In any sport, the game after a tough loss is where you want to try and get a little bit of your mojo back. That becomes a little easier to do when the team that you face is even more down on their luck than you are. This is exactly the scenario that the USC Trojans will be facing this week when they take on their Pac-12 rival Washington State Cougars. While this isn’t really a big surprise, the Trojans are listed as road favorites on the current lines for college football.
Date/Time: Saturday, November 1, 4:30 PM
Location: Clarence D. Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
Broadcast on PACN
USC are sitting at 5-3 on the season and are undoubtedly still licking their wounds after a 21-24 loss to Utah. Things could very easily have been very different for the Trojans this season, as the games they have lost have all been of the tight variety. They are still occupying a spot in the Top 25, but that will definitely not be the case if they go down again this weekend. They do have a 4-2 conference record, which, while not particularly great, is still much better than that of their opponent.
The Washing State Cougars (2-6) have struggled this year, and you need only look at their miserable 1-4 conference record to get an idea of how bad it has been. They have lost three in a row, including losses to Arizona State, Stanford and California, giving up a total of 153 points in the process. The one that had to have hurt the most was the game that started this current slide, a 59-60 loss to California at home. It’s not often a team will put that many point on the board and still somehow manage to come away with the loss.
USC: -9-110, OV 65 -110, ML -380
WASHINGTON STATE: +9-110, UN 65 -110, ML +310
USC are a 9-point road favorite for this one, and are currently 5-3 ATS this season. The Cougars are 3-5 ATS, which includes a 2-2 home record. They have failed to cover in each of their last three games, all of which they ended up losing, although only once as a favorite. They are on a serious slide at the moment and seem to be lacking any sort of confidence at all. They are going to have to pick things up pretty dramatically if they are to get anything out of this one.
The USC Trojans are pretty far from being the great team that they were a few years back, but they are still plenty good enough to get the win here. The question is really whether or not they have what it takes to cover the 6.5-points, and I believe that they do. I see them being pretty comfortable double digit winners in this one.