USC at Washington State odds, picks and prediction

Ryan Bloomfield
Sportsbook Wire

The USC Trojans (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) and Washington State Cougars (1-1, 0-0) square off Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the USC at Washington State odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

It's been a tumultuous week for USC as head coach Clay Helton was fired three days after its 42-28 loss to Stanford as an 18-point favorite last Saturday. The Trojans barely outgained San Jose State 416-376 in their opener as well, so they haven't looked good in either of their first two games.

Washington State hasn't either. It lost to 26-23 to Utah State in Week 1, and while Week 2 was a comfortable 44-24 win over Portland State, the Cougars were 31-point favorites in that contest. The defense allowed 420 yards to Portland State last week. It will face a much stiffer test against USC's offense this time around.

USC at Washington State odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 3:39 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: USC -320 (bet $320 to win $100) | Washington State +250 (bet $100 to win $250)
  • Against the spread (ATS): USC -8.5 (-112) | Washington State +8.5 (-108)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 61.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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USC at Washington State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

USC 31, Washington State 27

Money line

We'd be more comfortable taking the points, but a small-unit, value-based play on WASHINGTON STATE (+250) is worth a shot given all that USC has had to deal with this week.

Against the spread

Washington State hasn't covered in any of its last five games, but USC is getting a lot of points for a team that hasn't shown much fight in either of its first two games of this season.

How focused will the Trojans be coming off a blowout loss to a top rival (as a heavy favorite) with a new head coach on the road?

Look for WASHINGTON STATE +8.5 (-108) to be the more focused team and put up enough points to cover.

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Over/Under

Both teams are 1-1 on the Over/Under this year, though USC hit the Under in five of its six games last season.

The UNDER 61.5 (-105) is our call in what looks like a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in Pullman.

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