The USC Trojans look for their first winning streak of an up-and-down season when they play host to the Utah Utes in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday night.
USC is coming off a 37-14 win at Colorado last weekend, its fifth straight game of alternating wins and losses. Utah is also hoping to win two in a row for the first time and had a bye following a 24-13 home win over Washington State on Sept. 25. As you prepare to bet online on this contest, we’ll give you a closer look at the college football odds set for this game to try to help you make some winning wagers.
|Game: Utah Utes (2-2, 1-0) at USC Trojans (3-2, 2-2)
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Time: 8 p.m. ET
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These two now-conference rivals have been tangling since 1915, though there was a gap in there — from 1948 to 2001 — as they’ve only played 18 total times. USC has a two-game winning streak in the rivalry, including a 33-17 road victory in 2020.
The Trojans are 9-1 against the Utes in California, with the only Utah victory in Los Angeles coming in 1916.
Next game: vs. Arizona State
After falling behind 13-7 early in the third quarter against visiting Washington State, Utah scored the final 17 points to win going away, 24-13. The Utes got a 20-yard run from T.J. Pledger and a 54-yard interception return from Clark Phillips III in the final 4:43 to turn the game into a blowout.
Utah started slow, managing just 96 yards of offense in the first half, but it turned it around after halftime, producing 254 yards of offense, including 143 on the ground. Pledger had 99 of his 117 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, including a career-best 59-yard scamper.
Quarterback Cameron Rising was 13 of 23 for 137 yards in his first game as the full-time signal-caller for the Utes.
Despite the late surge, the Utes failed to cover the 15-point spread they were favored by. Utah is 0-4 against the spread this season.
Next game: at Notre Dame
The Trojans started quick against Colorado and never looked back, building a 20-0 lead in the second quarter and eventually winning 37-14. USC looked nothing like it did in a disappointing loss to Oregon State the previous week.
Quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 19 of 29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns, hooking up with Drake London nine times for 130 yards and a score. Tight end Michael Trigg had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.
The USC running game was solid as well, led by Keaontay Ingram’s 124 yards on 14 carries and Darwin Barlow’s 61 yards on 10 attempts. The Trojans more than doubled the Buffaloes in total yards, 494-242.
Just as USC has alternated straight-up wins and losses, it has also alternated wins and losses against the spread. The Trojans were favored by nine points against Colorado.
Betting on the Game
It will be interesting to see how the Utes play in their first game since the shooting death of safety Aaron Lowe, who was killed at a postgame party following the team’s victory over Washington State on Sept. 26. It’s the second time in nine months that Utah has had to deal with the death of a player, after running back Ty Jordan was the victim of an accidental shooting in December 2020.
The Utes are hoping to be inspired and honor the memory of Lowe with a solid effort, but the emotions of the past two weeks could be difficult once they hit the field, especially early on. Utah can only play on emotion for so long, but getting off to a fast start could help push the team through to a victory.
USC has had its own adversity, though nothing like a death on the team. The Trojans are hoping to start a drive to a bowl berth after switching coaches early on in the campaign.
A 2½-point margin basically accounts for the Trojans being at home, meaning oddsmakers see these two teams as even. That home-field advantage could be the difference in this one.
With such a small point spread, it might be worth it to bet the moneyline unless you believe you need the points when betting on the Utes. If your college football picks include the Trojans winning a close game, the moneyline will give you a little more winnings.
As pointed out earlier, when these teams play in Los Angeles more often than not, the Trojans come out on top. If you want to follow that trend, the moneyline might be the wager for you.
Both of these Pac-12 teams can put points on the board, and neither is especially strong defensively. With that in mind, betting on a high-scoring affair may be the way to go. It’s not a stretch to think this one could see both teams reaching the 30s, which would easily cover the over/under. If Slovis can get his rhythm early on, the Trojans will light up the scoreboard, so taking the over is probably the way to go.
Final Score: USC Trojans 31, Utah Utes 24