USC over Oregon St by 28
In Dante’s Inferno, hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth. We think it’s time to add a 10th ring, one that runs straight through Corvallis, Oregon – ending in the office of the head football coach for the Oregon State Beavers. Submitted for your approval, the story of current HC Gary Andersen. In 2013, Andersen took over the top spot at Wisconsin after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas. Andersen’s record in two seasons at Madison? 20-7, with two bowl appearances. And so far at OSU? Mr. Andersen owns a lost-in-The-Matrix record of 7-22, including a disastrous 3-17 record in Pac-12 play. Now he has to lead his Beavers against the hordes of Troy – in a Coliseum, no less – who are still spitting fire over last week’s loss to Washington State. But before we pile more misery onto coach Andersen, we should note that THIS is his best ATS role, going 14-5 as a double-digit road dog. His Beavers also don’t shy away from the role of big underdogs, going 4-0 ATS of late as conference dogs of 21 or more points. However, Oregon State has lost 10 fumbles so far this season, not encouraging against an ornery, physical USC defense. Yes, the series host is 8-2 ATS the last 10 meetings but the Trojans were outgained 462-327 – and had the ball for only 24:33 – in their first loss to WSU since 2002 last Friday. We’re not anxious to lay 5 TDs with this bipolar bunch so we’ll watch from the LazY-Boy while we listen to ‘Up Down’ on the radio.