|2012 Sun Bowl Odds, Total & Betting Preview: USC vs. Georgia Tech|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Monday, 31 December 2012 09:00|
Sun Bowl Odds
USC is 7-5 on the season and 3-9 against the spread while Georgia Tech is 6-7 overall and 8-5 against the spread. The Trojans have hit the under 7 times this season while the Yellowjackets have hit the over 7 times. These two have no recent meetings.
Trends show that USC is 4-0 against the spread in its last 4 bowl games, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Georgia Tech is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, USC is the favorite at home in this game, as the Trojans have odds of -7.5 points against Georgia Tech. The over/under total has been set at 61.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had USC favored by 10 points, but the spread has dropped recently due to the injury to Matt Barkley that will keep him from playing. The spread is currently at its lowest point with USC favored by 7.5.
USC closed its season with a 22-13 loss to Notre Dame. The Trojans went just 1-4 over their final five games after being one of the preseason favorites to win the national title. USC finishing Pac-12 play 5-4. USC averaged 34.2 points per game on offense this season while the defense allowed 24.6 points per contest on defense. The Trojans will be without Barkley, their starting quarterback, due to a shoulder injury. He threw for 3,272 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. The team still has one of the top receivers in the country in Marqise Lee, who has caught 112 passes for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Georgia Tech is coming off a 21-15 loss in the ACC Championship Game to Florida State. The Jackets lost their final two games of the season, but were granted bowl eligibility for going 6-6 in regular season play. The offense is averaging 34.5 points per game on the year while the defense is giving up 29.9 points per contest. Georgia Tech has the fourth-best rushing attack in the country, averaging 312.5 yards per game on the ground. Tevin Washington has thrown for 1,173 yards and seven touchdowns this season while also rushing for 638 yards and 19 scores.
In terms of Injuries, Georgia Tech punter Sean Poole is questionable for the game with a collarbone injury. USC cornerback Nickell Robey is questionable with a shoulder injury while tight end Christian Thomas is questionable with a hip injury.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing USC. The Trojans are getting 55% of the wagers with odds of -7.5 points against Georgia Tech on Monday.