Check out the USC vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
USC (2-3) vs. Colorado (4-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Why Colorado Will Win
The offense has been phenomenal, and it doesn’t seem to matter who or what kind of a defense it has to go against.
It was just fine against Michigan in the loss, and it blew through all things Oregon with stunning wins over Oregon and Oregon State to take the lead in the Pac-12 South race. But now we all get to see just how good the Buffs really are.
The defense has been a surprising rock, the passing game unstoppable no matter who’s at quarterback, and for the first time in a long time, there’s a genuine excitement.
This really is a team good enough to pull off a run to the South title, but as strong as the offense is, beating USC could come down to the D.
The Buff front seven has been a stunning rock, giving up just 700 rushing yards total in the five games and just over four yards per carry. While Oregon was able to hit a few home runs, and the Ducks and Michigan each ran for three touchdowns, the Colorado line is strong enough follow up a rough play with two stops – it’s been able to adjust fast.
USC’s ground game has been okay, but it’s been inconsistent. The offensive line hasn’t played quite up to expectations, and Colorado should be able to get into the backfield just enough to force Sam Darnold into tough third down situations.
Why USC Will Win
Sam Darnold is really good. So is Justin Davis. So is JuJu Smith-Schuster.
It’s as if USC finally decided that enough was enough, and it cranked up the talent against Arizona State last week with Darnold coming up with his second straight terrific game as the starter – he threw for 352 yards – while Davis hit the 120-yard mark for the second straight game, and Smith-Schuster had his first 123-yard receiving day of the year with three scores.
The machine appears to be getting revved up.
Yeah, Colorado can score on anyone, and the passing game is clicking at the highest level, but USC is more than equipped to keep up the pace, and last week proved it can turn it really can turn it loose.
Was the blowout over Arizona State the turning point? Are the Trojans now going to play like they’re supposed to? After that Utah loss, it seems like they’re ready to go on a run. So far they’re 2-0 at home averaging 43 points per game, and 0-3 on the road. Granted, those three games on the road are nasty, but …
What’s Going To Happen?
Being at home will matter to the Trojans. It’s an afternoon game with both teams coming out hot from the start. Both quarterbacks – Steven Montez is expected to get the call for the Buffs – will blow up with 300-yard days, but the Trojans will once again show off more weapons.
Watch out for the punting game. Colorado has one of the nation’s worst, while Adoree Jackson and company are tremendous on punt returns – the Trojans averaging over 25 yards per pop.
USC vs. Colorado Prediction
Final Score: USC 41, Colorado 30
Line: USC -4.5, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 4
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 3.5