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.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Southern California 4-0 1-3 37.00 24.75 12.25 1-2 0-1 2-2 2-1 0-1
Washington State 4-0 2-2 43.75 18.50 25.25 2-2 0-0 2-2 2-2 0-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 13.3 14.96 -1.66
WSHST 11.53 14.18 -2.65
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 12.50 12.39 0.11
WSHST 10.24 9.18 1.06
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 4.73 4.32 0.41
WSHST 2.81 3.61 -0.8
Team Records

USC Trojans

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 4-0 3-0 1-0 1-3 1-2 0-1 37.00 24.75 12.25
vs Conf 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 36.00 22.00 14.00
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 33.00 22.67 10.33

Washington State Cougars

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 4-0 4-0 0-0 2-2 2-2 0-0 43.75 18.50 25.25
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 52.00 23.00 29.00
Last 3 3-0 3-0 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0 48.00 24.67 23.33
Supergrid
Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 37.00 37 18.50 31
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 223.00 64 142.25 26
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 133.00 74 120.00 50
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 43.75 12 24.75 66
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 432.50 5 303.00 88
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 71.75 124 113.00 40

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Southern California 9-1 7-3 5-5 41.20 213.10 5.42 30.10 67.77 274.50 487.60 1.70
Washington State 1-9 3-7 5-5 12.60 63.70 2.12 39.70 57.68 209.80 273.50 2.70

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 1, 2014 USC WSHST 44-17 127 400 527 1 34 386 420 3
Sep 7, 2013 WSHST USC 10-7 7 215 222 3 139 54 193 2
Sep 25, 2010 USC WSHST 50-16 285 328 613 3 67 256 323 3
Sep 26, 2009 WSHST USC 6-27 85 144 229 3 156 247 403 2
Oct 18, 2008 USC WSHST 69-0 362 263 625 0 88 28 116 3
Sep 22, 2007 WSHST USC 14-47 64 183 247 1 207 302 509 2
Sep 30, 2006 USC WSHST 28-22 135 269 404 2 131 287 418 1
Oct 29, 2005 WSHST USC 13-55 195 89 284 2 312 433 745 2
Oct 30, 2004 USC WSHST 42-12 186 235 421 3 -9 165 156 4
Nov 1, 2003 WSHST USC 16-43 -25 345 320 4 222 214 436 0

NCAA Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

USC Trojans

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 23, 2017 CAL 30-20 W -17/63 L/U 133 223 356 113 303 416 -4 A
Sep 16, 2017 TEXAS 27-24 W -16.5/65.5 L/U 71 397 468 68 298 366 -2 H
Sep 9, 2017 STANFO 42-24 W -4/55 W/O 307 316 623 170 172 342 2 H
Sep 2, 2017 W.MICH 49-31 W -28/59.5 L/O 232 289 521 263 94 357 1 H
Jan 2, 2017 PENNST 52-49 W -7.5/60 L/O 122 453 575 211 254 465 -2 A

Washington State Cougars

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 23, 2017 NEVADA 45-7 W -28.5/66 W/U 55 505 560 46 105 151 -1 H
Sep 16, 2017 OREGST 52-23 W -18/65.5 W/O 60 431 491 155 199 354 -2 H
Sep 9, 2017 BOISE 47-44 W -7.5/57.5 L/O 22 433 455 164 237 401 -1 H
Sep 2, 2017 MONTST 31-0 W -41/62 L/U 150 361 511 115 28 143 0 H
Dec 27, 2016 MINN 12-17 L -9/61 L/U 39 264 303 150 129 279 0 H

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

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