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College Football Betting News and Notes Thursday 9/4

College Football Betting News and Notes Thursday 9/4

E CAROLINA (3 - 2) at UCF (2 - 2) - 10/4/2012, 8:00 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
UCF is 1-1 against the spread versus E CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
UCF is 1-1 straight up against E CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

USC (3 - 1) at UTAH (2 - 2) - 10/4/2012, 9:00 PM

Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 48-27 ATS (+18.3 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
USC is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
USC is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
USC is 1-0 against the spread versus UTAH over the last 3 seasons
USC is 1-0 straight up against UTAH over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

ARKANSAS ST (2 - 3) at FLA INTERNATIONAL (1 - 4) - 10/4/2012, 7:30 PM

Top Trends for this game.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses since 1992.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 over the last 3 seasons.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) in October games since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 1-1 against the spread versus ARKANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 1-1 straight up against ARKANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

East Carolina at Central Florida
East Carolina: 1-5 ATS off a conference home win
Central Florida: 25-10 ATS off ATS losses in 2 of their last 3 games

USC at Utah
USC: 8-1 ATS off a conference game
Utah: 21-8 Over off a conference loss

Added Game

Arkansas State at Florida International
Arkansas State: 9-0 ATS off an Under
Florida Int: 8-19 ATS in October

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NCAAF Week 6

East Carolina-Central Florida both had tough games Saturday, with ECU winning conference game with UTEP, Knights losing to BCS opponent Missouri at home. Pirates are 4-8 as road dogs under McNeill, pulling an upset at winless Southern Mississippi, getting waxed at South Carolina (48-10), North Carolina (27-6). Dogs covered four of last five series games; ECU won five of last six series games, with totals of 69-84 in last two. UCF is 12-7 vs spread as home favorite since '09, but 0-2 this year; both their losses this season came vs BCS opponents. Favorites are 4-2 vs spread in C-USA games this season.

Utah lost by 9 at USC LY when they had game-tying FG blocked on the last play and Trojans ran it back for TD. Utes are 1-2 vs I-A opponents, allowing 28.3 ppg; since '03, they're 5-2 as home underdogs, but they do not run ball well, averaging 78 ypg vs I-A foes. USC lost at Stanford due to Cardinal's balance- 202 rushing yards, 215 passing; Trojans are 7-13 in last 20 tries as road favorites, 4-4 under Kiffin. Having senior QB is big in road games, and Trojand have Barkley. Home teams are 7-5 vs spread in Pac-12 games this year, home dogs 4-2. Tough to endorse Ute squad that lost last game 37-7 at ASU and also lost at Utah State.

Arkansas State led Western Kentucky 13-0 at half LW but lost 26-13 at home; they've got only 10 starters back from LY and are on third coach in last three years. Red Wolves allowed 243+ rushing yards in their three losses this year; they covered 10 of last 15 road games. FIU is 1-4, with only win in OT over Akron; Panthers are 15-12 vs spread at home with Cristobal as HC- they've got 17 starters back from LY. FIU lost 48-20 to UL-Lafayette LW, so both teams on downer. Only team Panthers held under 411 yards was Louisville, probably best team they've played.

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USC at Utah Preview
By Joe Nelson

After a big upset in the Pac-12 last Thursday night there is another big game out west spotlighted this week to kick off the football weekend. USC and Utah played a very tight game early last season with the Trojans prevailing in a wild finish, creating big controversy in the gambling world with a bizarre final play. It has been nearly 100 years since USC has had to play in Salt Lake City however. Here is a look at that big game as well as two other Thursday night college football match-ups.

Matchup: USC Trojans (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) at Utah Utes (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS)
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date: Thursday, October, 4 2012
Time/TV: 9:00 PM ET – ESPN
Line: USC -14, Over/Under 47
Last Meeting: 2011, USC (-8½) 23-14 at USC

The Trojans were a very popular pick to be playing in Miami in January but there have been some struggles early in the season. Stanford knocked off USC in mid-September and completely changed the trajectory of the season for USC. This is a team that can still win the Pac-12 and still play in a BCS bowl, but getting to the national championship game will be much tougher and there are still many big games ahead.

