AT&T Park will be the site of a Pac-12 duel on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football, as NCAA football betting fans will sink their teeth into the clash between the USC Trojans and the Cal Golden Bears
There really hasn’t been much talk around the Men of Troy this year, knowing that they are on a second straight year of postseason probation, but perhaps there should be some more discussion about then. Head Coach Lane Kiffin has this team playing fantastic ball on offense. The team scored 48 points in last week’s win over the Arizona Wildcats, and it is averaging a whopping 317.8 yards per game through the air. QB Matt Barkley has done nothing wrong for the most part, and he has become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate as a result. He has thrown for 1,587 yards and is completing a stunning 70.7 percent of his passes, and he has 14 TD passes against four picks. This is also going to be a showcase game for WR Robert Woods, who is trying to prove that he has the goods to be the best receiver in the nation. Woods already has 55 receptions, 747 yards, and six TDs in just five games. It’s a shame that he won’t have a bowl game and the Pac-12 Championship Game to bolster his stats, or he could have been in store for over 2,000 yards this year.
Meanwhile, Cal has been awfully questionable at 3-2. No one expected to see it even remotely compete with the Oregon Ducks last week on Thursday Night Football, and that turned out to be true. The Ducks stomped the Golden Bears 43-15 at Autzen Stadium, and there was just no answering the offense for the U of O. The team’s three wins this year were all against suspect opponents, as no one is expecting to see much out of the Fresno State Bulldogs or Colorado Bears (and forget about one of the worst teams in the FCS, the Presbyterian Blue Hose). It’s clear that just qualifying for a bowl game would be a triumph. There are a few near certain losses still on the slate, and without wins over three of the four of the Utah Utes, UCLA Bruins, Washington State Cougars, and Oregon State Beavers, the likelihood is there that Head Coach Jeff Tedford and the gang won’t be bowling again this year.
USC Trojans @ California Golden Bears Pick: We’d feel a lot better for the Golden Bears if this game were in Berkeley. That being said, it’s going to probably feel a little bit more like a neutral site game than anything else, and that’s bad news for the “hosts.” Expect to see Kiffin and company put a big number on the board on national television, a number which the Golden Bears won’t be able to keep up with.
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