Southern California Trojans at Utah Utes Pick - ATS Predictions

October 20, 6:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Utah -6.5

The Southern California Trojans (4-2) and the Utah Utes (4-2) will do battle in a Pac-12 conference clash set to take place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the picturesque Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Kick-off is set for 8:00 PM ET and arranged to be broadcast on the Pac 12 Network. The Utes and The Men of Troy have met on nine occasions in which USC has won six of those meetings. Each team has won one of the last two contests between both sides which were settled by a combined four points. Last year in Los Angeles, USC escaped Utah by a score of 28-27 which fostered a cover for the Utes as a 13.5-point pup.

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Southern California Trojans at Utah Utes Overview

Southern California Trojans

The Trojans come in off an impressive victory in Los Angeles last week when they tackled a ranked and undefeated Colorado Buffaloes team, handing them a 31-20 defeat. The Men of Troy have defeated two undefeated opponents this season who have also been ranked at some point in 2018. USC's two losses came at the hands of Stanford and Texas on the road.

Utah Utes

The Utes come in off a two-game winning streak encapsulated by victories at Stanford followed up by a dominant 42-10 win against Arizona at home last week. The Utes’ two losses this year came against teams from the state of Washington as they fell to both the UW Huskies and Washington State Cougars.

Reasons To Back Southern California

The Trojans are a pure value play here as they go from a seven-point favorite to an underdog of nearly identical margin in their follow-up this week. Generally speaking, we see the Trojans prone to being overvalued by virtue of their namesake. However, in this instance, it seems that USC may once again be undervalued which is something that we are delighted to take advantage of. This is a football team riding a hot hand as they have won three straight. As history has shown when USC starts to smoke, they light fires under all in their path.

Reasons To Avoid Utah

There is way too much emphasis here on what Utah did last week to Arizona combined with the fact that USC has picked up a scourge of injuries. Next, to Washington, USC is likely the best team that this unit has faced at home this season, and they had no trouble dispatching Colorado as nicked up as they were last game.

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Southern California Trojans at Utah Utes Prediction 10/20/2018

This game will be one that is physical and probably defensive-oriented which is more or a rarity for Pac 12 teams. However, the teams involved are more inclined to roll up their sleeves than dazzle spectators. Nevertheless, Southern California is the more battle-tested of the two outfits, and they will march into Salt Lake City and continue their winning ways.

Free Pick: 
Take Southern California +6.5

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