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College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

September 23, 2023


The #5-ranked and 3-0 USC Trojans will travel to take on the 1-2 Arizona State Sun Devils in a battle in the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season. 

The USC Trojans enter this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the San Jose State Spartans by a score of 56-28, the Nevada Wolfpack by a score of 66-14, and the Stanford Cardinals by a score of 56-10 while the Arizona State Sun Devils enter this game with a record of 1-2 following a win at home against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds by a score of 24-21 and losses at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a score of 15-27 and the Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 0-29. Will the USC Trojans win in a rout on the road or will the Sun Devils keep the game closer than expected? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The USC Trojans enter this game ranked 5th in the AP Poll and 5th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 56-10 win at home against the Stanford Cardinals while covering the 28.5-point spread in week 2 of the college football season. USC scored 56 points while compiling 573 total yards offensively which included 393 passing yards and 180 rushing yards while allowing 10 points and 349 total yards defensively which included 140 passing yards and 209 rushing yards. Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 19 of 22 attempts for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Miller Moss led the team in rushing with one carry for 15 yards and a touchdown. Tahj Washington led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 73 yards.

Arizona State enters this game with a record of 1-2 following a 0-29 loss at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs while failing to cover the 4-point spread as a home underdog in week 3 of the college football season. The Sun Devils failed to score a point while compiling 230 total yards offensively which included 188 passing yards and 42 rushing yards while allowing 350 total yards defensively which included 281 passing yards and 69 rushing yards. Jacob Conover led the team in passing, completing 6 of 16 attempts for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Kyson Brown led the team in rushing with five carries for 23 yards while adding two receptions for 30 yards. Bryce Pierre led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 35 yards. 

BookMaker has the USC Trojans listed as 34.5-point favorites on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday night in week 4 of the NFL season. USC has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games while the Sun Devils are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. USC is 2-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Arizona State Sun Devils are 0-3 ATS overall, 0-3 ATS at home, and 0-2 ATS as an underdog this season.

USC is the superior team in terms of talent and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. However, the Sun Devils have been the better team at covering the spread in the series, going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three matchups. I look for that trend to continue in this game which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Arizona State Sun Devils +35 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season.

Spooky Express Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +35