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College Football Week 7 Predictions: USC Trojans vs. Washington Huskies

Jeff GrantContributor INovember 12, 2016

College Football Week 7 Predictions: USC Trojans vs. Washington Huskies

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    Senior quarterback Matt Barkley is just four touchdowns away from setting the Pac-12 Conference career touchdown pass record as the USC Trojans take on the Washington Huskies inside CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Saturday. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

    The Trojans are currently 11.5-point road favorites in the current Week 7 college football betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total is holding steady at 55.5.

    Sports bettors will find that USC holds a 50-28-4 all-time advantage over Washington in this series, which includes a 40-17 victory as 11-point home favorites a year ago.

    Let's take a closer look at this conference rivalry from a betting perspective, while offering a pick on the total.

USC Trojans

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    The USC Trojans will be hitting the road for the fourth time in five games and are coming off a 38-28 win over the Utah Utes as 14-point road favorites, while going OVER the posted total of 50.

    Head coach Lane Kiffin may want to add some moisture to the practice balls this week, as there's currently a 60-percent chance of rain in the Seattle area on Saturday, which is a significant factor when picking this game against the spread.  

    The Trojans have tallied a losing 21-22-2 record in games where it rained during a major portion of the contest.

    Quarterback Matt Barkley has split his two opportunities against the Washington Huskies, while 20 of the past 34 meetings have been decided by 12 or fewer points.

Washington Huskies

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    The Washington Huskies have played their best football in the Seattle area this season and are looking to bounce back from a 52-21 blowout loss to the Oregon Ducks as 24.5-point road underdogs. 

    Head coach Steve Sarkisian is certainly familiar with Lane Kiffin on the other sideline, as the two spent five years together as assistants at USC. Sarkisian has compiled a 22-21 record during his three-plus years with Washington.

    Sports bettors will notice that the Huskies are 2-4 against the spread (ATS) as a home underdog since 2010, while the UNDER has cashed in five of those six contests.

Las Vegas Perspective

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    I reached out to Jimmy Vaccaro earlier this week about this high-profile affair. He serves as the public relations director for William Hill US, and here's what he had to say:

    USC is vastly overrated. Washington stubbed its toe last week, but gets back on track this week to keep this one close.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their college football picks this weekend, as the UNDER has gone 4-1-1 in the last six meetings in this Pac-12 rivalry.

    The Washington Huskies have played some solid defense inside CenturyLink Field, which fits nicely with going below the number in five of their last six games as a home underdog.

    Keep a close eye on the weather conditions—something that may force the USC Trojans to go to the ground early and often with running back Silas Redd.

     

    College Football Week 7 Pick: Under 55.5

     

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