Utah Utes vs. USC Trojans - 9/23/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (1-2) at Utah Utes (3-0)
College Football: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The USC Trojans will travel to play the Utah Utes in a PAC-12 game in week 4.
The Utah Utes are 3-0 this season after beating San Jose State by a score of 34-17. Utah was in a close game throughout the first half, before pulling away in the second half. The Utah offense is averaging 26 points per game with 169.3 rushing yards per game and 249 passing yards per game. Troy Williams is completing 62.8% of his passes for 723 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Utah. Troy McCormick has rushed for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Zack Moss has rushed for 153 yards and 1 touchdown for the Utes. Tim Patrick has caught 14 passes for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Troy McCormick has added 6 catches for 73 yards for Utah. The Utah defense is giving up 12 points per game with 105 rushing yards and 158.7 passing yards per game. Cody Barton has led the Utah defense with 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Sunia Tauteoli has added 21 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions. Andy Phillips has gone 5-6 on field goal attempts for Utah, with a long of 47 yards.
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The USC Trojans are 1-2 (0-1) this season after losing to Stanford by a score of 27-10. USC was overmatched in this game and got abused in the rushing game, giving up 295 rushing yards. The USC offense is averaging 20.3 points per game 119.7 rushing yards per game and 203.3 passing yards per game. Max Browne is completing 63.2% of his passes for 474 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for USC, while Sam Darnold has thrown for 136 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Justin Davis has rushed for 135 yards, while Ronald Jones has rushed for 117 yards and 1 touchdown for the Trojans. Darreus Rogers has caught 13 passes for 153 yards, while JuJu Smith-Schuster has hauled in 11 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns for USC. The USC defense is giving up 28.7 points per game with 195.3 rushing yards per game and 178.7 passing yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the USC defense with 28 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, while Porter Gustin has added 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Matt Boermeester has gone 4-5 on field goals for the Trojans, with a long of 47 yards.
USC is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. The under is 9-3 in USC’s last 12 road games. Utah is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in Utah’s last 6 home games. The home team is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.
This should be a very entertaining game on Friday night between two PAC-12 teams. USC hasn’t looked very good to start the season, but will look to turn it around on the road. USC has to do a better job on offense of getting the ball to their skill players in open space, like Smith-Schuster and Davis. Utah has played tough defense to start the season and will look to a defense first game plan, while their offense still looks to get it going. I like USC to bounce back on the road in this game.