USC vs San Jose State Prediction NCAAF Picks 8/26

USC vs San Jose State Prediction NCAAF Picks 8/26

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USC vs San Jose State: College Football Preview

The 2023 season kicks off as the San José State Spartans face the Southern California Trojans (-31) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT with a game total set at 66.5 points.


Team Analysis


San José State Spartans

The Spartans begin their 2023 campaign with back-to-back games against ranked opponents, including hosting #18 Oregon State after their clash with the Trojans. With a 7-5 record last year and a history of 24 wins over the past four seasons, San José State aims to continue their upward trajectory.

Experienced quarterback Chevan Cordeiro returns for his sixth season, leading the Spartans' offense. Cordeiro, a former Hawaii quarterback, passed for 3,251 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for nine scores last season. Despite facing challenges on both sides of the ball, the Spartans possess a potent passing game and a solid offensive line.

Defensively, the Spartans need to fill gaps in their front line, but their linebacking unit and secondary remain strong. Tre Jenkins and former USC safety Chase Williams are standout players in the defensive backfield.


Southern California Trojans

The Trojans are striving for a successful season. This being their final season in the Pacific-12 Conference, USC has a challenging schedule ahead, facing four ranked opponents. Quarterback Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, leads the Trojans' offense after an impressive year with 4,537 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, along with 442 rushing yards and six scores.

USC's offensive arsenal includes running back MarShawn Lloyd and receiver Dorian Singer, notable transfers bringing playmaking ability to the team. The offensive line has been revamped with key additions from the transfer portal.

Defensively, the Trojans are focusing on improvement after allowing 6.5 yards per play last season. With an emphasis on turnovers, USC's linebackers and secondary provide experience and playmaking potential.



Considering the offensive strength of both teams and their ability to score, the over of 66 points appears to be an enticing betting option. San José State's solid passing game and USC's dynamic offense, led by Caleb Williams, suggest a high-scoring matchup. While the defenses have areas to improve, the offensive prowess on display could lead to a game that surpasses the projected total.


Pick: Over 66 points -110


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