Colorado (2-0) at USC (3-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and really any realm has never been a place for the Colorado Buffaloes to roam when matching up with the Trojans. USC owns a 14-0 lead in the series and the Trojans are 9-0 since 2011 when the Buffs joined the Pac-12.
Colorado fought USC for 40 minutes last season before the Trojans took a 35-31 win in Boulder as Kedon Slovis threw for 406 yards and hit Michael Pittman with touchdowns of 44 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter as the Trojans fought back from three different 10 point defects.
Vs. The Spread
The Buffaloes check in at 2-0 ATS while the Trojans are 1-2. The Buffaloes are 4-1 in their last five games vs. the Pac-12. USC has been good with the OVER as the Trojans have gone OVER in six of their last nine games. Flip that dynamic to the series and four of the last five games has gone UNDER.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Colorado||-13.5 (-105)||—||O 63.5 (-110)|
|USC||+13.5 (-115)||—||U 63.5 (-110)|
Colorado’s game with Arizona State was postponed, but two weeks ago the Buffaloes used a stellar ground game in rushing for 255 yards on 45 carries as they held off Stanford, 35-32. The Buffaloes Jarek Broussard posted 121 yards on 27 carries as quarterback Sam Noyer ran for two touchdowns.
The Trojans took the vaunted “Pac-12 After Dark” literally and turned out the lights on Utah, 33-17. Kedon Slovis was once again efficient as he hit Tyler Vaughns and Er Krommenhoek with a touchdown pass each. Parker Lewis added three second half field goals for USC.
When Colorado Has the Ball
Through two games, Colorado’s Broussard is the go-to back in the arsenal while Noyer jumps up as a complement to the running game at quarterback. Dmitri Stanley is a solid wide out in catching 12 ball for 192 yards and a score. The Buffaloes start fast as they have scored 49 of their 84 points in the first two quarters.
The Trojans’ defensive front could face a major challenge from Broussard and company as USC has allowed 178 rushing yards per game in the first three. Safety Talanoa Hufanga has played well from safety for the Trojans as he currently leads the team in tackles and has two of their four interceptions.
When USC Has the Ball
Slovis has a four-pronged wide receiver attack that will give the Buffaloes’ defensive secondary a solid work out. Drake McCoy is at about 16 yards per catch as Amon-Ra St. Brown leads USC with 19 catches or 226 yards. Vavae Malepaei is a threat coming out of the backfield as he has caught 13 passes while complementing Markese Stepp in the running game.
Christian Gonzalez is the Buffaloes’ second leading tackler and will work with Mekhi Blackmon on the corners to try to neutralize the Trojans’ receiving fleet. It is almost a given that the Buffs will have to commit a linebacker in coverage in order to account for Malepaei in the passing game. CU gives up 5.8 yards per play on first down and 315 passing yards per game in the first two.
Winner: USC (-13.5) 41, Colorado 27
Over-Under: Take OVER 63.5