|2013 College Football Odds: Can USC Contend for the BCS Title?|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Sunday, 04 August 2013 06:00|
USC 2013 Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The USC Trojans couldn’t have had much more of a disappointing season in 2012. Will Lane Kiffin right the ship for 2013?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, USC has been given 50/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Trojans have also been given odds of +600 to win the Pac-12 Championship and a money line of +250 to win the Pac-12 South Division. USC’s over/under for wins in 2013 have been set at 9.5, as long as the Trojans play 13 games during the season.
USC came into the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls, yet managed to go just 7-6 for the season, with a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. In his three years with the program, Kiffin has produced two of the lowest wins totals in a season in the last decade. This year’s squad returns a total of 16 starters, giving USC some hope to make a return to stardom.
On offense, USC returns eight starters, but will need to replace Matt Barkley at quarterback. Looking to replace him will be sophomore Max Wittek. Wittek had limited time in 2012, throwing for 388 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Wittek will have arguably the top receiver in college football to throw to, as junior Marqise Lee will look to build off his 2012 season where he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Lee is a Heisman Trophy candidate, as he has been given 16/1 odds to win the award this year. Also back for USC is running back Silas Redd, who transferred from Penn State prior to the start of the 2012 season. Redd had just 905 yards last season, but should have a bigger impact this year after having a full season under a new system. The Trojans also return four starters on the offensive line, which makes this unit very dangerous.
On defense, USC allowed 24.3 points and 394 yards per game in 2012. Kiffin’s defenses have struggled, allowing at least 375 yards per game in all three seasons. The USC defense has seven starters back in 2013, led by senior defensive end Morgan Breslin, who had 13 sacks in 2012. Leonard Williams, a sophomore on the line, had eight sacks in 2012 as well. USC could have issues in the secondary, as the group loses two starters. The Trojans held opponents to 227 yards passing per game in 2012.
The USC schedule isn’t shaping up to be too difficult, as the Trojans are missing out on a meeting with Oregon, aside from a potential conference championship clash. Oregon will travel to Arizona State, Notre Dame and Oregon State, but also get to host the likes of Arizona and Stanford. If the offense is able to gel under Wittek, a 10-win season is certainly in the cards considering a bowl game and conference championship.
For a look at the odds for the USC Trojans during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – USC Trojans
BCS National Champion Odds: 50/1
Pac-12 Conference Champion Odds: +600
Pac-12 South Division Champion Odds: +250
Win Total: Over/Under 9.5 (Must play 13 games)
Heisman Trophy Odds: WR Marqise Lee 16/1