USC Trojans Vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 2019 Holiday Bowl betting analysis, odds and picks

USC and Iowa for Holiday Bowl College Football Betting Analysis

At the onset of the season USC head coach Clay Helton was on one of the hottest seats in the land.   Speculation was rampant about his potential firing.   Most considered it likely.  Especially with a new athletic director taking command of the Trojans program.   Yet Helton survived.  Despite having to play three different quarterbacks during the 2019 campaign.  Few programs are more stable than the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz has made Iowa a consistent contender for College Football betting games.  Nobody would call the Hawks flashy or exciting.  But few teams are more fundamentally sound.

USC Trojans Vs. Iowa Hawkeyes – Holiday Bowl    

Date and Time:Friday, December 27, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location:SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California
USC vs. Iowa TV Coverage:FS1
College Football Betting Online Odds at SBG:
TeamSpreadTotalML
USC+2 (-110)52 (-110)+110
Iowa-2 (-110)52 (-110)-130
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USC Trojans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Overview

Iowa has a online sportsbook record of 9-3 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 3-8-1 under the total.   Overall national metrics have the Hawkeyes ranked 99th for scoring offense and fifth for points allowed.  Correlate the solid nature of Ferentz’s program.

By contrast USC is 8-4 straight up, 6-5-1 vs. the odds, and 7-5 over the total.  Clay Helton’s team ranks 36th for scoring offense and 67th for points allowed.  Of great concern was the terrible recruiting results for the Men of Troy.  Speculation on Helton’s coaching status caused great damage with prospect’s perceptions of the program.

Key Trojans:  QB Kedon Slovis (3242 YDS, 71.8% COMP, 9.0 AVG, 28 TD, 9 INT, 21 SACK, 167.6 RTG), RB Vavae Malepeai (97 ATT, 466 YDS, 4.8 AVG, 6 TD), WR Michael Pittman Jr (95 REC, 1222 YDS, 12.9 AVG, 11 TD), PK Chase McGrath (51-51 XP, 13-15 FG, 90 PTS), S Isaiah Pola Mao (68 TACKLES, 1.5 SACKS, 4 INT)

Key Hawkeyes:  QB Nate Stanley (2738 YDS, 7.4 AVG, 14 TD, 7 INT, 21 SACK, 129.4 RTG), RB Tyler Goodson (116 ATT, 590 YDS, 5.1 AVG, 4 TD), WR Ihmir Smith Marsette (42 REC, 676 YDS, 16.1 AVG, 4 TD), PK Keith Duncan (25-25 XP, 29-34 FG), 112 PTS), AJ Epenesa (45 TACKLES, 9 SACKS)

USC And Iowa Against the Spread

The Trojans Are:

4-7 against the spread in their last 11 away games

3-4 under the total away from home

4-14 vs. the line as an underdog

3-5-1 under the total in their last nine games as a pup

1-5 on the board in bowl games

2-5 under the total in the post season

The Hawkeyes Are:

2-5 against the spread in their last seven away matchups

8-3 over the total on the road

3-4 on the board in their last seven bowl games

4-1 over the total in the post season

4-6 vs. the odds as a favorite

1-6-1 under the total when laying points

USC Trojans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes College Football Betting Games Picks

In this situation Iowa should be the team in a much better frame of mind.  USC fought hard for Helton to overcome exceed College Football Betting Games

expectations.   But the fact remains that Troy’s instability is in a stark contrast to the rock-ribbed Hawkeyes program.

USC Vs. Iowa College Football Betting Games Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes

USC Vs. Iowa College Football Betting Games Score Prediction: Iowa 27,  USC 17

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