Ohio State at USC Pick and Preview
- Updated: September 13, 2008
#5 Ohio State at #1 USC
Saturday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ABC
SBG Global Opening Line: USC – 10.5 , Total 44.5
The most anticipated game of the college football season takes place on Saturday as #1 USC hosts #5 Ohio State. Either USC or Ohio State has played for the national title in college football the last four seasons and the winner of this game will have the inside track this year. USC and Ohio State have not played in 18 years and both teams are looking forward to the game.
“We love competing against the top teams,” USC quarterback Mark Sanchez said, “That’s why I came here. It’s going to be a great day for college football. The Coliseum is going to be rocking.”
SBG Global reports that early College Football betting has the public taking USC at Home.
The Buckeyes are not getting much respect after their lackluster win last week against Ohio. Star running back Chris “Beanie” Wells is expected to play but how effective he will be is in question. They missed him last week when they had just 272 yards in their 26-14 win over Ohio. “The only way we can be successful on the road at Southern Cal is be at our best, I mean, there’s no way that we can do it if we’re not at our best,” Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said. “So I think all of us in the whole locker room recognized after the (Ohio) game that we weren’t at our best.”
USC was very impressive in their opening win against Virginia as Sanchez threw for three touchdowns and 338 yards. “You can just sense that if you give him time back there, he’s going to find guys and he’s got a real attitude about him to take advantage of it. It’s his nature,” said Trojans coach Pete Carroll.
The last time these two teams met was in 1990 when USC won 35-26. They have an 11-9-1 edge in the all-time series against Ohio State. Here are more betting stats for Saturday’s game. The Buckeyes are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Pac-10. The Buckeyes are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games.
The Buckeyes are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games on grass. The Buckeyes are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in September. The Buckeyes are 23-10 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The Buckeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference College Football betting games.
SBG Global Current Line: USC – 11 , Total 44.5
The Trojans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big Ten. The Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trojans are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. The Trojans are 27-12 ATS in their last 39 home games.
The Under is 9-3 in the Buckeyes last 12 games in September. The Under is 6-1 in the Trojans last 7 home games. The Under is 9-3 in the Trojans last 12 games overall. The Over is 11-4 in the Trojans last 15 non-conference games. The Under is 5-2 in the Trojans last 7 games in September.
Pick: USC rolls easily 4units
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