USC vs. Hawaii Pick

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HONOLULU, HI (The Spread) – No. 24 USC begins its 2013 season on Thursday night when it heads to Aloha Stadium to face Hawaii 11PM ET on the CBS Sports Network.

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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.

Odds: The oddsmakers from Bovada.lv have USC as the heavy favorite on the road, as the Trojans have been given odds of -23.5 points against Hawaii. The over/under total for the game has been set at 53.5 points

Line Movement: 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.

Public Betting: Of the wagers that have been placed on this game, 75% are going on USC with a point spread of -23.5 points against Hawaii. Be sure to click on the public betting link to get the latest odds and betting percentages.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FREE PICK: USC is 0-7 against the spread in its last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in its last 4 non-conference games while Hawaii is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games against Pac-12 opponents, but just 2-8 ATS in its last 10 home games. Despite some trends going against USC, our pick in this one is the Trojans. USC needs to make a statement in this opener, and despite the team playing two quarterbacks, the Trojans should come out motivated. Lane Kiffin is working with a short rope right now, so any negative signs from the Trojans could spell the end of his job. With a talent like Marqise Lee at receiver, USC can score at any time. Covering 23.5 points is a lot, but the Trojans should be able to handle that over 60 minutes of football.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 FREE PICK: USC -23.5

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