Utah vs. USC Prediction
It’s a big Pac-12 game this evening when No. 10 Utah goes on the road to face USC at 9PM ET. Who will come away with the win?
Game Snapshot & Odds
305 Utah vs. 306 USC
Friday, September 20, 2019
9PM ET – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Utah is favored on the road, as the Utes are getting odds of -3.5 points against USC. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52.5 points. The public betting currently has 74 percent going on Utah 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.
USC upset by BYU
USC suffered its first loss of the season last Saturday in a 30-27 OT road loss against BYU. The Trojans are 2-1 on the year, including a 45-20 win over Stanford in its lone Pac-12 contest. USC is just 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 with the over.
The Trojans have been much improved on offense compared to last season, averaging 34.3 points and 463.7 yards per game through three games. The defense is allowing 24.3 points and 409 yards per contest. Kedon Slovis has looked okay in place of the injured JT Daniels at QB. Slovis has thrown for 715 yards and five touchdowns, but also has four interceptions. Tyler Vaughns is the leading receiver with 23 catches for 321 yards and a touchdown while Vavae Malepeai is the leading rusher with 272 yards and four touchdowns.
Utes looking strong
Utah is off to a 3-0 start to the season thanks to a 31-0 win over Idaho State last weekend. The Utes are just 2-1 against the spread through three games while going 2-1 with the under.
The Utes have had a great defensive performance in 2019, allowing just 9.7 points and 239.3 yards per game thus far. Utah hasn’t faced great competition, but the numbers are still solid. Offensively, Utah is putting up 32 points and 439.3 yards per game. Zack Moss has been leading the offense with 373 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Huntley has thrown for 602 yards and four touchdowns while Bryan Thompson has four catches for 171 yards and two scores. Devin Lloyd is leading the defense with 24 tackles and two sacks.
College Football Betting Trends
USC is just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in September.
The Utes are 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 road games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games on grass.
Utah has covered the spread in three straight and four of the last five against USC. The Trojans will be able to put up a fight at home tonight, but I think Utah’s defense will be the story. The Utes were able to lock up BYU in Provo, while USC wasn’t able to do the same. The Utes have the ability to score and then their defense can hold down USC. Slovis will be facing the toughest defense he has seen yet and that is likely to lead to some mistakes and turnovers.
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