16th-Ranked Washington State Hosts 5th-Ranked USC

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Washington State in Early Season Pac-12 Showdown

The 5th-ranked USC Trojans and the 16th-ranked Washington State Cougars will meet in a key, early season Pac-12 matchup on Friday at Martin Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is set for 10:30 pm EST.

This is a rare spotlight game in Pullman, Wash. Martin Stadium was sold out last week and should be rocking. The  33,000 screaming Cougar fans are hoping to make a difference against the perennial power USC Trojans.

Oddsmakers have the Trojans as 5-point favorites. The total is at 60 after opening at 65.

Washington State off to Best Start Since 2001

Washington State was a 45-7 winner in its last match at home against the Nevada Wolf Pack. They covered the -28.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 52 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Cougars are 4-0 for the first time since 2001.  Washington State is outscoring opponents 87-19 in the first half this season.

Washington State senior quarterback Luke Falk completed 36 of 47 pass attempts for 478 yards and five touchdowns against Nevada. The fourth touchdown pass of the day marked the 100th of his career. That TD moved him past former USC quarterback Matt Leinart. It puts him third on the Pac-12’s career list.

Falk has guided Washington State to No. 12 in the nation in scoring. The Cougars’ are averaging almost 44 points per game in Leach’s “Air Raid” attack. Falk has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 344.1 yards a game with 14 touchdowns and only one interception

Washington State defense ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 in passing defense. They are only allowing only 142.2 yards per game.

USC Defense is Forcing Turnovers

USC was a 30-20 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cal Golden Bears. They failed to cover the -17-point spread as favorites, while the total score (50) made winners of UNDER bettors.

USC has won 13 consecutive games, the nation’s second-longest streak. To continue that streak they can’t start out slow like they have been so far this season. The Trojans have either trailed or been tied in the fourth quarter in three of their four games. The Trojans have outscored opponents 72-38 after three quarters.

The USC defense forced six turnovers against Cal. The Trojans have 11 takeaways. That is the third-most in the nation. Cornerback Jack Jones earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after picking off two passes against the Golden Bears.

Quarterback Sam Darnold, who some consider a potential No. 1 NFL draft pick in 2018, has come up clutch late in games.  He’s also been intercepted seven times this year. This is just two fewer than he made in 10 starts last season.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Southern California4-01-337.0024.7512.251-20-12-22-10-1
Washington State4-02-243.7518.5025.252-20-02-22-20-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

USC Trojans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf2-01-01-01-11-00-136.0022.0014.00
Last 33-02-01-01-21-10-133.0022.6710.33

Washington State Cougars

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-052.0023.0029.00
Last 33-03-00-02-12-10-048.0024.6723.33
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense37.003718.5031
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense223.0064142.2526
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense133.0074120.0050
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense43.751224.7566
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense432.505303.0088
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense71.75124113.0040

Head To Head Summary

Southern California9-17-35-541.20213.105.4230.1067.77274.50487.601.70
Washington State1-93-75-512.6063.702.1239.7057.68209.80273.502.70

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 1, 2014USCWSHST44-171274005271343864203
Sep 7, 2013WSHSTUSC10-772152223139541932
Sep 25, 2010USCWSHST50-162853286133672563233
Sep 26, 2009WSHSTUSC6-278514422931562474032
Oct 18, 2008USCWSHST69-0362263625088281163
Sep 22, 2007WSHSTUSC14-476418324712073025092
Sep 30, 2006USCWSHST28-2213526940421312874181
Oct 29, 2005WSHSTUSC13-551958928423124337452
Oct 30, 2004USCWSHST42-121862354213-91651564
Nov 1, 2003WSHSTUSC16-43-2534532042222144360

NCAA Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

USC Trojans

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 23, 2017CAL30-20W-17/63L/U133223356113303416-4A
Sep 16, 2017TEXAS27-24W-16.5/65.5L/U7139746868298366-2H
Sep 9, 2017STANFO42-24W-4/55W/O3073166231701723422H
Sep 2, 2017W.MICH49-31W-28/59.5L/O232289521263943571H
Jan 2, 2017PENNST52-49W-7.5/60L/O122453575211254465-2A

Washington State Cougars

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 23, 2017NEVADA45-7W-28.5/66W/U5550556046105151-1H
Sep 16, 2017OREGST52-23W-18/65.5W/O60431491155199354-2H
Sep 9, 2017BOISE47-44W-7.5/57.5L/O22433455164237401-1H
Sep 2, 2017MONTST31-0W-41/62L/U150361511115281430H
Dec 27, 2016MINN12-17L-9/61L/U392643031501292790H

Weather in
PullmanUnited States

Weather is Sunny  73°F

Humidity is 22%
Wind is West 9 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Pullman

Next up:
USC home to Oregon State Saturday, October 7
Washington State at Oregon Saturday, October 7

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