In a season in which their head coach has been fired and interim coach Ed Orgeron has taken over, the USC Trojans look like a serious contender once again. No longer a pretender like they were at the beginning of the season, the Trojans are 5-1 since the Lane Kiffin firing.
On the other side of the field, the Colorado Buffaloes are two wins away from bowl eligibility, but their remaining schedule is not quite as favorable as they would have hoped. The Buffaloes are 4-6 and a much-improved team from a season ago.
After starting the year with a quarterback controversy, the Trojans have settled on Cody Kessler to be the starter for the team and he has done quite the job. The sophomore quarterback has passed for 2,265 yards and 13 touchdowns with just three interceptions. His favorite targets have been Nelson Agholor and Marquise Lee who each have 44 catches. Agholor has 751 yards and three scores while the talented Lee has 604 yards and two scores. Tre Madden leads the rushing attack with 682 yards and three touchdowns.
Colorado is led by a freshman quarterback and he has done a pretty solid job. It seems like the Buffaloes are looking toward the future by giving Sefo Liufau a chance as the starter. Liufau has 1,350 yards and eight touchdowns on the season to go along with six interceptions. Paul Richardson has been the top wide on the team and one of the best in the conference, catching 71 passes for 1,201 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Trojans have one of the best units in the conference. The Trojans rank 16th in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking 14th in yards allowed per game. Colorado ranks 117th in points allowed per game while ranking 122nd in yards allowed per game.
The USC Trojans will travel to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes at 9:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: USC 37, Colorado 17