Michael Castillo: USC wins 34-17
The Trojans struggled on offense last week in Palo Alto, and while all subliminal signs point towards a return of an unnamed offensive player(think about it for a second…got it? OK, there you go), I think it’s hard to say that SC will come out firing on all cylinders. Yes, they could very well play angry and take out plenty of frustration out on the Bears, but the offense has too many question marks before that can be assured. As for Cal, they have weapons on offense and they’ll score, but a weak offensive line that’s given up a ton of sacks(much like USC) should only help out the Trojan defense.
Alicia de Artola: USC wins 40-21
I honestly believe that USC will bounce back from the Stanford loss with a bit of fire. Cyrus Hobbi tried his hardest, but was outmatched last week, so having veterans like Khaled Holmes or Abe Markowitz available for the Cal game should make a big difference against a defensive line that is good, but not quite as physical as Stanford’s. It was nice to see Nelson Agholor produce on Saturday so I expect to see him used more while Marqise Lee and Robert Woods may benefit from being at home and maybe getting more protection from the refs. Most of all I expect Matt Barkley to respond and put up some big numbers.
Charles Gilmore: USC wins 42-21
USC is coming off of two tough road trips, one of which resulted in a loss. They will be out to set the record straight that they are still a legit team. Despite Cal putting up a good fight against Ohio State in Columbus, if USC puts it together they should win by 3 touchdowns.