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TV Take: ESPN seems to favor Hollywood in USC’s win over Washington State

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 12:24 a.m.

It took four games, the first three of which they won, but the Washington State Cougars finally made the television big time. All it took was a game at USC. On a Friday night. It was the Trojans, not surprisingly, who played the starring role on the ESPN broadcast, with WSU filling the role of the supporting cast.

The pick: Why Washington State will beat USC

USC’s current point-per-game average (20) certainly doesn’t hold up against a WSU team that’s averaging more than 43 and if the Trojans offensive line can’t find a way to protect J.T. Daniels, the USC rookie will likely be forced to make a few ill-advised throws. The Cougars scored 24 points off turnovers last week and it could be a key for them once again.

Why Washington State keeps going back to Los Angeles’ Cathedral High

Both receivers, and now Djibril, have expanded WSU’s footprint at Cathedral, but so would a big result for the Cougars (3-0) this Friday night against USC (1-2) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is a pebble throw away from the high school in Chavez Ravine area of LA.

Pac-12 picks: A smaller slate this weekend means a better chance for perfection

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

We correctly picked the winners for 10 of the 11 games last weekend, and could have been 11 for 11 had officials in the game between Arizona State and San Diego State determined Manny Wilkins’ 48-yard pass to Frank Darby was complete – a decision that would have given the Sun Devils the ball back on the 2-yard line trailing by seven points with 6 seconds left.