Rice @ No. 14 USC
Last season’s records: USC 4-8; Rice 4-8
What there is to know
The USC Trojans and Rice Owls face off at 6 p.m. ET on September 3 at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to kick off their 2022 seasons. Last year, USC had nothing to brag about (4- 8), so the team is looking forward to a fresh start. Rice also struggled last year, finishing 4-8.
A few defensive stats from last season to watch: The Trojans ranked 22nd worst in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed last season, where the team gave up 28% (last 92%). The Owls had their own struggles as they were 18th worst in touchdowns allowed last season, with the team giving up 53 overall (93% lower). It’s possible that one of those Achilles heels will end up tripping up the losing team.
USC is the favorite in this one, with an expected margin of victory of 34.5 points (!). It would take nothing short of a miracle for Rice to pull off a win, but maybe they can at least keep USC from covering the spread.
How to watch
- When: Saturday at 6 p.m. ET
- Where: United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — Los Angeles, California
- TV: Pac 12 networks
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports app
The Trojans are a strong 34.5-point favorite against the Owls, according to the latest college football odds.
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This is the first time these teams have faced each other in the last seven years.