USC is ranked 18th in the country but they could be the most overrated team in the nation. What helps USC this week in NCAA betting is that they are playing a Minnesota team that couldn’t even beat South Dakota a week ago?
USC is a 12.5 point favorite at Sbg global.com. It is really difficult to bet on the Trojans but taking Minnesota might even be tougher to swallow. How can you lose to South Dakota?
USC Looks Weak – The Trojans are not a top 20 team despite what the polls say. They gave up nearly 600 yards in a 49-36 season-opening win at Hawaii and just barely got past a poor Virginia team last week. They still have talented players led by Matt Barkley but they are poorly coached as evidenced by their 240 penalty yards which lead the nation.
Minnesota is Worse – As bad as the Trojans are, the Gophers are worse. Why in the world did ESPN pick this game? Who wants to watch an overrated USC team against a terrible Minnesota team?
USC has won 18 straight non-conference games and 10 straight against teams from the Big Ten. USC is 9-1 ATS in those games against the Big Ten. The Trojans are getting good play from Barkley who is 38 of 58 for 459 yards with seven TDs. The Trojans are 4-1-1 all-time against the Gophers but the teams have not played since 1980.
Way Over the Total – Can the odds makers set a total high enough in this game? The USC defense is not very good and Minnesota’s is pathetic. The Gophers can score though as they have totaled 893 yards in their first two games. Minnesota has gone over the total in 35 of their last 52 home games.
If you are looking for a side play when you bet college football with this game then there are a couple of trends to consider. The Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Gophers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Pac-10.