2012 ESPN Thursday Night College Football Odds & Spread: USC vs. Utah Print
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:30
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USC vs. Utah Odds

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (The Spread) – No. 13 USC hopes to stay in the Pac-12 title picture on Thursday night when it hits the road to face Utah at 9PM ET on ESPN.

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USC is 3-1 on the season, 1-1 in the Pac-12 and 1-1 on the road. Utah is 2-2 overall, 0-1 in conference play and 2-0 at home. Both teams enter this game at 1-3 against the spread. USC is 7-3 against Utah.

Trends show that USC is 5-1 against the spread in its last 6 conference games and 9-4 ATS in its last 13 road games. Utah is 0-3-1 ATS in its last 4 games on Thursday nights and just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv USC is the clear favorite on the road in this game, as the Trojans are getting odds of -14 points at Utah. The over/under total has been set at 48 points. (View Matchup) Opening odds had USC as a 13-point favorite. The spread reached its peak at its current state of the Trojans -14 points.

USC is coming off a 27-9 win over Cal at home two weeks ago. The Trojans last road game saw them lose, 21-14, at Stanford. This season, USC is holding its opponents to 17.3 points per game while the offense is scoring 33 points per contest. The USC offense is being led by quarterback Matt Barkley, who has thrown for 1,005 yards and 12 TDs.

Utah is coming off a 37-7 loss at Arizona State last week. The Utes have been struggling on offense this year, averaging only 23 points per game. Utah ranks 105th in the country in passing (190.8 ypg) and 114th in rushing (107.5 ypg). The team has been led this season by replacement quarterback Jon Hays, who has thrown for 467 yards and 4 TDs. Hays is replacing Jordan Wynn, who retired following an early-season shoulder injury.

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In terms of Injuries, USC center Khaled Holmes is questionable with an ankle injury and receiver George Farmer is questionable with a hamstring injury. Utah defensive end Joe Kruger is questionable with a foot injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing USC. The Trojans are currently getting 76% of the wagers with odds of -14 points at Utah on Thursday night.

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