Washington State at USC: 12/6/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Washington State at USC: 12/6/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Trojans (3-0) vs Washington State Cougars (1-1)

Game Info: Monday, December 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm (United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)

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The Washington State Cougars will travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the 18th ranked USC Trojans this Sunday night in College Football action.

The Washington State Cougars had their game last week against Stanford cancelled due to COVID-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 1-1 (1-1 Pac-12) after being defeated by the 11th ranked Oregon Ducks, 43-29, on November 14th. Washington State was able to get out to a 19-7 lead late in the 2nd quarter, however, the Cougars defense struggled down the stretch and allowed Oregon to pull out the victory after the Ducks scored three TD’s in the 4th quarter. Washington State was outgained by Oregon by a 581-421 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was WR Renard Bell who had 10 receptions for 158 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Washington State is averaging 33.5 ppg on 438.5 total yards per game (274.0 passing yds/g; 164.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by RB Deon McIntosh who has 239 yards & 2 TD’s on 34 carries. QB Jayden de Laura has completed 59.7% of his passes for 548 yards, 4 TD, & 1 INT. de Laura is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cougars with 54 yards & 1 TD on 16 carries. The leading receivers for the Cougars have been Renard Bell (16 rec, 218 yards, TD), Travell Harris (16 rec, 201 yards, 2 TD), and Jamire Calvin (6 rec, 62 yards).

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Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 35.5 ppg on 516.0 total yards per game (320.5 passing yds/g; 195.5 rushing yds/g).

The 18th ranked USC Trojans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 3-0 (3-0 SEC) on the season after defeating the Utah Utes, 33-17, on November 21st. USC’s defense was outstanding in creating turnovers and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 43-yard FG by Parker Lewis gave the Trojans a 30-17 lead late in the 3rd quarter. USC outgained Utah by a 357-327 margin and won the turnover battle by a 5-2 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was QB Kedon Slovis who completed 24 of 35 passes for 264 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, USC is averaging 31.7 ppg on 470.3 total yards per game (323.3 passing yds/g; 147.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, USC has been led by QB Kedon Slovis who has completed 70.7% of his passes for 970 yards, 5 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Trojans have been Amon-Ra St. Brown (19 rec, 266 yards), Drake London (15 rec, 238 yards, TD), Tyler Vaughns (18 rec, 185 yards, TD), and Bru McCoy (13 rec, 142 yards, TD). Leading the way for the USC backfield has been the trio of Markese Stepp (26 att, 135 yards, 2 TD), Vavae Malepeai (33 att, 130 yards, 2 TD), and Stephen Carr (23 att, 122 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, USC is allowing their opponents to average 24.7 ppg on 387.7 total yards per game (212.0 passing yds/g; 175.7 rushing yds/g).

The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. USC. The Trojans are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Pac-12 opponents, however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 December games.

USC can struggle covering large spreads, however, I like how the Trojans offense is looking this season as they are doing a great job of attacking through the air. Washington State has really struggled defensively in their first two games, especially against the pass, and as I think USC will be able to put up 40+ points in this one, I think they do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick USC Trojans -11.5

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