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College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans vs. California Golden Bears

October 28, 2023


A pair of Pac-12 rivals will face each other on Saturday afternoon in week 9 of the college football season when the 24th-ranked USC Trojans travel to Berkeley, California to face the Cal Bears at California Memorial Stadium with the game airing at 4:00 PM ET on the Pac-12 Network.

The USC Trojans enter this game ranked 24th in the AP Poll and 22nd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 6-2 and are on a two-game losing streak following a 32-34 loss at home against the Utah Utes while failing to cover the 7.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 8 of the college football season. USC scored 32 points while compiling a total of 401 yards offensively which included 256 passing yards and 145 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 483 total yards defensively which included 235 passing yards and 248 rushing yards. 

Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 24 of 34 attempts for 256 yards while adding 27 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts. MarShawn Lloyd led the team in rushing with seven carries for 86 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for five yards. Tahj Washington led the team in receiving, catching five of seven targets for 112 yards.

Cal enters this game with a record of 3-4 and is on a two-game losing streak following a 14-34 loss on the road against the Utah Utes while failing to cover the 9.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 7 of the college football season. The Bears scored 14 points while compiling a total of 254 yards offensively which included 188 passing yards and 66 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 445 total yards defensively which included 128 passing yards and 317 rushing yards. 

Fernando Mendoza led the team in passing, completing 10 of 17 attempts for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while adding 12 rushing yards on seven attempts. Jaydn Ott led the team in rushing with eight carries for 46 yards while adding two receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown. Taj Davis led the team in receiving, catching seven of 11 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the USC Trojans listed as 10.5-point favorites on the road against the Cal Bears on Saturday afternoon in week 9 of the college football season. USC has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten and the Bears are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The USC Trojans are 2-6 ATS overall, 0-3 ATS on the road, 2-5 ATS as a favorite, and 1-4 ATS in conference games this season while the Cal Bears are 2-5 ATS overall, 1-3 ATS at home, 1-3 ATS as an underdog, and 0-4 ATS in conference games on the year.

USC is the more talented team and enters this game with a better record as they enter this game with a record of 6-2 while Cal enters this game with a record of 3-4 and has struggled in the series against the Trojans having lost eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Bears have not covered the spread in any of their conference games going 0-4 ATS on the year. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the USC Trojans when they travel to face the Cal Bears in week 9 of the college football season.

Spooky Express Pick: USC Trojans -10