USC vs. Washington State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, September 21st
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
USC (1-2) vs. Washington State (3-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why USC Will Win
Even with all of the problems, the defense is doing its part – it’s the offensive side that’s the major issue.
The secondary should be able to keep the team in the game. The Trojans have yet to come up with a pick, but they’re allowing teams to hit fewer than half of their passes, and they’re not getting torched.
So far, the Washington State passing attack has been amazing, but the offense is having a rough time moving the chains. Just 5-of-26 on third downs against Wyoming and San Jose State – but the Cougars hit on half of their tries against Eastern Washington – it’s been one of the few blips so far.
With that struggling O, the Trojan D has to get off the field fast, and then hope things start to click.
As good as Wazzu has been, it has yet to face a high-powered FBS offense. But …
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
The USC offense hasn’t been that bad … it just can’t score.
It moves the ball, the passing attack is coming up with yards, and there have been a few chances, but the running game is an embarrassment, gaining just 109 yards per game so far.
Granted, the Cougar defense has yet to face a dangerous ground game, but it’s been a brick wall, holding San Jose State to just nine yards and doing a nice job overall.
One of the biggest shockers so far has been Wazzu’s ability to put a stranglehold on the clock, holding the ball for close to 35 minutes per game.
Get up fast, make USC press, with the turnover battle – USC doesn’t force takeaways – and keep the O on the field. Do that on the road, and the Cougars can pull this off.
What’s Going To Happen
Will USC eventually wake up? Will it be desperate enough at home to finally get the offense going against a decent team, and will the defense be able to carry the team when the O doesn’t do its part?
This isn’t going to be the USC team everyone has been waiting for, but it’ll be just effective enough in the Coliseum against a Wazzu team that’s good, but hasn’t played anyone yet.
It’ll hardly be anything to bottle up, but it’ll be a win for the Trojans. Right now, that’s more than enough.
Fearless Prediction & Line
USC 31, Washington State 27
Line: Washington State -3.5, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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