Western Michigan vs. USC NCAAF Odds & Preview Week 1

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 1, 2017 in

In College Football on Saturday, the Broncos of Western Michigan will take on the Trojans on USC. The Broncos are coming off a historic season a year ago, but lost their head coach P.J. Fleck. The Broncos went 13-0 during the regular season, but fell to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

For the USC Trojans, after a slow start a season ago, they finished as one of the hottest teams in college football. The Trojans were 1-3, and won their final 9 games of the season. USC downed Penn State by 3 in the Rose Bowl. In this game, the Trojans are huge favorites over Western Michigan. USC is -26 in the NCAAF odds.

Western Michigan vs. USC NCAAF Odds & Preview Week 1

When: Saturday September 2, 2017; 4:15pm CT
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles, CA
TV: PAC-12 Network
Radio: Z96.5 FM (Western Michigan) / 710 ESPN AM (USC)
Stream Option: PAC-12 Live
NCAAF Odds: USC -26

Why Bet on USC Trojans?

Sam Darnold is back as the starting quarterback for the USC Trojans. A season ago, Darnold completed 246 passes for more than 3,000 yards. Darnold threw for 31 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions on the season. His top target was Ju-Ju Smith Schuster, with 10 touchdowns. He is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Taking over as the top receiver this season is expected to be Deontay Burnett. The Junior has 7 touchdown receptions on the season. The running game for USC should be in great shape to move the football with Ronald Jones II returning. He rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Why Bet on Western Michigan Broncos?

Despite having a new head coach, the Western Michigan Broncos still have huge expectations on this season. The Broncos have a tough start to the season, as they play this game, and then go on the road to Michigan State next. The Broncos are still the favorites out of the MAC – West Division.

Is Western Michigan a safe bet in the NCAAF odds

A season ago, the Broncos quarterback Zach Terrell tossed for more than 260 completions, with 33 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. That was an incredible season, as he was the lone quarterback to play. That poises some problems for the core behind center in 2017. The Broncos also lost Corey Davis, who led the team with 19 touchdowns to the Tennessee Titans.

Expert Pick & Prediction

This could be a blowout. The USC Trojans are going to be really good this season, and will start fast and furious in this game. P.J. Fleck is a great coach, and recruited some talented players, but they are not going to be good enough to keep up with an elite USC team in this game. The Trojans win big.

The Trojans are going to pass the football like crazy in this game, and Sam Darnold will have a monster season. Darnold starts hot in this game, and the Trojans win the game. Bet on the USC Trojans -26 over the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday.