Saturday, October 8, 2016
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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The Colorado Buffaloes take on the USC Trojans on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The opening line for this game has USC as 4 point favorites. This season the Buffaloes are 5-0-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-2-0. The Trojans have an over/under record of 2-3-0 and they are 2-3-0 against the spread.
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Steven Montez finished with 293 yards through the air for Colorado last week. He completed 19 passes out of 27 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. The Buffaloes were led in rushing by Phillip Lindsay, who finished with 90 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Shay Fields was the team leader in receiving with a total of 169 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 24 yards per reception. As a team in that game Colorado got a total of 27 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 91 total plays for 553 yards for the game. The Buffaloes ran for 252 yards on 57 attempts.
Sam Darnold finished with 352 yards passing for USC last week. He went 23 for 33, resulting in a 70% completion percentage. The Trojans were led on the ground by Justin Davis, who finished with 123 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 9 yards per rush. JuJu Smith led the team in receiving with 123 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. USC had 23 first downs total. 7 came from running the ball and 12 came from a pass. They ran 69 total plays for 523 yards for the contest. The Trojans ran for 157 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Colorado scores 43.2 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 16th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 21.4 passes on 32 attempts for a 66.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 312.6 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 19th in college football. The Buffaloes run for an average of 217 yards per game on 49.8 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. That ranks them 33rd in the nation. They also run 81.8 plays per contest and average 6.5 yards per play for an average of 529.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 10th overall this season. The Buffaloes average 26.6 first downs per game which ranks them 9th in the country. They accumulate 43.2 penalty yards per game via 5.2 penalties, which ranks 111th in the nation.
Colorado allows 150.2 passing yards per game, ranking 9th in D-1, and they allow 20.6 points per contest on defense, which ranks 36th. They give up 16.4 completions on 33 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 49.7. The Buffaloes allow 140.2 rushing yards per game on 33.6 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 51st in the country. Colorado allows 290.4 total yards per game including 4.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 13th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.6 penalties for 48.2 yards per game, ranking them 38th among D-1 teams.
USC averages 25.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 90th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 22.2 passes per game on 34.2 attempts for a 64.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 245.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 57th in Division 1. The Trojans run for an average of 145.8 yards per game on 33.2 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 93rd on the ground. They also run 67.4 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 391.6 yards per game, ranking them 85th in the country on offense. The Trojans get an average of 20.4 first downs per game, which ranks 83rd in the nation. They average 54 penalty yards per game via 6.6 penalties, ranking them 68th in college football.
USC allows an average of 206.8 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 40th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 27.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 65th in the nation. They give up 17.2 completions on 28.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.1 per game. The Trojans allow 169.4 rushing yards per contest on 39.6 carries for a 4.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 78th in the country. USC allows 376.2 total yards per game for an average of 5.5 yards per play, which ranks 54th in D-1. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and 4.4 penalties for 44 yards in each contest, ranking 19th in the nation.
Colorado Betting Trends
Colorado is 3-2-0 against the over/under this season
Colorado has an ATS record of 5-0-0 this season
USC Betting Trends
USC is 2-3-0 against the over/under this season
USC has an ATS record of 2-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/02/16 DB Jaisen Sanchez Knee "?" Saturday vs. USC
10/02/16 TE Sean Irwin Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. USC
10/02/16 LB Trent Headley Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. USC
10/01/16 QB Sefo Liufau Ankle "?"
09/30/16 WR Juwann Winfree Knee out for season
09/27/16 WR Jaleel Awini Back out indefinitely
09/19/16 LB Derek McCartney ACL out for season
09/18/16 PK Diego Gonzalez Achilles out for season
10/02/16 RB Dominic Davis Thigh "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 CB John Plattenburg Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 DT Khaliel Rodgers Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 DT Malik Dorton Hip "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 T Zach Banner Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 Backup QB Matt Fink Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
10/02/16 LB Quinton Powell Illness "?" Saturday vs. Colorado
09/28/16 DT Noah Jefferson Academics out indefinitely
09/21/16 T E.J. Price Personal out indefinitely
09/21/16 RB Vavae Malepeai Shoulder out indefinitely
09/18/16 DE Don Hill Suspension out indefinitely
09/14/16 DE Osa Masina Dismissed has left team
09/09/16 C Toa Lobendahn Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take USC
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