Free Week 1 Prediction: Broncos vs Trojans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Western Michigan Broncos vs. USC Trojans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 5:15 pm EST
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
NCAA Football Spread: USC -27.0
NCAA Betting Total: 58
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This week 1 matchup sees the Broncos squaring off against the Trojans who are looking to run the table on way to the College Football Playoff.
USC will look to get a big win against a Broncos team breaking in a new coach.
Western Michigan Broncos
The quarterback position is the biggest question mark with the Broncos offense, as the unit has just 13 passing attempts.
Replacing a four year starter is never easy, but the first crack at the job will be given to John Wassink. He won’t do much against this athletic Trojans defense so look for a subpar performance.
Senior running back Jarvion Franklin was a second team All-Conference performer, and leads a talented group heading into the season.
He ran for a school record 281 yards on the ground against Akron, and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t crack 100 yards in this game.
Tim Lester will have huge shoes to fill as PJ Fleck was an excellent recruiter and play caller for the Broncos, turning the program around quickly.
Lester takes over a team with a lot of talent, but will have trouble keep this one close against one of the best teams in the nation.
Sam Darnold is looking at a potential #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and he is one of the best players in all of college football.
Once he was named the starter USC’s season completely turned around, as he threw for 31 touchdowns and they capped off a 9 game winning streak by beating Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
He should make easy work of the Broncos defense, and throw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Ronald Jones leads an excellent ground attack and after a second team All- Pac 12 campaign last year, he will look to improve on those numbers this season.
If he gets 20 carries in this game he should reach 150 yards and 3 scores on the ground.
The USC defense is very fast, explosive, and should be the best in the Pac-12 this season. During an 8 game stretch they only gave up 18.6 points per game (8-0) and I expect them to rebound after giving up 49 points in the Rose Bowl win last year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Broncos are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
- Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Over is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 games on grass.
- Over is 9-3-1 in Trojans last 13 non-conference games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This will be an easy win for USC, as the game gets out of hand in the second quarter.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC ATS
Sam Darnold has a great game and the running backs rack up over 250 on the ground.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: USC 56 – Western Michigan 24
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