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The USC Trojans and Utah Utes each had the week off as they prepare to matchup on Thursday night college football in prime time. The Trojans go on the road, coming off of a win over California in their last outing, while Utah looks to rebound from an embarrassing outing on the road to Arizona State.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley knows that this game can be the catalyst to bringing USC back in the national championship picture. The Trojans lost early enough in the season, and have enough big games on television coming up over the next couple of months to get back into the good graces of pollsters.
Meanwhile, Utah is trying to avoid falling below .500 on the season. A 37-7 loss to Arizona State two weekends ago doesn’t bolster much confidence out of this team, but they better figure it out quick. USC it the first of three-straight Pac 12 games against ranked teams, with No.25 UCLA and No.14 Oregon State looming next, both of which happen to be on the road.
Simply put, the Utes could be staring 2-5 right in the face.
Oddsmakers believe that the Trojans should win this one with little difficulty, as they simply out match the Utes in every phase of the game.
USC vs Utah Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Trojans as a near two-touchdown favorite, going off at 13.5 points on the line. To cover, USC will need to win by at least two touchdowns and two extra points, needing 14 points or more. On the flip side, Utah can get the cover with a loss by 13 points or fewer.
Last year, USC came away with a 23-14 victory at home, covering the 7.5-point betting line that was installed. Obviously oddsmakers feel the two teams are much further apart, based on the line with the Trojans on the road.
For Utah to have any success though, the blueprint has already been drawn up, as evidenced by Stanford’s performance against the offensive line of the Trojans. USC has been shown to be vulnerable upfront, and if they get pushed around, Barkley has shown to rattle and make rash and poor decisions.
The Utes have to keep the home crowd in it, and not let this one get away from them early.
USC and Utah kick off at 9pm ET on Thursday, with coverage on ESPN.