Golden Nuggets: Cal-USC Score Predictions + BYU-Boise State Open Thread

Another ranked opponent, another boatload of predictions for this week's Cal game.

– Cal at No. 13 USC, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks): The Bears (1-2) did lots right on the road against Ohio State, but couldn’t finish the job. They say they are ready to eliminate the decisive mistakes, but USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) will be just as motivated after a stumble at Stanford. Plus, Cal hasn’t won in L.A. since Brendan Bigelow was a second-grader. USC 27, Cal 20.
Kevin Gemmell: The Bears showed a lot of heart in their loss to Ohio State. But they are getting a USC team that is salty and vengeful. The Trojans have owned Cal of late and I expect that to continue. Though the wide receiver talent that will be on the field -- Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Keenan Allen -- is worth tuning in for. USC 28, Cal 14.

Ted Miller: There's a temptation to think the Stanford loss could double-dip USC, which might still be pouting. Cal certainly showed at Ohio State it can physically match a quality foe. But I suspect center Khaled Holmes will return for the Trojans, and that will give them a boost on the offensive line. And Matt Barkley will bounce back. USC 33, California 17.

CAL (plus-17) at USC: There’s zero evidence to suggest Cal has the personnel and mettle to exploit the Trojans’ weaknesses the way Stanford did. Just look at the 2009-11 results: Stanford beats USC, and USC dominates Cal (to the tune of a 108-26 combined score). But 17 points seems a tad much. Pick: Cal.

Cal (+15.5) at USC USC, 31-17 USC, 30-20 USC, 38-20 USC, 38-14

After the jump we have the usual links. We also have a special bonus: video of Lane Kiffin's 28-second post-practice interview session with the media on Wendesday. His jimmies go from stable to rustled in about 4 seconds flat. If you want to watch the BYU-Boise State game, you can use this as the open thread. I'm instead going to watch that Lane Kiffin video on repeat until kickoff on Saturday.

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