California Bears vs USC Trojans - College Football Expert Picks - Week 9

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Troy West

Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:37 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 4:37 PM UTC

USC has bounced back quite nicely in the past three games, with a complete dismantling of Arizona, they welcome Cal tonight in what is a very intriguing game. Our capper provides his college football pick.


Clay Helton's USC team welcome Cal in an intriguing PAC-12 fixture on Thursday night. The aforementioned Helton has reversed early season woes with three consecutive victories after a 1-3 start. The Trojans to say the least have been outstanding in their rebound, capped by a total demolition of Arizona last time out defeating the Wildcats by a 48-14 score line. 

Sonny Dykes' Golden Bears come into this matchup after an exhilarating double OT victory, slipping past Oregon after intercepting freshman QB Justin Herbert in a 52-49 victory. Dykes' outfit seems to enjoy falling into slobber knocker overtime times having done the same against Oregon State.

You can put USC's success down to Clay Helton turning to Sam Darnold after the Trojans' appalling start. The redshirt freshman has been imperious since taking the QB position, capped by a spectacular display against the Wildcats.

Clearly, Darnold's favorite target is monster wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who picked up three TD's in their prior outing against Rich Rodriguez's lackluster defense; another performance for NFL scouts to drool over. The Trojans also had Ronald Jones going in that contest, allowing Darnold the opportunity to dissect the Wildcat defense.

For Cal, Davis Webb has been terrific, apart from a rough outing against Utah, where the Texas Tech transfer injured his hand. On the whole, Webb has diced up all of his opposition including Oregon last Friday. The Cal QB has developed a solid understanding of his receiving core; especially walk on Chad Hansen, who may miss this showdown with an ankle injury. In the Bear raid attack; based upon Mike Leach's synonymous offenses, one aspect gets lost in translation. In the run game, Dykes is getting outstanding production in his run game from Tre Watson and Khalfani Muhammad who both rushed for over 140 yards against the Ducks. 

Despite the aforementioned Utah game, Cal have being able to score on whatever defense that been presented to them. Webb should be able to sustain drives and convert those into Redzone opportunities, resulting in points. Expect the Golden Bears dynamic offense to stay within the spread. Take the points with Webb and Cal. 

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