USC vs Washington State Prediction, Game Preview

USC vs Washington State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 6 game on Saturday, October 8

USC vs Washington State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 6, Saturday, October 8

USC vs Washington State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 8
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
How To Watch: FOX
Record: USC (5-0), Washington State (4-1)
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USC vs Washington State Game Preview

Why Washington State Will Win

The Cougars have the makeup and potential to finally be able to crack the USC code.

The Trojans are struggling on defense, but they’re able to come up with the really big plays at the right time. However, Washington State has been able to push past its mistakes – just budget in two turnovers and go from there – to keep on winning.

The pass rush is right there with the best in the nation – you have to pressure Caleb Williams and not let the downfield plays develop – and the run defense is allowing fewer than 100 yards per game.

Can Wazzu handle itself in a tough situation? It managed to come through late against Wisconsin to pull out the win even though things weren’t going all that well, it rallied back to give Oregon problems at home in a shootout loss, and …

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Why USC Will Win

Yeah, the Cougar turnovers.

USC has a funky way of raising its game when it absolutely has to.

Oregon State should’ve won in the 17-14 loss. It held down the Trojan offense, it had everything here for the taking, and then Caleb Williams marched the attack to the game-winning drive to pull it out of the fire.

The four takeaways from the D helped.

Stanford was able to move the ball with almost perfect balance, and it all went bye-bye with USC taking the ball away five times.

Washington State has been able to get away with multiple turnovers in all five games, and it’ll be in big trouble against USC depending on the timing of the mistakes.

The more pressure on Ward, the better, and here comes the Pac-12’s leading pass rush to force him to hurry and force those turnovers.

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What’s Going To Happen

Again, USC has a way of figuring this out.

Just when you think it might be in big trouble, it makes a big play look so easy it seems like there was never anything to worry about.

This is a dangerous Washington State team that does a whole lot of things right, but the inability to keep Ward from getting hit will be the downfall on a few key second half drives.

It’s 2022 USC. There will be just enough brilliance sprinkled in with a whole lot of frustration.

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USC vs Washington State Prediction, Line

USC 38, Washington State 27
Line: USC -13, o/u: 66
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
USC vs Washington State Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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Nick Shepkowski’s Heisman Trophy rankings through Week 5

Who are the three that most deserve to be on the ballot?

Five weeks of college football are already in the books on the 2022 season as matchups continue to get better and shape what the postseason will look like.  Some teams seems like guarantees to make the College Football Playoff while some very intriguing division races are shaping up in several different conferences.

What about the most famous individual award in college sports, though?  Has it already been won and we just have to wait for the ceremony?

That’s not the case just yet although through five weeks one name has really begun to run away from the pack in our College Wire Heisman Poll.

Changes atop the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll

1-7 all won but there was still a change atop the rankings this week…

Despite each team in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll’s top seven from a week ago winning this weekend, it was another crazy weekend of college football that resulted in changes atop the poll that was released on Sunday.  There is a new number-one after a threat of an upset of the previous number-one last night, while ten ranked teams losing over the past few days meant for changes elsewhere.

Notre Dame landed outside the poll again and understandably so, receiving five total votes while sitting at 2-2 through the season’s first third.  BYU, who the Irish play this coming weekend in Las Vegas, is up four spots to number 20 following a win over Utah State.

Here is the entire USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 starting with the teams who fell out of the poll and those receiving votes.

Joel Klatt releases full college football top 10 following Week 5

Do you agree with the changes?

Late Saturday night with the nation’s top-ranked teams already spoken for in terms of Week 5, Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt gave an early preview of his new top 10 by releasing his top five teams.  In them he dropped Georgia from first all the way to fourth after their second unimpressive showing in a row, even if they did win an SEC road contest.

So what does the rest of Klatt’s top 10 look like?  And what teams does he have just missing out on his top 10?  Klatt took a little more time to release all 10 (and a couple near-misses) and you can check them out below.

College football top 25 scoreboard: 10 ranked teams fall

So how high will Kansas be after 10 ranked teams fell this week?

It won’t go down as the craziest of college football weekends we’ve ever seen but Week 5 came and went with plenty of happenings.  Although everyone ranked in the top-seven walked out of the weekend with victories, a pair of top-10 teams lost and 10 of the 25 ranked teams lost this weekend.

Meanwhile, number-one looked anything but stellar on the road against an unranked opponent while number-two lost their starting quarterback for an unknown amount of time.

What were all the scores from the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll top 25 during Week 5?

