USC Trojans (8-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (5-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 11, 2017, @ 4:00 pm (Folsom Field)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +13.5
FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL USC VS. COLORADO PICK
The 17th ranked USC Trojans will travel to Folsom Field to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
USC won two in a row after defeating the 22nd ranked Arizona Wildcats 49-35, this past Saturday. They allowed Arizona to fight back and tie the game at 35-all early in the 4th quarter, however, scoring 14 unanswered points behind two Ronald Jones II TD’s to pull away late and secure the victory. USC outgained Arizona by a 642-380 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Trojans was RB Ronald Jones II who had 194 rushing yards and 3 TD’s on 27 carries. On the season, USC is averaging 35.2 ppg on 492.4 total yards per game (291.2 passing yds/g; 201.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, USC has been led by QB Sam Darnold who has completed 63.6% of his passes for 22 TD and 11 INT while averaging 286.9 passing yds/g. The main receivers for Darnold and the Trojans have been Deontay Burnett (6.3 rec/g, 83.2 yds/g, 8 TD), Tyler Vaughns (4.1 rec/g, 53.7 yds/g, 4 TD), and Steven Mitchell Jr. (4.4 rec/g, 61.6 yds/g, 4 TD). The USC backfield has been led by Ronald Jones II (17.7 att/g, 120.2 yds/g, 13 TD) and Stephen Carr (9.2 att/g, 53.2 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 26.7 ppg on 393.2 total yards per game (221.5 passing yds/g; 171.7 rushing yds/g). USC has committed 20 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of -1.
Colorado dropped to 5-5 (2-5 PAC-12) on the season after falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils 41-30, this past Saturday. Colorado held a 27-17 lead after 3 quarters, however, had no answers for the Sun Devils offense in the 4th quarter and allowed Arizona State to fight back for the come from behind victory. The Buffaloes were outgained the Sun Devils by a 583-454 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Colorado was QB Steven Montez who completed 23 of 41 passes for 345 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Buffaloes are averaging 28.0 ppg on 420.6 total yards per game (255.4 passing yds/g; 165.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado is led by RB Philip Lindsay who has 12 TD’s on the season while averaging 133.4 rushing yds/g on 26.30 att/g. QB Steven Montez has completed 62.3% of his passes on the season for 16 TD and 7 INT while averaging 240.4 passing yds/g. The Buffaloes receivers are led by Bryce Bobo (4.8 rec/g, 52.7 yds/g, 5 TD), Shay Fields (4.5 rec/g, 61.9 yds/g, 4 TD), and Devin Ross (3.8 rec/g, 46.8 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 26.6 ppg on 439.4 total yards per game (240.1 passing yds/g; 199.3 rushing yds/g). The Buffaloes have forced 14 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.
FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL USC VS. COLORADO PREDICTION
This season has turned out to be everything USC hoped it would be, but their recent winning streak against strong opponents has given them the boost they needed. I do believe that the Trojans are the better team, but Colorado has home field advantage where Steven Montez has shined. I think backed against the wall in front of the home crowd Buffalo pulls out the win and covers the spread. Take the Buffaloes.
[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Alec’s Pick: Colorado[/button]