Top-seeded Alabama begins its quest for a second straight National Championship by battling Pac-12 powerhouse USC on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game takes place at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Kick-off is at 8:00 pm ET.
Alabama went 8 and 7 against the spread on their way to the title. USC went 6 and 8 ATS last season. This includes losing 21 to 23 to Wisconsin in their bowl game as a -3.5 point favorite.
#20 USC Trojans Vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Line & Expert Pick
The college football week 1 betting line opened with Alabama as a 10-point favorite to beat USC. If you are betting the money line, USC pays $325 on $100 while Bama pays $100 on $400 wagered. The over/under is 54 points.
What: No. 20 USC Trojans (0-0) at No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Arlington, TX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Spread: Alabama -11
Moneyline: USC +325 vs Alabama -400
Game Total: 54
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Listen: USC vs Alabama
Why Bet on USC at +11
USC has had a full off-season to settle things. The Trojans went through some major changes in 2015 after Coach Steve Sarkisian left due to personal problems. In stepped coordinator Clay Helton. Helton won the job by guiding USC to an 8 and 6 overall record. Beating UCLA in the annual rivalry game helped.
Now that the Trojans have had an entire off-season to straighten things out, Helton and his team should be ready to rumble against the top team in the nation.
Why Bet on Alabama at -11
Alabama’s defense could end up being one of the best ever. The defense allowed an average of only 8 points per game last season. DT Jonathan Allen returns. So does excellent linebacker Rueben Foster. The secondary, even with Cyrus Jones playing safety, was young last season. Jones is in the NFL but the rest of the secondary is talented and experienced.
USC vs Bama Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Former National High School Player of the Year QB Max Brown finally gets his shot at USC. Brown has all of the tools to be a Heisman Trophy winner this season. He also has all of the players around him to win the Heisman. The Trojans return every player on the offensive line. That makes USC the team to beat in the Pac-12.
But is it enough to put a scare into Alabama? The answer is “yes”. USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast returns. Pendergast has a lot to work with on the defense. Although the defense is inexperienced it’s talented.
Alabama’s offense is going to take a couple of games to get into a rhythm. The Crimson Tide has to replace players along the offensive line as well as at RB and at QB. Alabama should win. But it won’t be easy.