USC scores against UCLA 2012. (Photo Courtesy: Neon Tommy/CC License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)
Not too often could one game change the face of a program, but that’s what’s at stake for No. 16 Washington State Cougars as they host the No. 5 USC Trojans on Friday night. This will be a matchup of two quarterbacks destined for the pro’s with Luke Falk leading the Cougars and Sam Darnold with the Trojans. Our picks of the Friday night matchup in Pullman, Washington.
: No. 5 USC 31 – No. 16 Washington State 17 — USC’s offense is too much for Washington State, even on the road in Pullman.
UPSET PICK: No. 12 Virginia Tech 37 – No. 3 Clemson 34 – The Hokies show they are a legit contender for the National Title and take down the National Champion Tigers at home.
: No. 16 Washington State 34 – No. 5 USC 31 – Crazy things happen at #pac12AfterDark and this week will be no different. For how amazing Heisman-trophy candidate Sam Darnold is, he’s third in the NCAA with 7 INTs. At some point, not protecting the ball will come back to bite Darnold and I see it happening this week against a Cougars defense that’s forced 10 turnovers on the season.
UPSET PICK: Tennessee 23 – No. 7 Georgia 21 – Vols head coach Butch Jones has the hottest season in college football. He gets a big win in front of the Tennessee faithful.
: No. 5 USC 38 – No. 16 Washington State 35: This is WSU’s fifth straight game at home, while USC gets a second consecutive road game on a short week. Still, the Trojans have the best quarterback in the land with Sam Darnold. He leads them in a shootout.
UPSET PICK: Texas Tech 30 – No. 15 Oklahoma State 27: OSU is a bit turnover-prone (eight in four games), and Texas Tech is causing lots of turnovers (nine in three games). The Red Raiders stay unbeaten with a big win.
Can Sam Darnold keep USC unbeaten against a hungry Washington State defense? (Photo Courtesy:Steve Mitchell Gallery/CC License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)
Last week’s picks:
Jason: Oklahoma State 48 – TCU 31
Justin: Oklahoma State 45 – TCU 34
Jon: Oklahoma State 37 – TCU 35
Actual Result: TCU 44 – Oklahoma State 31
Season Record: (Upsets Record in Parentheses)
Jason: 2-2 (1-1)
Justin: 1-3 (1-1)
Jon: 1-2 (1-1)