Trojans home to Cougars in NCAAF betting action
Washington State Cougars vs Southern Cal Trojans Odds
The USC Trojans picked up a win but coughed up the cover in their season opener at Hawaii last Thursday.
Southern Cal now opens Pac-12 play with a homer against Washington State at the Coliseum Saturday night (10:30 pm ET, Fox Sports 1).
As of early this week the Trojans, who have won eight straight in this series with Wazzu, were favored by 16 points over the Cougars, who opened their season with a tough 31-24 loss 2,500 miles from home at Auburn.
Betting Line: The visitors opened as 15-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Trojans, currently No. 33 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Cougars, who rate No. 82 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 42-18 victory for the Trojans.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Cal's No. 58-ranked offense (30 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 74 at 31 PPG. The Trojans passing attack has averaged 172 yards per game, more than the Cougars give up through the air (99 YPG on average).
Washington State was a 31-24 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Auburn. They covered the 14-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (55) made winners of UNDER bettors. In Washington State's last outing, Connor Halliday threw for 344 yards in a losing cause against the Tigers, 31-24 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Southern Cal won its last outing, a 30-13 result against Hawaii on August 29. Southern Cal failed to cover in that game as a 23.5-point favorite, while the 43 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Tre Madden tore up the turf for 109 rushing yards in the latest Trojans game, a 30-13 win over the Warriors at Aloha Stadium.
Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 1-9
Southern Cal Trojans Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4
A few Cougars at Trojans trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington State's last 14 games when playing Southern Cal
Washington State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Washington State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Southern Cal
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington State
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Southern Cal's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Cal's last 5 games
Southern Cal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington State
Washington State home to S. Utah, Saturday, September 14
Southern Cal home to Boston College, Saturday, September 14