The USC Trojans lost earlier in the season when they were upset by Stanford and another loss would destroy all hopes of a National Championship. In the USC vs Utah game, the Utes believe that they can pull off an upset as they prepare for this national televised tilt.
The Trojans are off a win against California, but overall the team has looked sluggish at times, and beatable. The difference is Matt Barkley under center. Barkley is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and has plenty of weapons on offense to include Robert Woods and Silas Redd.
Redd finished with almost 160 yards on the ground against Cal and is getting familiar with the offense. While he did not get into the end zone, Redd is an offensive threat out of the back field. However the Thursday night game against Utah sets up as a potential trap game for the Trojans.
The college football trends are in favor of Utah for this Pac-12 clash.
The Trojans are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games in October, 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game, and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Utes struggled offensively in the last outing, but that was due to the surprising injury that ended Jordan Wynn’s career at the school. Senior Jon Hays stepped in and performed admirably but could not get the job done against Arizona State. Kelvin York can run the rock and with an extra week to prepare this offense should be more prepared this week.
Utah is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games when playing a team with a winning road record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss.
The Utes are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week and that extra time will allow this team more preparation. The Utes may not win this game, but they will keep it close.
Take the point and the Utah Utes on Thursday night.
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