Are you looking for some new point spreads on USC games? Or how about some games that already almost a touchdown spread in June? The sports betting site, WagerTalk.com, has released updated speads on six games:
USC is a 6.5-point underdog against Stanford; a 1-point favorite over Utah; a 3.5-point favorite over Oregon; a 6-point underdog at Washington and a 3.5-point underdog against UCLA and a 6.5 favorite over Notre Dame.
That’s a lot of points for the Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame games. Stanford has a new quarterback that has not been picked (just like USC). Washington is highly regarded but unproven while Notre Dame looks like a team many want to downgrade from a year ago.
Malik Marquetti, who announced he was transferring in April, has decided to go to Louisiana Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns were 19-15 last season. Marquetti, who was a team captain last season at USC, will sit out next season and and have two seasons of eligibility.
USC has received a commitment from three-star TE Erik Krommenhoek of Danville, Calif. Who else offered him? UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Colorado, Nevada, Arkansas, Pitt, Wyoming, Oregon State, Arizona State . . . you get the picture.
Tom Kelly, who was synonymous with USC football and basketball, died this morning. He was 88 and about to celebrate his 89th birthday Wednesday. Kelly started calling USC games in 1961 and did games almost yearly until 2003. Above he is announcing the 1974 USC-Notre Dame game.
I said Thursday that West Virginia QB David Sills’ transfer to El Camino College was probably orchestrated by his guru, Steve Clarkson. Well, it turns out El Camino’s offensive coordinator, Tim Kaub, works at Clarkson quarterback camps. And it was Clarkson who called Sills a “perfect quarterback.” I didn’t realize perfect quarterbacks go to El Camino. But Baby Quarterbacks do. USC coach Steve Sarkisian nudged him elsewhere after getting hired. That led to West Virginia, which switched him to wide receiver.
Maybe Tate Martell will be at El Camino College in three years too since he is also a Clarkson client.
Here’s a fun fact: When USC held its Rising Stars camp before in 2013 it rated the top three quarterbacks as (in order) Ricky Town, Josh Rosen and Sills. How was Rosen behind Town?!?!
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spent this weekend with satellite camps in Oceanside and Los Angeles. And Ohio State got a commitment from St. John Bosco offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, who some consider the top guard in the nation.
So far, so good. Tate Martell, the Pocket Quarteback, committed to Ohio State yesterday. This follows his commitment to Washington as an eighth grader and Texas A&M last year. USC always gets listed among his final schools but I never hear the Trojans are close to being his final pick. I suspect seeing Sam Darnold has something to do with it. And it’s better for USC to avoid any future drama that might come with the high-profile Martell, who does not seem like the type that will stick around if he loses a QB derby.