For the second consecutive year, you don’t have to wait until Saturday to watch the Washington State Cougars take on the USC Trojans — the two teams will unofficially kick off this weekend’s slate with a Friday night tilt.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The television broadcast will be on ESPN, but you can also stream it on WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app. The radio broadcast can be found on TuneIn.com.
At first glance, this game features two teams going in opposite directions; the Cougs are 3-0 and have won all three of their games decisively, while the Trojans are 1-2. The competition level hasn’t exactly been the same, however — USC’s losses have been to Stanford and Texas. Although both final scores were bad, both games also were on the road.
The Trojans return to their home field for the first time since their opener, and one can be sure that last season’s loss at the hands of Luke Falk and Hercules Mata’afa isn’t far from their minds.
This game is going to tell fans of both teams a lot about their squads. USC is still loaded with talent, even if it hasn’t delivered the past couple of games. Can Clay Helton get that talent to realize a bunch of its potential tonight at a place where three consecutive losses is the sort of thing that gets you fired on the tarmac? The Trojans might be desperate, but I knew some Paul Wulff teams that were pretty desperate, too.
Meanwhile, is WSU ready to take on a team that it can’t physically overwhelm?
Like I said, we’re going to learn a ton.
The betting public isn’t quite buying the Cougars’ success; USC is favored by 4 1⁄2 points.
On to the gameday links!
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