One of the preseason favorites for the Heisman was USC quarterback Matt Barkley. He has solid numbers in 2012 but he has thrown five interceptions in four games and his 61 percent completion rate is well below last season’s mark. USC has two elite wide receivers that are posting great numbers but they have not been quite as prolific as many expected. The running game has been very good with Penn State transfer Silas Redd stepping in but USC is posting just 33 points per game and 422 yards per game, short of last year’s numbers.
Defense was not expected to be the strong point of this team but the numbers are good with just 17 points allowed per game this season. USC has produced 16 sacks and created 10 turnovers. The numbers could get worse as the conference season progresses but the run defense has been very effective with only 117 yards per game allowed on the ground.

Many thought Utah would win the Pac-12 South last season with USC on probation but the Utes went just 4-5 in conference play, losing at home in the finale against Colorado as big favorites to lose a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. The Utes have been viewed as a sleeper in the conference again this season but the opening game was a disaster, losing to Arizona State 37-7 two week ago in Tempe.

Starting quarterback Jordan Wynn was injured early in the year and while back-up Jon Hays has a lot of experience he is not the same threat. Utah has struggled in the passing game as Hays has thrown for less than 500 yards in three games with only 59 percent completions. John White rushed for over 1,500 yards last season but it will be hard for the senior running back to match that this year as he has just 233 yards. He did miss the BYU game that Utah won and Utah has never lost when he eclipses 100 yards, so getting the running game going will be a key focal point for the Utes.

Utah has a veteran defense that has been better than last season despite the team being 2-2. Utah has allowed less than 330 yards per game but the secondary featuring four returning starters has come up with just two interceptions and few big plays. Utah has enough talent to remain a solid defensive team all season and is led by senior Star Lotulelei who can cause big problems on the interior line.

Utah will need to be stout defensively early and control the ball with the running game to stay in this game. If USC scores quickly and is able to build a lead it will be very difficult for Utah to present a comeback threat. Utah will likely need a few turnovers or big plays on special teams to have a legitimate shot at an upset but if they are able to hang around early they can keep this game competitive.

Line Movement: Initial offerings priced this game with USC as a 13-point favorite with the line climbing up to -14. The total has dropped slightly from 47½ to 47 and USC is -600 on the moneyline.

Last Meeting: In 2011 these teams faced off early in the year for just the second game of the season for both teams. Utah was able to get some big plays with three turnovers to stay in the game and on the final play of the game a 41-yard field goal from Utah’s Coleman Peterson was blocked by Matt Kalil. A successful kick would have meant overtime at 17-17 but the block was returned for a touchdown by Torin Harris that would have made the final 23-14, a key play with a spread that was between 7½ and 8½ for most. It was one of the more memorable games from a betting standpoint because the officials did not indicate a touchdown on the play and called a penalty for USC players running onto the field before the play was over. Many sportsbooks posted a 17-14 final and paid off some of the wagers. The Pac-12 declared that the touchdown counted a few hours later however, changing the scenario for both the side bets and most total bets.

Series History: Last year’s meeting was the first since 2001 when Utah beat USC 10-6 in the Las Vegas Bowl. USC had previously defeated Utah 28-21 in the 1993 Freedom Bowl. USC has not played in Salt Lake City since a 51-0 win in 1917.

USC Historical Trends: Since 2008 USC is just 7-13 ATS as a road favorite but they are 4-4 ATS in that role under Lane Kiffin. The Trojans are 8-5 ATS in road games since 2010 but going further back USC is on an ugly 13-22 ATS run as a road favorite of seven or more points.

Utah Historical Trends: The Utes have been one of the great underdog performers in the last two decades, going 57-28-2 ATS since 1990. Since Kyle Whittingham took over the program Utah is 17-12-1 ATS as an underdog, including going 5-2 as a home underdog.

