The Washington State Cougars and the USC Trojans will face off in a Pac-12 clash at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Clarence D. Martin Stadium. The Trojans fired head coach Clay Helton in his seventh season at the helm earlier this week and cornerbacks coach Donte Williams will serve as the interim coach. Helton was 46-24 as head coach and was 3-2 against Washington State as USC's head coach.
However, Washington State covered in three of those five head-to-head matchups and with Helton's imprint still visible, Nick Rolovich will have eyes on an upset. The Trojans are favored by 8.5-points in the latest USC vs. Washington State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 62. Before entering any Washington State vs. USC picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- USC vs. Washington State spread: USC -8.5
- USC vs. Washington State over-under: 62 points
What you need to know about Washington State
Washington State didn't have too much trouble with the Portland State Vikings at home last Saturday as the Cougars won 44-24. Washington State QB Jayden de Laura was slinging it as he passed for two TDs and 284 yards on 26 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown.
The Cougars' defense is giving up 430.5 yards per game through its first two weeks but have been opportunistic, using four turnovers to help limit opponents to 25.0 points per game. However, the Washington State defense has only managed two sacks in two weeks and it will have to create more pressure to take advantage of the tumult at USC.
What you need to know about USC
Meanwhile, the Trojans might not have won anyway, but with 94 yards lost due to penalties, they really shot themselves in the foot last Saturday. They came up short against the Stanford Cardinal, falling 42-28. USC was down 35-13 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for USC, but the Trojans got scores from WR Drake London, RB Keaontay Ingram, and RB Darwin Barlow.
The Trojans did beat Washington State 38-13 a season ago despite managing only five yards rushing in the contest. The USC defense forced three turnovers in that game and Kedon Slovis went 25-of-32 for 287 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. Slovis will have to lead by example again with USC in transition.
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