USC fans circled this game on their calendars before the beginning of the season. The reason that USC fans circled the game was probably because they thought they could skip this Saturday matchup and instead take the family to Disneyland.
Utah wasn’t supposed to be as good as USC this season. The Utes are actually better than the Trojans, which means that USC fans are going to show up and hope that their beleaguered program can put a stop to the Utah machine that’s tearing up the Pac 12 in 2015. Can the Utes win a significant game on the road against a proud, hungry, opponent?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The #3
Utah Utes Vs USC Trojans College Football Week 8 Spread
What: No. 3 Utah Utes (6-0) at USC Trojans (3-3)
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Weather: 83° F | Passing Clouds
Spread: USC -3.5
Moneyline: Utah +150 vs USC -170
Game Total: 59
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Utah vs USC
Why Bet On #3 Utah to Beat USC (-3.5)
The Utes are the top team in the Pac-12 South and the only undefeated team remaining in the conference.
The reason that Utah is ranked third in the nation and have gone undefeated so far is because they have the best defense in the pass happy, high scoring, Pac 12 Conference. Utah is able to control the clock with a rushing attack that goes for 192.5 yards per game.
QB Travis Wilson isn’t flashy. He’s a game manager that prefers to use the clock to ensure that the Utes exceptional defense is well-rested. Utah scores, but they score knowing that the key to winning is to have a fresh defense in the fourth quarter. That’s how the Utes’ D was able to hold California to only 24 points when the Golden Bears usually average 40.2 points per game.
Utah’s defense allows 369.5 yards per game on average. That’s exceptional considering the spread offenses that Utah faces week in and week out in the Pac. Opponents average only 19.5 points per game versus Utah. If the Utes’ offense helps the defense keep its legs until well into the fourth quarter, Utah will beat USC in this.
Why Bet On USC (-3.5) to Beat #3 Utah
Mock NFL drafts have USC as the top drafted program in the nation.
Although the scoreboard ended up Notre Dame 41 and USC 31 last Saturday, the Trojans provided one of its best performances on the football field in a long time. USC played with passion and heart.
USC responded like champions after being down 24 to 7 in South Bend. The Trojans tied the game before running out of gas and yielding 17 points to Notre Dame in the fourth quarter. USC’s offense outgained Notre Dame’s offense 590 to 476. The Trojans rushed for 150 yards and a 5.0 per carry average.
The Trojans held a 31 to 24 lead after the third quarter. It was the debilitating fourth quarter that cost the Trojans the game last Saturday. If USC comes out against Utah with the same fire, the Trojans could definitely pull off the upset. That’s the play. The game should be close, but USC is too talented of a football team to fall to Utah at home. My final score prediction is USC 28, Utah 24.