California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans
The Cal Golden Bears and the USC Trojans face off on Saturday in Berkley for a Pac-12 college football battle. The Trojans are -17 point favorites over the Golden Bears.
The Cal Golden Bears are having an awful season and have lost their last seven games in a row. Cal is 1-8 overall and their offense is averaging 23.4 points and 462.9 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 25 times. QB Jared Goff has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,881 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Daniel Lasco has rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns and Brendan Bigelow has rushed for 280 yards and he has 26 receptions out of the backfield. Chris Harper leads Cal with 62 receptions and five touchdowns, Bryce Treggs has 61 catches and a touchdown, and Richard Rodgers has 33 catches. Defensively Cal has struggled allowing 42.8 points and 529.8 yards per game with four interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, and 16 sacks. Khairi Fortt has 64 tackles, Hardy Nickerson has 60 tackles, and Cameron Walker has 53 tackles. Cal can only hope this is a rebuilding year the will pay dividends down the road.
The USC Trojans have won five of their last seven games and just when it looked like it was going to be a lost season the Trojans look like they are playing solid football. USC is coming off of big wins against Utah and Oregon State and the offense is averaging 25.3 points and 391.9 yards and they have turned the ball over 11 times. Southern Cal QB Cody Kessler has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,807 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tre Madden has rushed for 671 yards and three touchdowns and Silas Redd is back in action and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Marqise Lee has 37 catches and two touchdowns and Nelson Agholor as 32 catches and three touchdowns. The USC defense allows 18.7 points and 323.6 yards per game with 13 interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 29 sacks. Hayed Pullard has 56 tackles, Leonard Williams has 56 tackles, and Devon Kennard has 7.0 sacks. USC is just 2-2 on the road thus far this season.
Cal is 5-17 against the spread in their last 22 games, 2-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-8 against the spread in their last nine home games. USC is 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 games, 1-5 against the spread following a cover, and 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 road games. The Road team has covered the point spread in 12 of the last 17 meetings of these two.
USC has played well of late but their win on national TV on a Friday Night at Oregon State has skewed the line here making taking Cal and the points the play.
Cal Golden Bears +17 USC Trojans