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WASHINGTON STATE vs USC Prediction & Preview



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The University of Southern California Trojans head up the left coast and invade Clarence D. Martin Stadium in Pullman as they take on the Washington State Cougars on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans (1-1) lost in dramatic fashion as big favorites 42-28 at the hands of Stanford last week, promptly firing their head coach after the loss. The Cougars (1-1) easily handled Portland State 44-24. The Trojans open this PAC-12 showdown as 8.5 point favorites. 

USC Suffers Bad Loss Against Stanford

The 101st meeting between the Pac-12's two California private schools resumed a rivalry that was interrupted last season for the first time since 1945 by the coronavirus pandemic. Kedon Slovis passed for 223 yards, while Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow rushed for touchdowns as the Trojans' nine-game regular-season winning streak ended with a 42-28 loss. USC began the game in awful fashion when kicker Parker Lewis was ejected for targeting on his tackle on the opening kickoff. USC committed nine penalties for 109 yards, and Stanford's defense limited star Trojans receiver Drake London to four catches for 68 yards.


The Cardinal got 174 of their 248 yards in the first half on only three plays, and USC got light boos from its home crowd heading to the locker room, followed by heavy boos for Helton during his scoreboard interview before the second-half kickoff. On Monday, news came down from athletic director Mike Bohn that USC fired coach Clay Helton after seven seasons. It appears assistant Donte Williams will man the sidelines until Bohn announces Helton’s permanent replacement, which may not come until the end of the year. It’s been a rocky start for the PAC-12 title aspiring Trojans.


Cougars Dispose of Portland State

Quarterback Jayden De Laura threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and Deon McIntosh rushed for 64 yards and a score as Washington State (1-1) rebounded from a last-minute loss to Utah State at home last weekend with a 44-24 win. Travell Harris had 188 all-purpose yards and caught two touchdown passes as well. Washington State blew the game open in the second quarter when it switched to a hurry-up offense and scored on four straight possessions to take a 30-10 lead at halftime, essentially putting the game out of reach.



Max Borghi has now scored 31 total touchdowns in his WSU career, the fourth-most in school history. His 22 rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth-most. Washington State's offense looked a lot more efficient after a lackluster performance in the loss to Utah State last weekend. De Laura, who started this game after Jarrett Guarantano was injured last week, looked sharp. He expects to get the nod against the Trojans at home on Saturday.

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