Week 6 of the 2015 college football betting action continues underway on Thursday night with the 17th-ranked USC Trojans looking to keep their playoff hopes alive by humbling the Washington Huskies in their intriguing Pac-12 pairing.
The big question surrounding this contest is not whether the Trojans will win this conference matchup, but whether or not they’ll cover the college football betting line as nearly three –touchdown home favorites.
With this game getting underway on Thursday, October 8 at 9:00 PM ET, live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The college football odds have the Trojans listed as huge, 17-pont home favorites. If you are betting the money line then the Huskies are +600 and the Trojans are -900. If you are betting the game total then the Over/Under is 56. Let’s find out if the you should bet on the Washington Huskies or the USC Trojans?
A Closer Look At The Washington Huskies Vs No. 17 USC Trojans College Football Week 6 Odds & TV Info
What: Washington Huskies A (2-2) at No.17 USC Trojans (3-1)
When: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Kickoff: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Weather: 85° F | Passing Clouds
Spread: USC -17
Moneyline: Washington +600 vs aUSC -900
Game Total: 56
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Washington vs USC
Bet The Washington Huskies at +17 Because…
The Huskies’ will face former coach Steve Sarkisian when they travel to No. 17 USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12).
Sure, the Huskies (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS) aren’t nearly as talented as USC when it comes to their overall roster, but the fact of the matter is that Washington head coach Chris Petersen is the much better coach in this contest, even if he doesn’t quite have the horses that the Trojans and their No.1 recruiting class does.
In Petersen’s first season with the Huskies last year, Washington only lost one game by more than this game’s 17-point spread. The Huskies have covered the spread in their only road game this season and come into this matchup, both well-rested after a bye week – and hungry to get back in the win column after falling to California 30-24 on September 26.
I’ve also been pretty impressed with quarterback Jake Browning, even though the freshman signal-caller tossed two picks in his last outing. Browning has completed a stellar 64.4 percent of his passes this season for 966 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Last but not least, betting on Washington in this Pac-12 showdown is a good idea because the Huskies are one of the best defensive teams in the nation. Washington ranks 28th in total defense and a stellar 17th in points allowed (15.8 ppg).
Bet The USC Trojans at -17 Because…
With one loss already in the Pac-12, the No. 17 Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) can’t afford another conference defeat
The Trojans (3-1 SU, 301 ATS) have an elite quarterback and one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. Strong-armed senior signal-caller Cody Kessler has been fantastic this season in completing an insane 78.7 percent of his passes for 922 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
USC ranks ninth in total offense, 11th in passing and fifth in scoring (46.8 ppg) and has one of the nation’s best wide receivers in speedy sophomore JuJu Smith (22 catches, 43 yards, 19.7 ypc, 4 TD’s).
Not only that, but USC has been very good defensively in ranking 22nd in points allowed (17.5 ppg) and really looked good in obliterating Arizona State 42-14 in their Week 4 Pac-12 matchup against an Arizona State team that looked pretty good on paper before their blowout loss against the Trojans.
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While I don’t think there’s much doubt that USC will win this home contest to keep their playoff hopes alive, I think the bottom line for this Week 6 Pac-12 pairing is that the point spread is just a few points too high for the Trojans to cover.
Washington is 2-2 ATS over its last four road games against USC and 2-2 ATS over their last four games as a double-digit underdog. Washington cashed in as a 12.5-point underdog in their 2015 regular season opener at Boise State and I can see them giving the Trojans a tough way to go in this matchup before coming up short in their bid for the outright road win.
The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an SU loss and a near-perfect 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a bye week. On the flip side, USC is just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following an SU win and just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
While the Home team in this series is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings against USC. I like Washington to cover the spread by the slimmest of margins. I am picking the Trojans to win this game but they will NOT cover the 15-point spread versus the Huskies. My final score prediction is USC 35 Washington 21.