Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 550 ViewsOn 10/06/2013 10:35 AM in NCAA Football
The Thursday night college football game features a big matchup in the Pac-12. The Trojans try to move on after the firing of their head coach and put together a winning streak to salvage the season. It won’t be easy against a very talented Wildcats team looking to take down the Trojans while they are on the ropes.
Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans Odds
The college football odds for this prime time game opened up with the Trojans listed as (-6) point favorites.
The Trojans recently lost their head coach as he was fired and that could actually inspire the team to play well against Arizona. USC had lost seven of its past 11 games, including a 62-41 loss at Arizona State. That was the tipping point for Athletic Director Pat Haden, who fired Kiffin after the team arrived back in Los Angeles.
Defensive-line coach Ed Orgeron, the former head coach at Ole Miss, takes over as interim head coach. Rodriguez said he isn’t expecting USC’s defense, coordinated by Clancy Pendergast, to change. The offense, though, is a bit of mystery. Kiffin, to many USC fans’ consternation, never relinquished play-calling duties. The USC offense has been nothing special, happy to huddle (in a league that is going more up-tempo all the time) and not adjusting schematically.
But even with quarterback Matt Barkley, receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, and Penn State transfer running back Silas Redd, USC couldn’t just line up and out-talent good opponents last season. The Trojans were bland offensively, 40th nationally in scoring and 41st in total yards. This season they are 84th in scoring and 87th in total offense.
The latest college football betting trends for this game reveal that the pressure is on the Trojans with some trends on their side. Arizona is 2-9 straight up in its last 11 games when playing Southern Cal and 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Southern Cal. Southern Cal is 1-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last 8 games but Southern Cal is 12-5 straight up in its last 17 games at home. The total has gone over in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing on the road against Southern Cal, but the total has gone under in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing Southern Cal.
Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.