The No. 24 Trojans (+3.5) are set to welcome their in-conference counterpart No. 10 Utah Utes (-3.5) to United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. FS1 has the TV rights and this Friday showdown is scheduled to kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET.
No. 10 Utah vs. No. 24 USC Betting Odds 9/20/2019
The line for this Pac-12 game is placed at 3.5 points in favor of Utah. The Utes are currently getting -175 moneyline odds while the Trojans are +155. The over/under is set at 53.5 points, and it appears that this matchup might offer some in-game betting scenarios.
The game’s total has shifted higher after initially being set at 53. The opening spread has remained firm.
The Utes are 3-0 straight up (SU) and they haven’t faced any Pac-12 competition yet. The Trojans are 2-1 SU overall and are also 1-0 SU in conference play. The Utes are 1-1 against the spread (ATS) and have gained 1.0 unit so far. The team has recorded an O/U mark of 1-1.
The Trojans are down 0.2 units this season. They’re 1-2 ATS and have an O/U record of 2-1.
The Utes are hoping to stay undefeated after a 31-0 win over Idaho State last week. The passing attack was on point as the Utes completed 21-of-26 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Tyler Huntley went 15-for-19 for 282 yards and three touchdowns while Drew Lisk completed six-of-six for 38 yards. Zack Moss (106 yards on 10 rush attempts, one TD) led the ground attack in the win while Britain Covey (four receptions, 42 yards) and Brant Kuithe (three catches, 80 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties.
USC narrowly suffered a 30-27 loss to BYU. The team’s defense allowed the Cougars to eat up the clock by rushing for 131 yards on 40 attempts, including two rush TDs. Ty’Son Williams had a productive outing, recording 99 rushing yards on 19 attempts for BYU. For USC, Kedon Slovis completed 24-of-34 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Vavae Malepeai (96 rushing yards on 23 attempts, one TD) and Markese Stepp (53 yards on nine carries) handled the ground game in the defeat as Michael Pittman Jr. (nine receptions, 95 yards, two TDs) and Tyler Vaughns (seven catches, 65 yards) led the receiving corps.
Utah has run the ball on 66.5 percent of its offensive possessions this year while USC has a rush percentage of 50 percent. The Utes have run for 226 yards/game and have seven scores via handoffs this year. The Trojans are averaging 154 rushing yards per contest and have six total rush TDs.
Judging by the early season results, it seems like the Utes may have the advantage in all aspects of the ground game. Their backfield has generated 5.6 yards per carry while their defense is allowing a YPC of 2.7 to opponents. The Trojans have tallied 4.2 yards per carry and allowed 4.0 yards per rush attempt to opponents.
The Utes have logged 213 yards per contest through the air overall and have four passing TDs so far. The Trojans have put up 310 pass yards per outing and have six total pass scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, Utah should have the upper hand in both phases. The team has allowed 65 rush yards and 174 pass yards per game. USC has allowed 145.0 yards per game on the ground and 264 to opposing teams in the air. The Utes are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 3.40 to opponents, while the Trojans have given up a 6.15 ANY/A.
Huntley has put up 388 passing yards this season, and has connected on 28-of-35 attempts with three passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Huntley’s got a pristine 12.80 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 15.16 over the last two games.
Look for a balanced approach offensively from Utah in this one. Zack Moss (293 rushing yards, two rush TDs on the year), Bryan Thompson (105 receiving yards, two receiving TDs) and Brant Kuithe (117 receiving yards, one TD) have each played big roles of late.
In the other huddle, Kedon Slovis has accounted for 338 yards, two TDs and four INTs. Slovis’ ANY/A sits at a mediocre 4.20 for the season and 8.66 over his past two games.
Michael Pittman Jr. (123 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns this season), Vavae Malepeai (230 rush yards, two rush TDs, 36 receiving yards) and Tyler Vaughns (215 receiving yards) have combined for 520 total yards and six touchdowns the last two games.
When these two schools faced each other last year, Utah earned the win 41-28.
Utah Utes at USC Trojans Free Prediction
SU Winner – USC, ATS Winner – USC, O/U – Over
Team Betting Notes
Utah has averaged 5.7 yards per carry over its last two outings.
USC has averaged 3.9 YPC over its last two.
The USC offense has lost three fumbles this season while Utah has lost one.
The Over/Under for USC’s previous matchup was set at 57.5. The under cashed in that 30-27 defeat to BYU.
Over its last three matches, USC is 1-2 ATS and the over cashed in two of those three.
The Utes offense has produced two pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Trojans have put up three such plays.
Both defenses have allowed one pass play of 40 yards or more. The Utah defense has given up two pass plays of 30+ yards while USC has permitted six such plays.
The Utah offense has created six rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while USC has created four such runs.
The Utes defense has allowed one rushing play of 20 or more yards, while the Trojans have given up four such runs.
The USC D has produced nine sacks on the year while Utah has seven.