Utah Utes Vs. USC Trojans College Football Betting Line and Trends
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
At the onset of the Pac 12 season, Utah was the clear-cut choice to repeat as South Division champions. Head coach Kyle Whittingham’s team has fulfilled those NCAA football betting expectations to date with a strong start. By contrast, the USC Trojans were one of the biggest question marks in the country. Head coach Clay Helton was on one of the hottest seats in the country. And after last week’s loss at BYU combined with the resignation of Athletic Director Lynn Swann the heat is increasing. Saturday’s home game against the Utes will not ease pressure at USC.
Utah Utes Vs. USC Trojans
To begin with, Utah is 3-0 straight up, 1-2 against the spread, and 1-2 under the total. Utah is coming off a 31-0 shutout over Idaho State as 36.5-point home overlays. Specifically, the defense is the bedrock of Kyle Whittingham’s program. And Utah has one of the best stop units in the country. To show, Utah is ranked eighth overall nationally and sixth for points allowed. Idaho State was decimated by the Utes in total yards 116 to 543. Quarterback Tyler Huntley has emerged as one of the most complete in the Pac 12. Utah boasts a balanced attack.
Players to Watch: QB Tyler Huntley (320 YDS, 77% COMP, 9.1 AVG, 1 TD, 163.4 RTG, 11 RSH, 77 YDS, 7.0 YPC, 1 TD), RB Zack Moss (47 RSH, 267 YDS, 5.7 YPC, 3 TD), WR Bryan Thompson (2 REC, 66 YDS, 33.0 YPC, 0 TD), TE Brant Kuithe (7 REC, 143 YDS, 20.4 YPC, 1 TD), WR Jaylen Dixon (8 REC, 92 YDS, 11.5 YPC, 1 TD), WR Britain Covey (7 REC, 70 YDS, 10.0 YPC, 0 TD), WR Demari Simpkins (6 REC, 57 YDS, 9.5 YPC, 0 TD)
Last week USC blew a 24-17 fourth-quarter lead in a 30-27 overtime loss at BYU. The Men of Troy made too many dumb mistakes in their defeat. All of which pointed to a team that was not well-coached. Namely freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis struggled after a brilliant debut a week prior. Slovis was intercepted three times at BYU.
Players to Watch: QB Kedon Slovis (715 YDS, 77% COMP, 9.5 AVG, 5 TD, 4 INT, 168.7 RTG), RB Vavae Malepeai (58 RSH, 272 YDS, 4.7 YPC, 4 TD, 7 REC, 42 YDS, 6.0 YPC, 0 TD), RB Stephen Carr (21 YDS, 111 YDS, 5.3 YPC, 2 TD, 10 REC, 75 YDS, 7.5 YPC, 1 TD), WR Tyler Vaughns (23 REC, 321 YDS, 14.0 AVG, 1 TD), WR Michael Pittman Jr (21 REC, 205 YDS, 9.8 YPC, 2 TD), WR Amon Ra St Brown (14 REC, 139 YDS, 9.9 YPC, 2 TD), PK Chase McGrath (13-13 XP, 4-4 FG)
Utah Utes vs. USC Trojans Betting Numbers
11-4 ATS in their last 15 away matchups
4-9 vs. the odds in their last 13 home games
Utah Utes vs. USC Trojans Betting Picks
On this occasion, Utah is the vastly better mobile betting choice. More emphatically they are vastly superior in talent and coaching.
Score Prediction: Utah Utes 38, USC Trojans 27