This should be an easy pick. USC is better than Oregon State. USC no longer has Neil Callaway.
But . . . let’s not kid ourselves that the Trojans will not play mistake-free football. They never do. And I’m not sure the team is thrilled Jack Sears got benched. Clay Helton’s no savior as a playcaller either. If USC were not in the Pac-12, it might be hard to pick the Trojans today.
There is one caveat: If Oregon State plays like it did in the second half against Colorado, this could be interesting.
So I am going to pick USC. Would I be surprised if Oregon State won? Nope.
My pick: USC 31, Oregon State 27.