The LA Coliseum will host its near-annual midweek contest of the year, with Friday night’s USC vs. Washington State game.
Week 4 is a big one for Clay Helton’s Trojans, as Friday night’s USC vs. Washington State game becomes a must-win for his struggling program after double-digit road losses to Stanford and Texas in back-to-back weeks.
With only 17 offensive points in those two games, USC has to find a way to get a spark on offense. They’ve got to help out true freshman quarterback JT Daniels, and anything better than a negative-yardage rushing outing would be a start.
Defensively, they’ll be looking to stop a vaunted Washington State passing attack led by senior quarterback Gardner Minshew II. The Cougars are 3-0 after rolling through their non-conference schedule with the nation’s No. 2 passing offense, while also finding themselves on defense despite having to replace defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who left for Ohio State in the offseason.
Through three games WSU boasts the 4th-ranked total defense in the country and are holding opposing quarterbacks to a disastrous completion percentage of 42.9 percent. But of course, USC marks their first Power 5 test of the season, making the numbers questionable for WSU.
Nonetheless, for a team as woeful as the Trojans have been thus far, Washington State boasts a lethal threat to USC’s 17-game home winning streak.
Here’s how you can get in on the action, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Pacific on ESPN…
Betting Odds: USC (-4.5)
The Trojans opened as 4.5-point home favorites on Sunday, which is exactly where the line sits as of Friday morning. The over/under has been as high as 52.5 points, but has settled in at 51.0, according to Vegas Insider.
If you’re looking to back USC, be careful. Not only are the Trojans 0-3 against the spread this season, they were 3-10-1 last year and only twice covered at home.
TV channel listings: ESPN
DirecTV: Channel 206Dish: Channel 140AT&T U-Verse: Channels 1602/602Verizon FiOS: Channels 570/70Google Fiber: Channel 21Spectrum Cable: Channel 64/300
How to listen on the radio: ESPN
Just like with TV, ESPN will air a national broadcast of the USC vs. Washington State game on radio, featuring Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons.
That’s in addition to the Trojans’ traditional live local radio coverage of the game on ESPNLA 710 AM in Los Angeles, featuring the voice of the Trojans, Pete Arbogast, with former USC wide receiver John Jackson and sideline reporting from Jordan Moore.
How to live stream online: WatchESPN
Friday night’s USC vs. Washington State game being on ESPN means it’ll be streamed on WatchESPN, which is available online and across several devices, including mobile, tablets and digital streamers like Roku and AppleTV.
Looking for WatchESPN’s web live stream specifically? You can click here.