The USC Trojans are back on the road trying to get back in the win column after another heartbreaking loss, at Utah last Saturday. The Trojans may have to deal with the elements since there is a good chance for rain in Pullman, Washington this weekend.
USC faces a tough challenge dealing with the prolific Mike Leach passing attack with a young secondary. The Cougars don't run the ball except to keep the defense honest, but they will throw it all over the place. Quarterback Connor Halliday is on his way to re-writing the Pac-12 career passing record books.
The defensive line has to get some pressure on Halliday, but it will have to do so without the Trojans' best edge rusher, J.R. Tavai, who is out with a knee injury. The defense's job will be tough with how quickly Washington State gets passes out. If the line can't get to Halliday, it needs to cause some deflections by getting their hands up and in the passing lanes.
Washington State's special teams are putrid. Expect the Trojans to have at least one big special teams play, if not more. Adoree Jackson had a 100-yard touchdown return last week and Nelson Agholor had a punt return touchdown against Arizona State. Don't be surprised if one has a repeat performance this week.
Time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage)
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
Betting Line: USC 9-point favorite
Radio: KSPN/710 (Pete Arbogast, John Jackson, Jordan Moore)
Records: USC 5-3 (4-2 Pac-12); Washington State 2-6 (1-4 Pac-12)
Series: USC leads, 58-9-4
Last meeting: Washington State won, 10-7, at the Coliseum
#TBT USC dropped 70 on Washington State in 1970, which reigned as the highest Trojan total for 35 years. #FightOn http://t.co/Gj7uZjgxfs— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 30, 2014
The Trojans have arrived in Pullman. #BeatTheCougs #FightOn pic.twitter.com/d3Vj2uQGyh— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 31, 2014