No. 25 USC will host Washington State on Saturday after getting the job done against Hawaii in Week 1.
In the 30-13 victory over Hawaii, Lane Kiffin's Trojans were able to distance themselves, but there are still concerns about the quarterback situation after both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek struggled.
Washington State is coming off a 31-24 loss to Auburn. Mike Leach's squad posted 464 yards of total offense against the Tigers but committed three turnovers. The Tigers also ran all over the Cougars.
Here's a look at Washington State vs. USC on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif.
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Betting Line (via Bovada): USC -15 1/2
Washington State Injuries (via USA Today)
Darius Lemora, S, Questionable (Undisclosed)
Jacob Seydel, OL, Questionable (Undisclosed)
USC Injuries (via USA Today)
Morgan Breslin, DE, Probable (Undisclosed)
Anthony Brown, CB, Questionable (Knee)
Kevon Seymour, CB, Questionable (Shin)
D.J. Morgan, RB, Questionable (Knee)
Victor Blackwell, WR, Questionable (Knee)
Silas Redd, RB, Doubtful (Knee)
Top Storyline: Drama Continues to Surround USC Quarterback Situation
The big question for USC this offseason was if the Trojans could make up for the loss of former leader Matt Barkley.
Well, at least one week into the season, it doesn't look promising.
Cody Kessler and Max Wittek both struggled against Hawaii in Week 1. Kessler went 10-of-19 for 95 yards with one touchdown to one interception. Wittek went 5-of-10 for 77 yards.
Star receiver Marqise Lee posted eight catches for 104 yards in the win, but no other receiver notched more than 35 yards, in part because Kessler and Wittek struggled to spread the ball around.
Also, the USC offensive line didn't get a whole lot of push. Hawaii racked up three sacks, nine tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries in Honolulu.
Kessler and Wittek need to play better, but they also need some help up front.
Prediction: USC 30, Washington State 20
Even if Kessler and Wittek struggle like they did against Hawaii, USC showed in Week 1 that it can still get it done on the ground, with or without injured starter Silas Redd.
Sophomore Tre Madden posted 109 yards on 18 carries against Hawaii, while freshman Justin Davis added 74 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
USC's defense also looked solid against Hawaii, racking up four interceptions to go along with seven sacks, nine tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Mike Leach's uptempo offensive attack could put up some yards against USC, but turnovers will once again be Washington State's downfall against the Trojans in Los Angeles.
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