"Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris "The Bear" Fallica cover the college football season as only they can, offering their top picks, betting nuggets and totals worth wagering on.
The Bear (Last week: 0-3. Season: 13-19)
Stanford Steve (Last week: 2-3. Season: 19-17)
Note: All lines are from Caesars Sportsbook.
Stanford Steve: I'm expecting a little chill in the air Saturday night in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame gets its all-everything tight end Michael Mayer back, which should provide a huge lift to an offense that has lacked consistency. I like the improving defense of the Irish and their secondary, which includes All-American candidate Kyle Hamilton and CB Cam Hart. They match up well with the Air Raid of the Trojans, who feature star wide receiver Drake London (64 catches in 6 games). I expect the Irish to come out with more of a sense of urgency, too, knowing they can still manage a successful season.
Pick: Notre Dame -7 (Notre Dame 34, USC 19)
Fallica: The Trojans have a zig-zag pattern this season, which makes perfect sense. After laying an egg at home vs. Utah, it's a perfect spot for a good performance as a road dog vs. a rival. I don't know if Notre Dame has an answer defensively for London, and all Notre Dame has done all year is play close games behind mediocre offensive line and QB play.
Pick: USC +7