Football Pick: UCLA vs. USC


Matchup: UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans

Date/Time: November 30th, 8:00 ET

Television: ABC

College Football Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: USC -4

Total: Off

The battle for Los Angeles takes place in college football betting action on Saturday night at the LA Coliseum, where the USC Trojans are looking to win a big time game against the UCLA Bruins.

The Bruins were still hoping to get back to the Pac-12 Championship Game this season, but they failed when they couldn’t come all the way back in the home finale against the Arizona State Sun Devils last week. Now, it could be the Holiday Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, or something of the sorts for UCLA, which is going to be a huge disappointment for a team which was ranked all season long and was in the Top 10 for a good chunk of that. It hasn’t been a particularly stellar year offensively for the Bruins. They have had to use a linebacker in LB Myles Jack quite a bit at running back this year, and though he is one of the four men with at least four rushing scores, that isn’t the most convincing argument in the world to be using a linebacker as your tailback, even in just short yardage situations. QB Brett Hundley, once thought to be a Heisman Trophy candidate, has just 22 TDs against nine picks for the season, a ratio nowhere near where we figured he was going to end up just a month ago.

USC was dead in the water a month and a half ago, but firing Head Coach Lane Kiffin and hiring Ed Orgeron has had a lot of people in Tinseltown asking whether this is the man that should be leading this team. Orgeron has had his team fighting hard, if nothing else, and five wins in a row isn’t going to hurt either. The numbers really aren’t going to jump off of the page at you with what USC has done this year, but what we are impressed with is the way that it has all come together. The team has rallied behind QB Cody Kessler, who has just 2,449 yards and 15 TDs against six INTs for the campaign. Orgeron has really gotten this defense going as well. A team which allowed 62 points in Kiffin’s last game against Arizona State is averaging allowing just 336.6 yards and 20.2 points per game this season, both of which are good enough to have the Trojans ranked in the Top 20 in America.

The Trojans had dominated this series for a tremendous period of time before last season when the Bruins won a rain-filled game at the Rose Bowl 38-28. This season though, expect things to be a lot different. The Men of Troy are playing with some swagger again, and that swagger is just what they need to take back LA in a win that should ensure that Orgeron gets the “interim” tag stripped from his title.

UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans Pick: USC Trojans -4

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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