USC vs Utah Odds, Pick & Prediction 9-23-2016 – Sports Picks Forum
USC Trojans (1-2) vs Utah Utes (3-0)
Pac 12 Friday Night Football
When: 9pm ET, Friday, September 23, 2016
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Betting Spread: Utah -3
Once again the USC program is on the hot seat after starting the season (1-2) with losses to Alabama and Stanford., two top 10 ranked football teams. USC now faces #23 Utah on the road which means their schedule isn’t getting any easier. USC vs Utah Odds, Pick & Prediction below provided by Sports Picks Forum.
A pair of road games against top ranked teams in Alabama and Stanford have given way to USC scoring just 16 points while conceding 79 points.
USC will try to find the form here on the road that they had in their 45-7 win over Utah State in Week 2. The Trojans racked up 422 yards of offense and controlled the tempo from the start. The Trojans have really lacked the explosive plays from their offense and this is exactly what USC will need to beat Utah.
The USC offense is averaging 20.3 points per game 119.7 rushing yards per game and 203.3 passing yards per game. The USC defense is giving up 28.7 points per game with 195.3 rushing yards per game and 178.7 passing yards per game.
Utah likes to control the clock and do so by pounding the rock. Utah shutout Southern Utah in the season opener, squeaked one out against BYU, and then went on the road and took down San Jose State. The level of competition hasn’t been on par with USC schedule thus far, nevertheless, they are undefeated and ranked in the top 25.
The Utah offense is averaging 26 points per game with 169.3 rushing yards per game and 249 passing yards per game. QB Troy Williams is completing 62.8% of his passes for 723 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for the Utes.
The Utah defense is giving up 12 points per game with 105 rushing yards and 158.7 passing yards per game. They are currently ranked 13th in the nation with just 263.7 yards against. Utah has a stout defense that they will rely heavily on this season and especially on Friday night.
College Football Betting Trends
- Trojans are 29-11 ATS in their last 40 games following a straight up loss
- Trojans are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- Utes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Utes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Utes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games
USC vs Utah Odds, Pick & Prediction
This is an interesting matchup as the Utes are a very good team with a solid defense but the USC Trojans are going to play desperate football. USC needs a win badly to stay afloat in the Pac 12 and see if they can turn this season around. A win on Friday night will help calm the nerves for now. Take the road Dog and look for USC to keep this one close and pull out a much needed road win.
USC vs Utah Pick: USC +3