Take a look below to see how each team ranked 1-25 fared on Saturday (or Thursday, Friday):

USC vs Arizona State Prediction, Game Preview

USC vs Arizona State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

USC vs Arizona State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Saturday, October 1

USC vs Arizona State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: USC (4-0), Arizona State (1-3)
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USC vs Arizona State Game Preview

Why Arizona State Will Win

It’s not like everything was going to magically turn around once Herm Edwards was relieved of his duties, but interim head coach Shaun Aguano tried to get the passing game going in the 34-13 loss to Utah and he’s going to turn it all loose against the Trojans.

All things considered, the run defense held up fine against the Utes. The D gave up 465 yards in all, but it played better than it did in the camel-backbreaking straw of a loss to Eastern Michigan.

It’s the other side, though, that has to take over.

The Arizona State running game was stuffed by the Utes, but USC’s defensive front can be hammered on, and this is the game to give it a try.

QB Emory Jones hasn’t been able to get loose, but he can take off when needed to go along with RB Xazavian Valladay as a workhorse.

Run, keep running, and keep that monster of an offense off the field because …

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Why USC Will Win

Last week just won’t do.

After three weeks we all knew how the new look Trojans were going to roll. The defense was going to be questionable, but it would take the ball away in bunches to make up for it, and the offense was going to score when needed just because it could.

However, the O took its foot off the gas a tad too early on the road against Stanford and couldn’t get going in the wayyyyyyyy to close of a call against Oregon State.

But Caleb Williams and company came through to get out of Corvallis with a 17-14 win, and this week the fun should return against a non-existent Sun Devil run defense and without any semblance of a pass rush to bother the passing attack.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s not like the rental ASU coaching staff isn’t going to try bringing the heat.

It won’t work.

The problem will be the inability to force the Trojans into screwing up. They have yet to turn the ball over, lead the nation with a whopping +14 turnover margin, and in this the takeaways will make an already dominant game even more impressive.

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USC vs Arizona State Prediction, Line

USC 44, Arizona State 17
Line: USC -26, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
USC vs Arizona State Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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Notre Dame football all-time vs. the Pac-12

Tough to do better against a conference all-time than Notre Dame has fared against the Pac-12…

In the fourth part of a look at Notre Dame’s all-time results against different conferences we look at the Pac-12, a conference that the Irish have had the most success against compared to the rest of the Power Five conferences.

Notre Dame h

as played against all 12 member schools and holds winning records against 11 of them.

Who is the only Pac-12 team to have the edge in head-to-head against Notre Dame?

And how have the Irish fared all-time against their biggest rival, USC?

All of that and more answered below:

ESPN FPI has USC ending the regular season 11-1

FPI is high on #USC, for what it’s worth.

Provided by ESPN, the Football Power Index (FPI) is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season.” FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is.

USC did just enough to squeak out a Pac-12 road victory Saturday in Corvallis, 17-14.

Heisman hopeful Caleb Williams was just 16-of-36 passing for 180 yards and one touchdown, but he delivered in crunch time, throwing a 21-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Addison with 1:13 left. The defense then registered a fourth interception of Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan to seal the victory. It was a character-building win for the USC Trojans on the road.

Here’s where the FPI has USC ending the regular season in wins. You can also get the FPI projections for the rest of the Pac-12 with September almost entirely in the books, save for the Sept. 30 game between the Washington Huskies and the UCLA Bruins:

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Kirk Herbstreit releases college football top 6 team rankings following Week 4

Do you have the same top four?

Week 4 of college football has come and gone and with it goes FBS contests for the month of September.  What do we know a month into the 2022 season?  And what do we still have to find out?  It would appear plenty in both categories.

Week 4 saw No. 6 Oklahoma get knocked off at home as Adrian Martinez and Kansas State proved unstoppable for Brent Venables and company.  Elsewhere USC escaped Oregon State with a hard fought victory despite their offense having nowhere near their A-game.

AlabamaGeorgia, and Ohio State, cruised to victories while Michigan perhaps had more of a test than most would have thought against Maryland.

How did the weekend make Kirk Herbstreit feel about the College Football Playoff outlook?

Here is who Herbstreit ranked as his top-six college football teams on Sunday.


2022-23 college football coaching tracker

Who else will join the list?

It’s safe to say we may never again see a college football off-season quite like we did following the 2021 season.  Heck, before the conference championship games were even played Lincoln Riley bolted Oklahoma for USC.  I started up a coaching tracker at Fighting Irish Wire shortly after, thinking there was no way Notre Dame would be added to the list but as sure as sure gets, Brian Kelly wound up ditching Notre Dame for LSU seemingly hours later.

Traditional powerhouses such as Florida, Miami, Oregon, and Washington would join the coaching party before in-full, 29 college football FBS programs made changes.

What will 2022 bring?  A couple of coaches who entered the year on very hot seats have already been relieved of their duties and a few more seem like they’re just a matter of time.

Keep up to date all season and off-season long with the 2022-23 college football coaching tracker: