USC vs. Utah Prediction

College Football Week 4 Predictions: USC vs. Utah 9/23/16

Will Utah stay unbeaten on the season with a win tonight over USC at 9:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Utes are 3-point home favorites versus the Trojans after opening as a 1.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number opened at 46.5 and that's where it currently sits at the majority of sports books both online and in Vegas.

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USC: Redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne is already indicating that a transfer is probable after the close of the 2016 season. Clay Helton named Sam Darnold the starter for tonight's game against Utah after Browne was ineffective in the Trojans' first three games. Browne threw for just 292 combined yards and no touchdowns in blowout losses to Alabama and Stanford. Instead of competing to get his job back, it appears the former five-star recruit would rather bail on the program and seek opportunities elsewhere.

UTAH: Pro Football Focus shared rave reviews on junior safety Marcus Williams earlier this week. The site had Williams as their top-ranked safety to start the season, as the junior has racked up two interceptions, two passes defensed, has forced a fumble with a recovery and has yet to miss a tackle on 16 attempts. "Last season he took a step forward in coverage, and that continued development is crucial for his draft stock," Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo wrote. "Williams is another case of the competition level heating up in the coming weeks, but he’s caught the eye with his playmaking ability through three games."

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OUR PREDICTION: Perhaps the change at quarterback will jumpstart a USC offense that hasn't clicked since the season got underway. The Trojans are 29-11 against the spread in their last 40 games following a straight up loss, which includes a 1-0 record this season when USC covered versus Utah State following its ugly loss to Alabama in the season-opener. Utah, meanwhile, is 1-5 against the spread in its last six home games and 1-5 ATS in its last six conference games.



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