The Washington Huskies (6-3,4-2) are coming off a hard 34-17 loss to the Oregon Ducks in their Husky Stadium finale. Now the Huskies must pick themselves up and turn their attentions on the #18 USC Trojans (7-2,4-2) down in Los Angeles.
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This game will feature plenty of offense as the Trojans are averaging 33.4 points per game while the Huskies are averaging 33.6 points per game. Both teams will feature plenty of playmakers including the quarterback battle. Keith Price and Matt Barkley have been playing against each other since high school.
Then this week Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian made the bold statement that if he were an NFL GM he would take Barkley over Andrew Luck which raised plenty of eyebrows. The Huskies are hoping to avoid their first losing streak of the season as they haven’t lost two in a row all year bouncing back after their two previous defeats.
Now I’ll give my three keys to the game.
1. Start playing Keith Price football:
Price admitted after the game this was the first game where he didn’t play happy. He played nervous and it showed as he was ineffective. Price ended up throwing two interceptions last game which led to 14 points and had a YPA of 4.1 while taking six sacks. Price is playing in his home city the stadium where he threw his first career touchdown pass.
2. Nick Holt you wrote the check, now the defense has to cash it:
Immediately following the Oregon defeat Holt made the statement he would rather face USC than Oregon. Then twisted the knife by adding that he has already beaten and stopped the Trojans the last two years. The Trojans locker room and campus has posters with that quote on there.
The last two years the defense has made key stops in defeating the Trojans especially in the redzone. Matt Barkley though is now a junior is the difference. Barkley has completed 67.0% of his passes for 2,608 yards (7.6 YPA) with 28 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. His favorite receiver is Robert Woods who has 90 receptions already for 1,121 yards with 11 touchdowns. The Huskies defense will have their hands full.
3. Avoid costly mistakes:
The Huskies the last two weeks have turned the ball over six times and have had several dropped passes including two touchdowns. To win games against quality opponents you can’t be dropping passes. The Huskies offense needs to go back to being that well oiled machine that was running on all cylinders instead of the offense that is allowing opponents to be off the hook.
In conclusion, the Huskies are looking to win at USC back to back years for the first time since 1937. The Huskies are looking to beat the Trojans three years in a row for the first time since 1990-1992 (our Rose Bowl years). This will be a tough challenge for the Huskies on Saturday.
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Vegas line: USC by 13.5 points
Prediction: USC 38, Huskies 28