A clear difference from last year exists for both USC and Notre Dame. The Trojans are coming off a Pac 12 Championship while Notre Dame was good but hardly dominant. In the same way for 2018 the betting on NCAA Football reputations have changed for both teams. USC is in free fall with a struggling freshman quarterback. As a result, head coach Clay Helton is likely to face the firing squad. Notre Dame controls their own destiny for a college football playoff spot. On the whole the Fighting Irish are one of the most dominant teams in the land.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans
Date and Time: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Betting on NCAA Football Odds at SBG:
|Notre Dame||-11 (-110)||54 (-110)|
|USC||+11 (-110)||54 (-110)|
Notre Dame vs. USC TV Coverage: ABC
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has led a program renaissance. The Fighting Irish are 11-0 straight up, 7-3-1 against the spread, and 6-5 over the total. Last week the Irish scored one of their most impressive wins of the season. At Yankee Stadium in New York they mauled a good Syracuse team 36-3. It follows that the undefeated Irish are one of the most balanced teams in the game. Consider national rankings of 27th for scoring offense and 15th for points allowed. More emphatically this is a much more substantive team than the 2012 Irish playoff squad.
Balanced against that is a USC team that is 5-6 straight up and 3-8 vs. the odds with six overs. Last Saturday likely sealed the fate of Helton. Consequently, the Men of Troy lost to a weak UCLA team 34-27. While losing to their cross-town rivals is bad enough the circumstances made it a catastrophe. As a matter of fact, it was the Trojans fourth loss in five games. The end result is no surprise. After all USC ranks 94th for total offense and 69th for scoring defense.
Stats to Consider
Notre Dame has been a strong betting on NCAA Football value in road games lately. Specifically, the Fighting Irish have lost just two of their last eight vs. the odds on the road. Additionally, Notre Dame has cleared the total in 10 of their last 13 road tilts. On the contrary USC has flopped as a home team on the board recently. The Men of Troy has covered just two of their last ten at Memorial Coliseum. Five of USC’s last eight home games have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Notre Dame has covered six of their last nine games against USC. And none of the last four meetings between the Irish and Trojans have stayed under the number. USC has had the offshore bookmaker advantage in their home series with Notre Dame. Overall the Trojans have covered six of their last eight against the Irish including two straight.
Matchup to Watch
Increasingly its apparent that USC is completely outmatched in this one. Overall the Fighting Irish are superior in all Betting on NCAA Football matchup aspects. Once upon a time the Trojans owned this series with much better personnel. Helton has really let the talent level slip.
Betting on NCAA Football Picks
Notre Dame is the call to clinch a playoff spot with a huge win over Troy.
Betting on NCAA Football Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Betting on NCAA Football Score Prediction: Fighting Irish 34, Trojans 13