Entering week one, the USC Trojans had a lot of question marks and concerns. Following week one, they are still searching for answers and one of those comes as no surprise: who will be the team’s starting quarterback? Both played average against Hawaii in week one while the defense played stellar.
On the other side of the field, the Washington State Cougars lost to the Auburn Tigers in week one by a 31-24 score. Although they were on the road and played an improved Tigers squad, they still have a lot to work on after the loss, including improving the run game and the defense if they want a chance at taking down the Trojans.
The Trojans offense was pretty pedestrian in week one with both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler combining for 172 yards and a touchdown while the run game, led by Tre Madden, racked up nearly 200 yards. Lane Kiffin has some big decisions to make in this contest because a two-quarterback system nearly never works.
Washington State’s quarterback, Connor Halliday, had mixed results in game one. He passed the ball 65 times, completing just 34, and threw for 344 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The run game will need some work as no running back ran for over 55 yards against Auburn.
USC’s defense was solid in week one, allowing just 231 yards and just 23 of those yards on the ground. They also picked off four passes and made Hawaii’s quarterback look silly. Washington State allowed nearly 300 yards on the ground, so look for USC to take advantage of the poor rushing defense. They did, however, only allow 99 yards through the air — bad news for USC quarterbacks.
Washington State will travel to USC to take on the Trojans in week two at 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Washington State 10, USC 35
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