Utah and USC take the field for the second time this season after the Utes beat the Trojans 43-42 in Week 6. USC has a chance to make the CFP top 4 with a win, but Utah already beat the Trojans once and would love to spoil their chances at a potential national title.
Utes Look To Defend Pac-12 Title
The Utes head to the Pac-12 title game for the fourth time in the last five seasons. In 2021 Utah defeated the Oregon Ducks 38-10 for their first Pac-12 championship game title and just the second to come out of the South division.
While Utah’s straight-up record is solid, they have not been too convincing against the spread lately. After starting at 4-1 ATS through five weeks, the Utes followed up with a 3-4 ATS record to close the season over the last seven weeks.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I really like Utah to make it two in a row over USC this season and three in a row overall.
Quarterback Cameron Rising was phenomenal in the first game, with 415 yards and two touchdowns.
Rising is in a good spot to beat USC twice in a row. He had a solid game last week against Colorado with 234 yards and three touchdowns. Utah won by 42, so Rising didn’t have a ton of work that needed doing and let the rushing game put in the snaps.
What Rising really needs to do here is limit turnovers. He has four in the last three weeks, but three turnovers against Oregon were a bit fluky. Tipped balls and all that. Even with that terrible outcome, Rising still has seven interceptions on the season.
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USC’s CFP Hopes Still Alive
USC will be on the hunt for revenge after the loss to Utah earlier in the season just about sealed the Trojans’ hopes of making the CFP. There is still a shot, but the loss to Utah did not help matters. Caleb Williams had a bonkers game with 381 and five touchdowns, but the USC defense could not keep up with Utah and Rising.
As is the case with Utah, USC started the season with a solid 3-0 record against the spread but finished the season with a 3-2 record ATS. They did cover their final three games of the year. But there have been ups and downs.
One major difference between the previous matchup between USC and Utah will be the absence of Trojans’ RB Travis Dye. Dye was knocked out for the season against Colorado after being carted off with a knee injury. Despite the loss, Dye played a key role in the last game between these two with 76 yards rushing and a touchdown. He added 43 receiving yards.
Another issue with this matchup for USC is the lack of turnovers by Utah. The Trojans are the third-best defense in terms of interceptions, and the team leads the nation in turnover margin per game of +1.8.
Utah, however, did not give up a turnover in their previous game. Even one could have turned the tide of the game in USC’s favor. If Utah can secure the ball again on Friday, they have a strong chance to go 2-0 over USC with two upset wins.
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Utah vs USC Head-to-Head
Utah and USC played once already this season, with the Utes winning 43-42 as 3.5-point favorites. It was the second season in a row Utah took home the win in this rivalry. However, USC is 3-1 ATS in the last four games.
Utah vs USC Game Information
- Game: Utah vs USC
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Utah vs USC Live Stream: ESPN
Utah vs USC Betting Lines
Utah vs USC Picks & Prediction
Despite their turnover numbers, USC’s defense is rather poor for a 9-1 team heading to a conference title game. The Trojans rank outside of the top 100 in yards allowed per play and allowed 35 or more points to three of their last five opponents.
With Utah bringing underdog value to the table, they are the best choice here as we look for them to sweep this season’s series.
The Utah Utes are listed at +135 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Utah, you have a chance to win $135. The USC Trojans are -155, offering a chance to win $65 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Utah a 42.55% chance to win, with USC at 60.78%.