There are two additional games Thursday night this week:

East Carolina at Central Florida 8:00 PM ET
Line: Central Florida -11½, Over/Under 47

East Carolina leads Conference USA at 2-0 but there are certainly red flags in the statistical profile as the Pirates were out-gained in each of their first four games until last week’s home win over UTEP. Both of these teams have taken on challenging non-conference games with East Carolina losing to South Carolina and North Carolina, while Central Florida has lost fairly close games with Ohio State and Missouri. UCF is expected to be one of the top teams in Conference USA this season but the Knights are ineligible for the postseason. Edges on both sides of the ball appear dramatic for UCF but last season East Carolina won in this match-up 38-31.

Arkansas State at Florida International 7:30 PM ET
Line: Arkansas State -1, Over/Under 59½

Arkansas State won the Sun Belt last season with a perfect 8-0 conference record. New head coach Gus Malzahn is 0-1 in league play after the Red Wolves lost at home to Western Kentucky. The defensive numbers look suspect for Arkansas State but they played Oregon and Nebraska in early season losses. Florida International has a veteran team that was expected to compete well in the Sun Belt this season and after great non-conference success last season the Panthers are sitting at 1-4 overall after losing badly in the Sun Belt opener last week against Louisiana-Lafayette. Statistically Arkansas State has posted 110 more yards per game on offense between these teams and Florida International is playing without quarterback Jason Medlock. Last season Arkansas State won 34-16 in Jonesboro.

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USC at Utah: What Bettors Need to Know

USC Trojans at Utah Utes (+13.5, 47.5)

Southern California’s preseason billing took a big hit in mid-September and the No. 12 Trojans have the opportunity to take another step toward again becoming part of the national championship picture when they visit Utah on Thursday.

The Trojans suffered a 21-14 loss to Stanford on Sept. 15 after being hyped as perhaps the nation’s top team. USC can’t afford any further stumbles and will need to win an early November showdown with Oregon to regain its lofty status.

Utah was routed 37-7 by Arizona State in its last outing Sept. 22 and the Utes need to get star running back John White going. White has only 233 yards this season after setting a school record last year with 1,519.

Both teams are coming off byes and USC is visiting Salt Lake City for the first time since 1917. The last time these teams met, the Trojans took a 17-14 win at home after having a TD from a blocked field goal with no time remaining erased due to an excessive celebration penalty. Two hours after the game was final, the NCAA upheld the touchdown and changed the score to 23-14, causing chaos among sportsbooks who had USC favored by 8.5 points.

LINE: USC opened as high as -14 in Las Vegas while some online markets opened the Trojans -13.

ABOUT USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12 South, 1-3 ATS): The Trojans defeated California 27-9 in their last outing in a contest in which the running game (296 yards) was more productive then senior quarterback Matt Barkley (192 yards). The Heisman Trophy candidate was intercepted twice and has been picked off five times to go with 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns. Penn State transfer Silas Redd has rushed for a team-best 338 yards and four scores. Sophomore receiver Marqise Lee already has 40 receptions for 457 yards. Junior defensive end Morgan Breslin leads the Pac-12 with 5.5 sacks while sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey leads the Trojans in tackles (32) and interceptions (three). USC has recorded 16 sacks and eight interceptions.

ABOUT UTAH (2-2, 0-1, 1-3 ATS): The Utes have struggled offensively since losing quarterback Jordan Wynn to a career-ending shoulder injury. Senior Jon Hays passed for only 117 yards in the loss to Arizona State and White had only 18 yards on 14 carries. The bye week has given White time to physically recover from an ankle injury that caused him to miss a game against Brigham Young. Utah expects to have junior defensive end Joe Kruger (2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles) and sophomore safety Eric Rowe back from injuries as the defense looks to bounce back after allowing 512 yards against Arizona State.


* Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games.
* Utes are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 conference games.
* Under is 6-2 in Utes last eight home games.
* Under is 4-1 in Trojans last five games overall.


1. USC is 7-3 against Utah and won last year’s contest 23-14.

2. Utah is 6-1 after byes during Kyle Whittingham’s nine seasons as coach.

3. The Trojans have gone 185 games since last being shut out, one shy of the school-record streak set from 1967-1983.

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