At the beginning of Chip Kelly’s return to college football UCLA fans were joyous. By contrast those same fans checked out for basketball season weeks ago. In this situation Kelly has discovered the harsh reality that will be a massive Bruins rebuild. USC was considered the top betting on college football choice to win the Pac 12 South. In turn this has been among the most disappointing seasons in recent memory for the Men of Troy. In view of an offense that is among the worst in the nation USC is not yet bowl eligible.
USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins
Date and Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Betting on Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|USC||-3½ (-105)||55 (-110)|
|UCLA||+3½ (-115)||55 (-110)|
Trojans vs. Bruins TV Coverage: Check Listings
USC is 5-5 straight up but 3-7 vs. the spread with a 5-5 split on totals. Last week the Trojans suffered a catastrophic 15-14 home loss to Cal. Consequently, it was USC’s third loss in four games. Granted, USC has had to start freshman JT Daniels at quarterback. And as talented as Daniels is, he has proven to be not ready. Balanced against that is a subpar supporting cast surrounding him. USC ranks 94th for total offense and 65th for scoring defense. In comparison to their expectations the Trojans are nowhere near where fans believe they belong.
UCLA is 2-8 straight up and 4-6 vs. the odds with a 5-5 split on totals. Last Saturday the Bruins lost a tough 31-28 decision at Arizona State. It was their third consecutive loss. In the same way Kelly’s offense has been a major disappointment. Overall UCLA ranks 96th for total offense and 117th for scoring. Along the same lines their defense ranks 104th overall.
Stats to Consider
Despite their problems USC has been a reliable betting on college football road chalk. For example, the Trojans have paid in six of their last eight in that role. Just one of their last 13 as away favorites have gone over the total. Balanced against that is UCLA’s poor performance as a home dog. The Bruins have paid in just one of their last eight when getting points at the Rose Bowl. Additionally, just one their last six in that situation went over the total.
Team vs. Team
USC has the slight advantage in this head to head offshore betting series. To show, The Men of Troy have covered five of their last nine with UCLA. In fact, USC has come away with the cash in two of their last three meetings against the Bruins. Just one of the last 11 games between these teams have gone over the total. However, at the Rose Bowl the Bruins have covered five of their last seven against USC. Six of the last seven between these teams at UCLA went under the number.
Matchup to Watch
Certainly, this great rivalry lacks high stakes appeal this time. Most important of all is how overrated USC has proven to be. As was previously noted UCLA has the Betting on college football matchup edge at home in this series.
Trojans vs. Bruins Betting on College Football Picks
While both teams are reeling the Bruins figure to be at their best at home against their crosstown arch rival.
Trojans vs. Bruins Betting on College Football Pick: UCLA Bruins
Trojans vs. Bruins Betting on College Football Score Prediction: Bruins 27, Trojans 20
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