Washington State at USC - 10/8/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

USC Trojans (5-0) vs Washington State Cougars (4-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm (United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)

Betting Odds: USC Trojans -12.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington State Cougars and USC Trojans face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 college football showdown at the LA Memorial Coliseum. In 2021 it was USC that secured the 45-14 victory. 

Washington State comes into this game with a 4-1 record and in the last game against California, they were able to secure another victory. Washington State scored 14 points in the 4th quarter and that was the difference as they were able to secure the 29-8 victory. Under center for Washington State is Cameron Ward and in the last game he completed 27 of his 40 passes for 343 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Renard Bell had eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Washington State is averaging 29.6 points while their defense is giving up only 18.2 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is USC who sit with a 5-0 record overall. In the last game against Arizona State, USC scored 42 points, and secured a comfortable victory. Caleb Williams completed 27 of his 37 passes for 348 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Jordan Addison caught eight passes for 105 yards. Overall this season, USC is averaging 42.2 points while their defense is giving up 19.6 points per game. The offense is ranked 10th and the defense is ranked 31st. 

Washington State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall. USC is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. The road team is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings between the two teams. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between USC and Washington State. 

USC has looked good this season, but I’m still not sold on this team. The defense showed some holes against Arizona State, and the Cougars' offense will exploit that. I’m not sure that Washington State is going to do enough to secure the win, but they will keep this within a touchdown. Back Washington State against the spread. This might not be a popular play, but it's one of my favorites on the board. 

Shane’s Pick Washington State +12.5

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