This Saturday, Washington State will travel to Los Angeles to take on Southern California (USC). Mike Leach led the Cougars to a 1-8 record in the Pac-12 his first season, the lone win being an upset over in-state rival Washington Huskies. Starting off better in-conference will be a tougher task this year as they travel to SoCal to take on Lane Kiffin and perennial powerhouse program USC.
Date: September 7
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
TV Info: FOX Sports 1
Spread: USC -15.5
Pro Computer Gambler has some unearthed an interesting trend that makes this a surprise pick: “Since 2008, Washington State is just 10-48-0 (-18.38 ppg, 17.2%) SU (straight up) on the weekend.”
Washington State was hoping Leach would bring some of that magic he used to turn around Texas Tech to the northwest, he hasn’t done that yet however. In head coach Mike Leach’s brief tenure at Washington State, the Cougars are just 1-9 SU (-15.3 ppg, 10%, +18.95 units) playing on Saturday.
Prediction: This seems to be a simple choice, take USC to cover the spread at home.