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College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans vs. Utah Utes

October 21, 2023


The prime time spot on Saturday night on Fox will feature two Top 25 teams in the Pac-12 when the 14th-ranked Utah Utes travel to Los Angeles, California to face the 18th-ranked USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the game airing at 8:00 PM ET.

The Utah Utes enter this game ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 14th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-1 following a 34-14 win at home against the Cal Bears while covering the 9.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 7 of the college football season. Utah scored 34 points while compiling a total of 445 yards offensively which included 128 passing yards and 317 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 254 total yards defensively which included 188 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Bryson Barnes led the team in passing, completing 15 of 21 attempts for 128 yards while rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown. Sione Vaki led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Mikey Matthews led the team in receiving, catching all seven targets for 53 yards.

USC enters this game ranked 18th in the AP Poll and 16th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 6-1 following a 20-48 loss on the road against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a road underdog in week 7 of the college football season. The Trojans scored 20 points while compiling a total of 306 yards offensively which included 203 passing yards and 103 rushing yards while allowing 48 points and 251 total yards defensively which included 126 passing yards and 125 rushing yards. Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 23 of 37 attempts for 203 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. MarShawn Lloyd led the team in rushing with eight carries for 46 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for a yard. Michael Jackson III led the team in receiving, catching all six targets for 51 yards.

BookMaker has the USC Trojans listed as 7-point favorites at home against the Utah Utes on Saturday evening in week 8 of the college football season. Utah has won six of the last ten including the previous three meetings in a row while winning by an average margin of 1.8 points per game over the last ten and 13.33 points per game over the last three games in the series. The Utes are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. The Utah Utes are 3-2-1 ATS overall, 0-1-1 ATS on the road, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-1 ATS in conference games this season while the USC Trojans are 2-5 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS at home, 2-4 ATS as a favorite, and 1-3 ATS in conference games on the year.

Utah has been a thorn in the heel of the USC Trojans over the past few meetings in the series including last year’s Pac-12 Championship game in which the Utes ended USC’s National Championship aspirations. The Utes have won six of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings and have been the better team this season at covering the spread going 3-2-1 ATS overall while the Trojans are 2-5 ATS overall. Take the Utes with the points when they travel to face the USC Trojans on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Utah Utes +7