Trojans Heavy Sports Wagering Favorites in 2017 Opener
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
College football betting continues this week with eye-catching matches throughout the week. Saturday’s action will be the most diverse, with a total of 13 different sports wagering matchups for fans to choose from. With such a range of games to choose from, bettors will have their pick of their favorite line.
One matchup that is drawing a considerable amount of attraction is this Saturday’s contest pitting the Western Michigan Broncos against the USC Trojans. Let’s take a look at what kind of sportsbook odds the reigning Mid-American Conference champions are facing this upcoming weekend.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. USC Trojans – Saturday, Sept. 2nd
When: 5:15 pm ET
Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Western Michigan Broncos +26 ½ (-110) 58 (-110) +2500
USC Trojans -26 ½ (-110) 58 (-110) -5000
Western Michigan Broncos
The Western Michigan Broncos found plenty of success in 2016. The program managed to mount a 13 game win streak that ran all the way up to the Mid-American Conference championship match. The Broncos would end up finishing the season with a 13-1 (8-0 in MAC play) and a 1st place ranking in the West Division. Once in the MAC title match, Western Michigan would struggle against the unranked Ohio Bobcats but would manage to pull out a 29-23 victory in the 4th. Despite the season-long success, the Broncos would fail to finish 2016 undefeated. Western Michigan received an invitation to the Cotton Bowl Classic where they faced No. 8 Wisconsin and had their undefeated season promptly ruined 24-16.
PJ Fleck, who led the Broncos last season, decided to take up the head coaching position over at the University of Minnesota. In his place Western Michigan has decided to bring in Tim Lester, a former NCAA quarterback who played for the Broncos. Lester will be joined by co-offensive coordinators Kevin Johns and Jake Moreland as well as co-defensive coordinators Tim Daoust and Lou Espito. All 4 of them are in their 1st year at their respective positions. Western Michigan enters the 2017 season unranked.
In Clay Helton’s 1st season as the Trojans’ head coach, USC managed to post a very impressive 10-3 record. The Trojans would go on to post a 7-2 record in Pac-12 play, earning a 2nd place finish in the South Division. Despite failing to receive the nod to the Pac-12 championship match, USC did earn a ticket to the Rose Bowl – the granddaddy of them all, where they triumphed over No. 5 Penn State 52-49. USC finished the 2016 season riding a 9 game win streak as well as a No. 3 nationwide ranking.
Clay Helton will return in his second season as head coach for the Trojans. Tee Martin makes his return at offensive coordinator, his third season with the program. Likewise, Clancy Pendergast, who is also in his third season in his position, will be returning as defensive coordinator.
The Trojans come into this game as heavy college football betting favorite, but it would not be the worst idea to bet against them.