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College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans vs. Arizona Wildcats

October 7, 2023


The Arizona Wildcats have been below-average offensively this season as they enter this game averaging 27.6 points per game while the USC Trojans are one of the best teams in college football and are the highest-scoring team in college football this year. Will the Wildcats be able to keep pace with the USC Trojans when they travel to the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California or will the Trojans win in a rout at home on Saturday night in week 6 of the college football season? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Arizona Wildcats enter this game with a record of 3-2 following a 24-31 loss at home against the Washington Huskies while covering the 19.5-point spread as a home underdog in week 5 of the college football season. Arizona scored 24 points while compiling a total of 342 total yards offensively which included 232 passing yards and 110 rushing yards while allowing 31 points and 474 total yards defensively which included 363 passing yards and 111 rushing yards. Noah Fifita led the team in passing, completing 27 of 39 attempts for 232 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 19 yards. Jonah Coleman led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 44 yards while adding three receptions for 51 yards. Jacob Cowing led the team in receiving, catching eight of 12 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.

USC enters this game ranked 9th in the AP Poll and 7th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-0 following a 48-41 win on the road against the Colorado Buffaloes while failing to cover the 22.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 5 of the college football season. The Trojans scored 48 points while compiling a total of 498 yards offensively which included 403 passing yards and 95 rushing yards while allowing 41 points and 564 total yards defensively which included 371 passing yards and 193 rushing yards. Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 30 of 40 attempts for 403 yards with six touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 12 yards. MarShawn Lloyd led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for 12 yards. Tahj Washington led the team in receiving, catching eight of nine targets for 117 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the USC Trojans listed as 22-point favorites at home against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday night in week 6 of the college football season. USC has won the previous ten matchups while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten games in the series, however, the Wildcats have gone 3-0 ATS in the last three contests. Arizona is 4-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS on the road, 2-0 ATS as an underdog, and 1-1 ATS in conference games while the USC Trojans are 2-3 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS at home, 2-3 ATS as a favorite, and 1-2 ATS in conference games on the year.

USC is the superior team in terms of talent this season and has been the dominant team in the series, winning the last ten games in a row. However, the Wildcats have been the better team at covering the spread most recently in the series, going 3-0 ATS in the last three matchups, and have been the better team at covering the spread this season going 4-1 ATS overall while the Trojans are 2-3 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Arizona Wildcats +22 on the road against the USC Trojans on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Arizona Wildcats +22