USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Betting Pick: Colorado +23 -110 odds (November 23rd 2013)
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Just five days after winning a huge game against rugged Stanford, USC has to travel to cold weather to take on improved Colorado. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s, which certainly isn’t Southern Cal weather.
The Trojans have arch-rival UCLA up next. So the situation is far from ideal for the Trojans.
But what about the matchup, can the Buffaloes hang with the Trojans who are playing their finest ball since getting rid of clueless Lane Kiffin?
I believe they can. The Buffaloes are improved under first-year head coach Mike McIntyre. They are off a confidence-building blowout of California in which they gained nearly 500 yards. This is the latest in the season that the Buffaloes have been still eligible for a bowl since 2007.
The Buffaloes will treat this matchup as their bowl game. Revenge for a 50-6 blowout loss last year is added incentive. That defeat came under the pitiful watch of former coach Jon Embree.
USC’s best offensive player, star wide receiver Marqise Lee, is less than 100 percent after getting kicked in the shin against Stanford. Lee was just getting back from a knee injury, too.
Colorado has two good wide receivers. Paul Richardson is one of the more underrated wide receivers in the nation. Given the weather factor, USC’s letdown spot, Colorado’s overall improvement and respectable passing game and it’s my belief the Buffaloes can stay within three touchdowns of the Trojans.
(Editor’s note: Vegas pro Stephen Nover has five other college football plays going, including his Sun Belt Conference Game of the Year.)