San Jose State Spartans vs USC Trojans Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose State Spartans vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Trojans (-16)
The San Jose State Spartans (7-1 last year) are traveling to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday where they will compete against the USC Trojans (5-1 last season). San Jose State is 16-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 57.5.
The San Jose State Spartans ended the season having a 7-1 record. In their last contest, the Spartans played the Ball State Cardinals and ended up losing by a score of 34-13. Nick Starkel went 25/42 with 268 yards through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 106.7 and walked away from the contest with 3 interceptions. Kairee Robinson led the offense in rushing for the Spartans with 9 attempts for 28 yards (3.1 yds per carry). In the game, they tallied 68 plays which totaled 347 yds. The San Jose State Spartans ended up running the ball 22 different times and amassed 69 yards, which earned them an average of 3.1 yds per carry. Against the rush, the Spartans gave up 185 yds on 51 attempts, which averages out to 3.6 yards per run allowed. San Jose State relinquished 12 completions on 19 tries for 217 yds, and a completion rate of 63.2%.
Concerning putting points on the board, the San Jose State Spartans were sitting at 28.6 points per contest. As a team they averaged 134.1 yards on the ground, ranking this team 94th in the country. The Spartans earned 3,460 yards in total for the previous season. San Jose State compiled 19 touchdowns via the pass and 8 rushing touchdowns. San Jose State compiled 164 1st downs as an offense, and they committed 53 infractions for 455 yards. They surrendered the ball 9 different times.
The Spartans ranked 28th in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 19.9 PPG. They allowed teams to run for an average of 3.3 yards per run and 123.4 yards on the ground per game last season. During the season, they conceded 987 rushing yards through 8 games. Regarding passing yards, the Spartans gave up 1,807 yds which had them ranked 64th in Division 1. Over the course of their 8 games played last season, they conceded 225.9 yards per game via the pass in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 62.3%. They granted 8 touchdowns through the air and 10 running touchdowns. They gave up 349.3 yards/game ranking them 40th in the country.
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The Trojans wrapped up their year having earned a 5-1 record. When they last played, the Trojans took a loss by a final score of 31-24 when they played the Oregon Ducks. Kedon Slovis (2 TDs) ended the game with 320 yards on 28/52 passing while his quarterback rate was 106.7. He had 3 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.2. Markese Stepp ran the football 13 times for 25 yards, ending the contest with 1.9 yds per carry for USC. USC ended up running for 1.4 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 38 yards on 28 carries. The Trojans finished the contest with a total of 358 yards while running 80 plays (4.5 yards per play). The Trojans pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 57.9%, surrendering 108 yards on 11 out of 19 through the air. USC relinquished 41 run attempts for 135 yds (3.3 yards per carry).
The USC Trojans maintained an average of 416.7 yards/game which had them sitting 47th in D-1. They threw 7 interceptions while losing 4 fumbles and they tallied 135 1st downs. They maintained an average of 97.3 rushing yards per game and toted the ball for 584 yards overall. The USC offense had 426 yds of penalties on 40 violations, which had them sitting 95th in the country in terms of helping out the other team. For the prior season, the Trojans earned 1,916 yards through the air as well as averaging 319.3 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 11th in D-1. When it comes to their ability to score points, the Trojans were ranked 33rd in the nation holding an average of 33.3 PPG.
USC allowed a total of 920 yards on the ground (153.3 yards per contest) and 4 touchdowns via the rush last year. Their defense tallied 7 fumbles recovered and 9 interceptions during the previous year. They conceded 14 touchdowns through the air and 216.3 yards/game, which had them ranked 55th in Division 1. The Trojans defense participated in 404 plays, which was 34th in Division 1. In total, they gave up 156 total points. The Trojans conceded 26.0 PPG, which had them in 57th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Spartans/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Spartans +16
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