This is supposed to be the first test for USC.
Maybe. Maybe not.
Oregon State should have the best defense USC has faced to date. That doesn’t mean it can stop the Trojans’ offense.
People like to pretend when these games take place that years of recruiting doesn’t matter. There is no reason USC should lose this game.
Oregon State is a team of overachievers. But the Beavers will be under a lot of pressure. They need to keep USC’s offense off the field. They need their best passing game of the season. They need to almost play a perfect game.
Here’s my prediction: USC 45, Oregon State 27.