Utah State vs USC College Football Betting Analysis

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 7, 2016 in

Before you jump on the Utah State upset bandwagon, take a look at our preview. College football betting is one of the more mercurial forms of sports betting, but there are also times when it’s wise to follow some conventional wisdom. Yes, Alabama demolished USC last week, but the Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team in the nation for a reason. Utah State is an opponent on a much different level — and you should expect to see USC ready to take out some frustration on their Week 2 rivals. Take a look at your college football betting lines for the whole week’s action.

Utah State vs USC College Football Odds & Betting Analysis

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2:00pm ET
Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: USC Trojans Radio Network
Live Stream: Pac-12 Networks Live
NCAAF Odds: USC (-16.5), O/U Total 59.5

Why should you bet on the Trojans?

 

USC has never lost to Utah State, winning all five meetings, and they have won by an aggregate score of 230-43, delivering an average margin of victory of 37 points. Given how thoroughly that 52-6 loss embarrassed the Trojans, I like them to come out with their guns firing, as quarterback Max Browne will prepare to overcome a three-sack night to stay up and the pocket and find wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster down the field for some big games. Ronald Jones II will also look for some big gains on the ground after he was held to just 50 yards against Alabama. Don’t forget Adoree’ Jackson, the two-way threat who makes big plays for both the offense and the defense.

 

Why should you put your money on Utah State?

 

The Aggies did run wild on Weber State last week, as Devante Mays picked up 213 yards on just 18 carries, including a 66-yard scamper for a score that was the longest run of his career. LaJuan Hunt will get some touches too, when Mays needs a break, but if the Aggies are going to push the envelope, they need a big day out of quarterback Kent Myers, who went 11 for 17 last week — but just gained 100 yards. He also ran for 58 yards, but USC will stop the run if Utah State can’t develop a more multidimensional attack.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

 

USC has the better group on offense, defense and special teams. Michael Hutchings, an anchor of the USC defensive line, will get his share of sacks and tackles of loss, and he will keep Mays guessing all day long. On special teams, Jackson could get a big score (or even two) on returns for the Trojans. I’m predicting a 44-17 USC victory.