I was going to load up on USC -10.5 over Ohio State. Felt pretty good about it, the line's moved against USC and I'm in cheap, etc. Then I read this dissenting opinion by Will Harris on ESPN:
The two dominant programs of the decade -- at least one of these teams has appeared in five of the past six BCS title games -- finally meet Saturday in the latest "Game of the Century." The hype is strong, as it should be. Since Jim Tressel and Pete Carroll arrived on the scene in 2001, the two schools are a combined 152-30. For a young USC team, this game represents a chance to begin a new run of dominance under junior quarterback Mark Sanchez. For Ohio State, it represents the last chance to regain the respect lost in back-to-back title-game drubbings at the hands of SEC teams. Both sides have been thinking about and preparing for this game all summer. Both sides are exceptionally well-coached and supremely talented. The Trojans have the advantage of playing at home, but the Buckeyes have a more meaningful advantage: experience. USC is clearly one of those teams that reloads rather than rebuilds, but the Trojans return only 11 starters from last year's squad. Gone are 2007's top rusher, passer and receiver, along with four starters along the offensive line. Gone are the top two pass rushers, top cover corner and three of the top five tacklers. Gone are an amazing seven players taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, are a veteran, battle-tested group that returns 10 starters on offense and 18 of the top 20 tacklers on defense. The Bucks also field what may be the nation's best special teams. The game should deliver on the promise of a classic showdown. Ohio State is the more experienced team with more at stake, and that should be enough to come away with a win, even on the road.
Ohio State 24-20
...And yet USC has an extra week and they're at home. So now I'm pulling my action on USC and I'm going to sit back, and wait and see.
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