against Alabama, and the backs never had any room to move. Forget about what happened last week against Weber State – the Utah State defensive front needs work. It’s a feisty group that’ll get behind the line from time to time, but USC should be able to get past last week’s horrors by grinding away early.
What’s Going To Happen?
The Trojans will get their groove back, but Utah State won’t quit. After a hot start with a few good scoring drives from a balanced USC offense, it’ll seem like a cruise control game until the Aggies come up with a few scores of its own in the third quarter to make it a game again. USC will win, but it’ll have to sweat a bit.
USC vs. Utah State Prediction
Final Score: USC 31, Utah State 17
Line: USC -16.5, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 3