|2013 College Football Week 1 Odds & Point Spread: USC vs. Hawaii|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:00|
USC vs. Hawaii Odds
USC went just 7-6 last season and was an abysmal 3-10 against the point spread. Hawaii went 3-9 last season and was just 4-7 against the point spread. USC has won the last five meetings dating back to 1999, but Hawaii has covered the spread in the last two meetings with USC.
Trends show that USC is 0-7 against the point spread in its last 7 road games and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games overall. Hawaii is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games against Pac-12 opponents.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, USC is the clear favorite on the road, as the Trojans have odds of -23.5 points against Hawaii. The over/under total for the game has been set at 53.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had USC favored by 21 points. The spread was never lower than that and is currently peaking at USC -23.5. The over/under odds opened at 52.5 points and has since slowly worked up to 53.5.
USC needs to have a bounce back season after starting the 2012 season ranked No.1 in the country and finishing 7-6. Lane Kiffin has 16 starters back this year and should have plenty of talent to contend in the Pac-12. Offensively, USC has committed to play two quarterbacks in the opener. Max Wittek and Cody Kessler will both play as each fights to earn the full-time gig. The Trojans have plenty of backs to work with, led by Silas Redd, though he will miss the opener due to injury. Also back for USC is stud receiver Marqise Lee, who caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. USC should have plenty of big plays on offense throughout the season. On defense, USC has seven starters back, but need to improve on it 394 yards allowed per game. USC has Morgan Breslin back at defensive end. Breslin had 13 sacks in 2012 and will anchor the line. Also back is Hayes Pullard, who had 107 tackles.
Hawaii is in its second season under Norm Chow, the former offensive coordinator for USC. This year’s team has 17 starters back, which means there should be better execution, especially on offense. Hawaii averaged just 21.2 points and 297 yards per game a year ago, which were extremely poor numbers for Hawaii. This year’s team has quarterback Taylor Graham under center, who is a transfer from Ohio State. Graham has a veteran offensive line in front of him and four of Hawaii’s top five receivers from the 2012 season. Defensively, Hawaii got cut up for 35.7 points and 373 yards per game last year. The defense returns six starters in its back seven, which should help it defend against some the strong passing attacks it will face during the season.
In terms of Injuries, Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is out with a foot injury. USC receiver Victory Blackwell is questionable with a knee injury while D.J. Morgan is out with a knee injury.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing USC, as the Trojans are getting 79% of the wagers with a point spread of -23.5 against Hawaii.