USC at Washington State: 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

USC at Washington State: 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Clarence D. Martin Stadium)

Betting Odds: Washington State Cougars +8.5 -- Over/Under: 62 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The USC Trojans and Washington State Cougars face off on Saturday in a Week 3 college football showdown at Martin Stadium. When these two teams faced off last December, USC came away with the 38-13 victory.

The USC Trojans are going through a lot of changes right now, with head coach Todd Helton being let go. The team has also announced that Donte Williams will be the interim coach. USC has gotten out to a 1-1 start beating San Jose State in the first game but losing to Stanford 42-28. At halftime, USC was down 21-10, and they couldn’t get back into the game in the second half. Kedon Slovis is under center for USC and in the last game, he threw for 223 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. USC’s offense is only averaging five points per game in the 1st quarter, and they need to get out to a fast start. 

On the other side of this matchup is Washington State who opened up their season with a loss against Utah State, before beating Portland State in their last game. The offense scored 44 points, but the defense still gave up 24 points, and the defense has to be a big concern. Jayden de Laura is under center for Washington State, and in the last game he threw for 303 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Washington State needs the offense to be good in this game, but more importantly, the defense is going to need to step up and slow down USC.

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USC is 17-35-2 against the spread in their last 54 road games. Washington State is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog. The over is 5-2 in USC’s last seven road games. The over is 9-4 in Washington State’s last 13 games as an underdog. The road team is 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings played between USC and Washington State. 

I don’t trust USC to cover this type of number, especially going on the road with a new coach in charge. Washington State has proven they have an offense that can keep up in shootouts, and that will be the case in this game. Back Washington State to cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick WashingtonState +8.5

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