(1-2, 1-2 ATS)
(4-0, 2-2 ATS)
Last season, the Washington Huskies pulled off their biggest win under HC Steve Sarkisian, a ‘W’ over the USC Trojans. This year, with nothing else but revenge to play for, the Men of Troy will look to get some payback in college football wagering warfare.
The Huskies have been a very disappointing team this year. Many thought that this squad could contend for the Pac-10 title, and perhaps that will still be the case. However, a loss at the BYU Cougars at the outset of the year suddenly looks awfully bad, and the last taste that we had of this team was an embarrassing 56-21 defeat against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Needless to say, this game could very likely drop U-Dub to a woeful 1-3 on the year, which could really set it back and keep it out of a bowl game. This is the time that QB Jake Locker badly needs to prove to himself and to NFL scouts that he is able to bounce back from a bad game. There’s nothing to be said about going 4-for-20 on a day against anyone. It was an atrocity to say the least. However, Locker still has six TD throws and two on the ground this year and is capable of winning this game by himself. He’ll need to stay patient and take what the USC defense gives him, just like he did last year in the ugly 16-13 win in which he went 21-of-35 for 237 yards but did not turn the ball over once.
The Trojans aren’t exactly storming through their schedule at this point, but they know that this is the first of a stretch of games that are very, very winnable in conference. They’ll want to do better than the 17-14 win against the Virginia Cavaliers from the first and only home game of the season to date, especially off of a 50-16 thrashing of the Washington State Huskies last weekend. The defense for the Men of Troy is still suspect, which clearly shows a sign of lack of discipline for a team that is this talented. However, the offense has still been clicking on all cylinders. USC is averaging 468.5 yards and 37.0 points per game this year, numbers that are on par with what the So Cal faithful really expect to see in a regular year. QB Matt Barkley is getting better every single week. He has 12 scores on the year and has thrown for 941 yards. In a different year, perhaps Barkley would be a Heisman Trophy candidate. However, unfortunately for him, he is at USC during a period of time in which the Trojans are on probation and he won’t get the same looks as a QB that might lead his team to a National Championship.
Don’t expect this one to be close. If Washington is getting beaten this badly at home, how bad can things get against a USC team that has probably has this game circled in red ink on the calendar from the day that the schedule came out? Our NCAA football free picks in this game are easy: Roll with the Trojans and slap the ‘V’ for Victory symbol up on this betting ticket.
Selection: USC Trojans -10