USC Trojans vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (+10)
The USC Trojans (1-1) are traveling to Martin Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Washington State Cougars (1-1). Washington State is 10-point dogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 60.5.
The USC Trojans come into this game with a record of 1-1 for this season. In their last matchup, the Trojans faced off with the Stanford Cardinal and went home with a loss by a final score of 42-28. Vavae Malepeai led the offense in rushing for the Trojans with 15 carries for 94 yds (6.3 yards per attempt). Kedon Slovis went 27/42 with 223 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 112.0 and finished the contest with 1 interception. On the ground, the Trojans conceded 141 yards on 30 attempts, which is an average of 4.7 yards per rush allowed. USC conceded 16 pass completions on 23 attempts for 234 yds, and a completion percentage of 69.6%. In the game, they ran 75 plays for 408 yards. The USC Trojans ended up rushing 33 different times and totaled 185 yds, which earned them an average of 5.6 yards per tote.
Regarding scoring points, the USC Trojans are sitting at 29.0 points per outing. As a team they're maintaining an average of 172.5 yards on the ground which has them sitting 49th in the nation. The Trojans currently have 824 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, USC has earned 3 touchdowns via the pass and 2 touchdowns via the ground. USC has accrued 47 1st downs as a team, and they have been called for 13 infractions for 146 yds.
When it comes to passing yards, the Trojans are allowing 542 yards which has them ranked 125th in D-1. They have allowed 271.0 yards per outing through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 58.0%. In total, they have relinquished 375.5 yards per outing which ranks them 105th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per tote and 104.5 rushing yards per contest for the season. During the season, they have allowed 209 rushing yards through 2 contests. The Trojans are sitting in 96th in D-1 concerning team defense, conceding 24.5 PPG.
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The Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 1-1 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Cougars got the win with a final of 44-24 against the Portland State Vikings. Max Borghi ran the ball 13 times for 59 yds, ending the game with 4.5 yds per attempt for Washington State. Jayden De Laura (3 touchdowns) finished the contest with 303 yards on 21/29 passing while his QB rate was 187.4. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 10.4. Washington State gave up 27 run attempts for 102 yds (3.8 yds per carry). The Cougars secondary gave up a completion rate of 56.0%, relinquishing 318 yds on 28 for 50 through the air. The Cougars finished the contest with 465 yds and they ran 64 plays (7.3 yds per play). Washington State ended up running for 5.1 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 162 yards on 32 carries.
When discussing putting points on the board, the Cougars currently rank 52nd in Division 1 holding an average of 33.5 PPG. For the season thus far, the Cougars have thrown for a total of 514 passing yards together with holding an average of 257.0 passing yards per contest, putting them at 29th in college football. The Washington State Cougars average 412.5 yards per outing, which has them ranked 45th in D-1. The Washington State offense has compiled 60 yds of penalties on 7 violations, which is good for 106th in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team.
Washington State has allowed the opposition a total of 324 yards rushing (162.0 yards per outing) as well as 2 touchdowns via the rush this year. They have allowed the opposition 3 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 268.5 yards/game, which puts them in 126th in college football. The Cougars defense has taken part in 159 plays, which is 136th in Division 1. The Cougars are relinquishing 25.0 points per game, which has them sitting 98th in college football. In total, they have given up 50 points.
Who will win tonight's Trojans/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Trojans -10
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