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USC Trojans vs. BYU Cougars NCAAF Week 3 Betting Analysis & Odds

Posted by: Charlie Smith
USC Trojans Vs. BYU Cougars NCAAF Betting Picks, odds, picks and game preview

At the onset of the season, USC head coach Clay Helton had the hottest seat in the land. And when quarterback JT Daniels was lost for the season after getting hurt on opening day Helton was thought to be toast. But freshman phenom Kedon Slovis shined in a major NCAA football betting win over Stanford last week. All of a sudden, the Men of Troy are being touted as a potential contender in the Pac 12 South. In the same way, BYU recovered from a week one loss to win at Tennessee in an overtime thriller.

USC Trojans Vs. BYU Cougars

When: Saturday, September 14, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
TV: ABC
Stream: Check Listings
USC Trojans Vs. BYU Cougars Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
USC Trojans -5 (-110) -200
BYU Cougars +5 (-110) +170
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USC Trojans

Now USC is a much more attractive team at 2-0 straight up, 1-1 vs. line, and 2-0 over the total. The Men of Troy took apart Stanford in a 45-20 home payout that impressed all. In his first start, the freshman Slovis responded with 377 yards and three touchdowns passing. What was looking like a lost season now looks like a potential championship year. Consider how Helton had to change the entire offense and now implement a freshman emergency starter. In turn, the Trojans are nowhere near out of the woods but things are looking much better than they were a week ago.

Players to Watch: QB Kedon Slovis (83% COMP, 434 YDS, 10.6 AVG, 3 TD, 1 INT, 191.1 RTG), RB Vavae Malepeai (35 RSH, 176 YDS, 5.0 YPC, 3 TD, 4 REC, 14 YDS, 3.5 YPC, 0 TD), WR Tyler Vaughns (16 REC, 256 YDS, 16.0 YPC, 1 TD), Amon Ra St. Brown (13 REC, 135 YDS, 10.4 YPC, 2 TD), WR Michael Pittman Jr (12 REC, 110 YDS, 9.2 AVG, 0 TD)

BYU Cougars

Following their week one home loss to hated Utah in the Holy War, BYU was written off for dead. Furthermore, the Cougars trailed at Tennessee late in the fourth last Saturday. BYU tied the game with a second to play which forced overtime. Ty’son Williams five-yard touchdown run won the game and money on Rocky Top. As a result, BYU is 1-1 straight up and vs. the odds with 1-1 on totals. Although the Cougars metrics are not good the proved their mental toughness at Tennessee. So too will they be more confident for this high-profile matchup.

Players to Watch: QB Zach Wilson (440 YDS, 64.5% COMP, 7.1 AVG, 1 TD, 2 INT, 123.0 RTG, 14 RSH, 37 YDS, 2.6 YPC), RB Ty’Son Williams (24 ATT, 137 YDS, 5.7 YPC, 3 TD), WR Michah Simon (10 REC, 162 YDS, 16.2 YPC, 0 TD), PK Jake Oldroyd (2-2 XP, 5-5 FG)

USC Trojans vs. BYU Cougars Betting Numbers

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USC Trojans

4-7 ATS in their last 11 away tilts
3-4 under the total on the road
4-6 ATS against Independent teams
3-5-1 under the total vs. Independent schools
3-6 on the board on the road against Independent teams
3-4 under the total on the road against Independents
In their only previous visit to BYU, the Trojans won and covered

BYU Cougars

5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games
3-7 under the total at Lavell Edwards Stadium
2-4 ATS in their last six games with Pac 12 Conference teams
2-9 under the total in their last 11 matchups with the Pac 12
1-5 vs. the odds in their last six home games against Pac 12 schools
2-7 under the total at LaVell Edwards Stadium vs. Pac 12 squads
Against USC the Cougars are 1-1 ATS with zero under.

USC Trojans vs. BYU Cougars Betting Picks

On this occasion, we have a much more appealing mobile betting matchup than what was originally anticipated. On the whole, USC has better and deeper talent.

Score Prediction: USC Trojans 27, BYU Cougars 21