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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(1-0) San Jose State Spartans vs. USC Trojans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 4th 2021
Time: 5 pm EST
Venue: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California.
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Spartans +14 | Trojans -14
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Spartans -450 | Trojans -600
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 60
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The San Jose State Spartans will travel down to Los Angeles and open their season with the USC Trojans.
San Jose State Spartans
San Jose State was sharp in their season opener. After winning the Mountain West last season with a 7-1 record, the Spartans opened with a 45-14 win over Southern Utah. Things won’t nearly be as easy with Southern Cal this weekend, but they may just give the Trojans a battle.
Nick Starkel followed up his impressive 2020 campaign with a 394-yard performance in win over the Thunderbirds. He threw for 1,906 yards with 16 touchdowns to four picks in eight games last season.
Tyler Nevens led the running attack for the Spartans last week. The third-year starter turned twelve carries into 91 yards, and he scored the opening touchdown. He’s approaching the 2,000 yard mark for his career, and could achieve that this weekend.
SJSU will enter with a solid group of pass catchers. Starkel connected with eight different receivers, while four different pass catchers scored. Charles Ross led the team with three catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Derrick Deese Jr. posted a similar line of three catches, 72 yards, and a score.
The Spartans held Southern Utah to fourteen points, and shut them out in the second half.
#15 USC will look to follow up an impressive 2020 season with a quality non-conference win here. The Trojans went 5-1, with their one loss coming in the Pac-12 Championship to Oregon.
Clay Helton will enter his seventh year at helm, and he’s posted a 45-23 record through six seasons. Former Heisman candidate Graham Harrell is in his second season at OC. His playcalling is reminiscent of his time at Texas Tech.
Kendon Slovis will enter his third season as the Trojans starting quarterback. The junior followed up his impressive 2,865/25/9 freshman season with 1,921 passing yards with 17 touchdowns to seven interceptions last year.
Redshirt senior Vavai Malepeai led the team in rushing with 238 yards and three touchdowns. He’s tallied 1,422 rushing yards, 15 scores, and 42 catches in 33 games over the course of his four-year career. Incoming Texas transfer Keontay Ingram should contribute early as well.
The Trojans lost leading receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to the NFL, but second leading receiver Drake London returns after snagging 33 passes for 502 yards and three scores. Former UT transfer Bru McCoy should be in for a bigger role in his second season. He caught 21 passes for 236 yards with two scores last season.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
San Jose State’s tuneup last week will come in handy as this game could be closer than we think. We shouldn’t overthink USC as hosts, but these two teams should put up some points.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Over 59.5
The 14-point spread is appealing, it feels low and the Trojans could very well blow the Spartans out. After Ohio State’s burn on their 14-point spread, let’s approach this one with caution. San Jose State isn’t going to lay down and they could very well score multiple touchdowns against an USC defense that was far from stalwart last season. This could be a shootout, it surprisingly feels safer, so take the over this weekend in the battle of warriors. Eye the generous spread too.
Spartans vs. Trojans Free Score Prediction: San Jose State 21 – USC 42 (Bet Now!)
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