It was not expected that USC would be in a lower tiered bowl game but the Trojans struggled down the stretch versus the college football betting lines.
Emerald Bowl betting favors USC by nine-points in this game. The Trojans are getting a lot of respect in college football betting lines even though they have lost three of their last five games. Boston College is happy to be playing a team like USC. “I think it’s good for our program,” Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani said, “It’s interesting, and I think it’s good. Perfect timing. Whenever you play somebody like that, it gets everybody’s attention.”
With the Emerald Bowl betting in San Francisco the connections hoped to have a team like Stanford or California in the game but getting USC worked out well. “I think we came down on the side of, ‘Let’s have somebody new that we haven’t had.’ And it may be the only opportunity we have to get SC,” Emerald Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli said, “What we expect is to have the Pac-10 team to bring a ton of fans and we expect the ACC team to create a matchup that draws both Bay Area college football fans to come to the game and a national TV audience. And I think BC fits that profile.”
Both teams come into Emerald Bowl betting with true freshman quarterbacks as Boston College has Dave Shinskie while USC has Matt Barkley. Shinskie threw 14 TDs but had 13 interceptions. Barkley also struggled as he threw 12 interceptions this season.
Many of the trends for Emerald Bowl betting favor Boston College in this game. The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games as an underdog.
USC has not played well of late but they also have some positive Emerald Bowl betting trends. The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 bowl games and 24-8 in college football betting lines in their last 32 non-conference games. The concern for those taking USC in Emerald Bowl betting is that the Trojans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
Four of the last five Boston College games have gone under the total. The last five USC bowl games have all gone over the college football betting lines.