The USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns will meet in an NCAA Football betting rematch of a game that, much like Chris Benoit, has been expunged from the annals of history, and which has, according to the LA Times, become, as a result of the CFP, an anachronistic artifact. Southern California’s refusal to acknowledge the 2006 Rose Bowl has angered Lance Armstrong, who, all things considered, has a lot of ball talking about “fair and square;” two concepts that, like austerity and selectiveness to Johnny Depp, are completely alien to him.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) September 13, 2017
- Date: Saturday, 16th September
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Sportsbook Odds to Bet college Football Online:
Texas +16½ (-110) 67 (-110) +525
USC -16½ (-110) 67 (-110) -750
Tom Herman’s head
“I think Tom is one of the most brilliant offensive minds in college football,” USC coach Clay Helton said per NCAA.com. “He’s done it at Ohio State, he’s done at Houston, he’s going to do it at Texas.” An argument could, actually, be made that he’s already doing it. The Horns are 1-1 but, win or lose, the offense has been a problem. They lost to Maryland by 10 but scored 41, and shutout San Jose State 56-0. The Spartans aren’t, by any stretch of the imagination, what one would call contenders, so that one can be classified as business as usual. We don’t, moreover, know whether Shane Buechele, who started in the opener, or Sam Ehlinger, who started against San Jose, will get the nod this Saturday. It’s the defense, though, that could keep UT from staying within the 16-point spread. Texas has, in four of the last five overall games, as well as nine of the last 11 on the road, failed to cover the NCAA football betting spread. The Horns are, on the other hand, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Pac-12 rivals. The Trojans are, meanwhile, 7-1 ATS in their last eight games after a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Darnold don’t give a darn
Sam Darnold, USC starting quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate, was named, following a 316-yard, 4-touchdown performance – which included a career-high 80% completion percentage – Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
“You could tell he had his jaw set right,” Helton said. “He was coming in there to win that game, and he had a mental focus that was truly special.” The Trojan’s win over Stanford was, as they near a year of invincibility, their 11th in a row, and fourth against a ranked team. Southern California has, during that run, defeated opponents by a, on average, 17.9-point margin. USC’s unforgiving offensive prowess, plus Texas’ not-too-shabby-in-its-own right offense, minus the Horns’ questionable defense, means that, even though it might take a bit of work, the NCAA football betting total could indeed end up going over, as it has in the Trojans’ last four games, and unlike in the Longhorns’ last eight out of nine.