USC vs. BYU Prediction
After a big win last weekend, will No. 24 USC avoid a letdown performance on the road when the Trojans take on BYU today at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
143 USC vs. 144 BYU
Saturday, September 14, 2019
3:30PM ET – LaVell Edwards Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, USC is the slight favorite on the road, as they Trojans are getting odds of -4 points against BYU. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56.5 points. The public betting currently has 66 percent going on USC as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
BYU finds a way past Tennessee
BYU lost its season opener at home to Utah, but bounced back last week with an OT win over Tennessee in dramatic fashion, 29-26. The Cougars are 1-1 against the spread on the year and 1-1 with the over/under total.
The Cougars are struggling on offense this season, averaging just 20.5 points and 319.5 yards per game. Their defense hasn’t been able to lock up teams either, giving up 28 points and 393 yards per game. Quarterback Zach Wilson is leading the team with 440 passing yards and a TD with two INT’s. Ty’Son Williams is the leading rusher with 137 yards and three touchdowns while Micah Simon has 10 catches for 162 yards.
USC rolls past Stanford
After struggling at home with Fresno State in the season opener, USC picked up a big 45-20 win over ranked Stanford last week to move to 2-0 on the year. The Trojans are 1-1 against the spread while going 2-0 with the over.
The Trojans are putting up 38 points and 469.5 yards per game on offense through two games while giving up just 21.5 points and 398.5 yards per contest on defense. The team lost starting QB J.T. Daniels for the season due to a knee injury in the opener, but Kedon Slovis is playing well in his place. He has thrown for 434 yards and three touchdowns on 34 of 41 passing. Tyler Vaughns is the leading receiver with 16 catches for 256 yards and a TD while Vavae Malepeai is the leading rusher with 176 yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
BYU has covered in six of its last seven overall and in four of its last five against a winning team.
The Trojans are just 1-8 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games in September.
USC looked impressive last week, but the Trojans have a long way to go to prove they are returning to old form. Consistency will be important and we haven’t seen that yet. Going on the road for the first time will pose a big challenges, especially against a BYU team that is coming off a big road win. The Trojans have a freshman quarterback playing against a good defense in a tough environment and I think that will lead to some big mistakes. The Cougars are going to find a way to keep this game close, if not win outright. I think this comes down to the final minute, so I will go with BYU and the points at home.
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