Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans Prediction, 10/8/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Trojans (-11)
The USC Trojans (5-0) welcome the Washington State Cougars (4-1) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. Washington State opens this contest as 11-point dogs. The over/under is set at 59.5.
The Washington State Cougars head into this game 4-1 this season. In their last contest, the Cougars faced the California Golden Bears and notched a win by a score of 28-9. Cameron Ward went 27/40 with 343 yds through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 154.3 and finished the game with 2 interceptions. Nakai Watson was the rushing leader for the Cougars with 14 totes for 52 yards (3.7 yards per attempt). When all was said and done, they had 65 plays which gave them a total of 415 yards. The Washington State Cougars rushed the ball a total of 25 times and had 72 yards, which is an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Against the rush, the Cougars gave up 31 yards on 24 attempts, which is an average of 1.3 yards per rush surrendered. Washington State gave up 24 pass completions on 37 tries for 280 yds, and a completion rate of 64.9%.
The Cougars have racked up 1,898 total yards for the year. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Washington State has amassed 13 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 12 different times. Washington State has tallied 100 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 23 infractions for 192 yards. As a team they hold an average of 91.6 yards rushing which is 122nd in college football. In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the Washington State Cougars are averaging 29.6 points per outing.
The Cougars are ranked 25th in Division 1 concerning team defense, conceding 18.2 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.9 yards per rush and 96.4 rushing yards per contest on the year. During the season, they have allowed 482 yards via the ground game in 5 games. Concerning yards via the pass, the Cougars have given up 1,377 yards which has them sitting in 115th in Division 1. They have allowed 275.4 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 67.8%. In total, they have yielded 371.8 yards per game which has them ranked 69th in D-1. They have granted 7 touchdowns via the pass as well as 2 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Trojans come into this matchup with a record of 5-0 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Trojans walked away with a victory by a final of 42-25 against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Caleb Williams (3 touchdowns) finished the game with 348 yds on 27/37 through the air while his quarterback rating was 173.3. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.4. Travis Dye carried the ball 13 times for 62 yds, finishing the game with 4.8 yds per carry for USC. USC rushed for 4.6 yds per carry, totaling 137 yards on 30 carries. The Trojans finished with 485 yards while they ran 67 plays (7.2 yards per play). The Trojans secondary gave up a completion rate of 71.9%, relinquishing 243 yards on 23 for 32 passing. USC gave up 29 rushing attempts for 88 yards (3.0 yards per rush).
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Trojans are sitting 10th in the country holding an average of 42.2 points per game. Over the course of the season to this point, the Trojans have earned 1,483 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 296.6 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 22nd in the nation. The USC Trojans have an average of 480.4 yards per contest, which is good for 19th in Division 1. The USC offense has compiled 325 yards of penalties on 33 infractions, which is good for 54th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Trojans are relinquishing 19.6 points per contest, which puts them 31st in Division 1. USC has given up a total of 772 yards rushing (154.4 yards/game) and 10 touchdowns on the ground for the year. Overall, they have allowed 98 total points. They have allowed 3 touchdowns through the air in addition to 204.2 yards per game, which has them ranked 43rd in the country. The Trojans defense has been on the field for 325 plays, which is 54th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Trojans -11
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