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Live updates: Washington State at USC

Follow along here for updates and analysis as the Washington State Cougars face the USC Trojans in Los Angeles. You can watch the game on ESPN.

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.

USC game carries more significance for 33 Southern Californians on Washington State roster

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

The Cougars’ Pac-12 opener is meaningful because it’s the first of nine games that counts toward conference standings. But, similar to how the Apple Cup excites just about every Washingtonian on the Cougar roster, the USC game bears that much more importance for 33 players who hail from Los Angeles, San Diego or a close-by suburb of those two.

Washington State outscoring opponents 52-0, outgaining them 462-92 in 4th quarter

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

If football games ended after three quarters, Washington State’s record would be no different than it is now. The Cougars have played well enough through the first, second and third quarter this season to dispatch Wyoming, San Jose State and Eastern Washington. But the fourth is why all three have been so lopsided.