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USC Has Long Held Dominance Over Washington State

USC and Washington State don’t clash as often as they used to since the California schools were placed in different divisions within the Pac-12. However, the Trojans have typically made easy work of the Cougars, winning nine of the past 10 meetings between the two programs while going 7-3 ATS in that span. USC and Washington State will renew their rivalry under the lights on Friday night in Pullman.

Shark Bites
  • USC QB Sam Darnold threw for 22 TDs to 4 INTs vs Pac-12 opponents last season.
  • Washington State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games against the Pac-12.
  • USC is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games.

The last time USC and Washington State met on the gridiron came back in 2014 when the Trojans walked to a 44-7 victory. Though both teams have undergone almost complete turnovers since then, QB Luke Falk remains under center for Washington State.

Falk’s skill and knowledge within Mike Leach’s offensive system have made him one of the most prolific college quarterbacks in the country. This season alone, Falk has thrown for 14 touchdowns and just one interception. However, he struggled against Boise State and was ultimately taken off the field due to an apparent head injury. Tavares Martin Jr. has cemented himself as the lead receiver after Gabe Marks left for the NFL this past offseason. The junior leads the Cougars in receiving yards, yards per catch and receiving touchdowns.

USC is still undefeated and is riding the second-longest winning streak in the country but the Trojans are not making it easy on themselves. They have had a tendency to allow teams to stick around, which hasn’t bitten them this season but it is worrisome. The offense is putting up good numbers, aside from their turnovers, but it’s USC’s stingy pass defense that has made it a national championship contender.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting USC Trojans opened as 5.5-point favorites in this one at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of writing time; check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

OddsShark college football prediction models picked a 41-32 result in favor of the Trojans on Friday. Check the matchup report for any updates or pick revisions before kickoff. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

USC Trojans vs Washington State Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington State Cougars sport a record of 4-0 and 2-2 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the USC Trojans sit at 4-0 and 1-3 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER totals records are 2-2 for the Cougars and 2-2 for the Trojans. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington State vs USC injuries news.

The game pits the Washington State Cougars, currently No. 15 in our OddsShark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the USC Trojans, who rate No. 8 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington State's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 43.75 PPG, against a USC defense that ranks No. 64 this week at 24.75 PPG. The Washington State aerial game is averaging 432.5 yards per game, more than the USC Trojans secondary allows through the air, 216.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the USC Trojans feature the league's No. 40-rated road run defense, allowing 113 yards per game. Washington State, meanwhile, ranks No. 126 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Trojans grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Golden Bears in their last game, winning 30-20 at California Memorial Stadium.

Luke Falk led the way last time out for the Cougars, connecting for 478 passing yards and a 45-7 victory over the Wolf Pack at Martin Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Southern California is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Southern California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern California's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Southern California's last 13 games
  • Washington State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Washington State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington State's last 6 games
  • Washington State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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