Free Week 9 Prediction: Golden Bears vs Trojans Odds
Looking for California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans free picks? Week 9 College football betting sees the Golden Bears taking on the Trojans on Thursday October 27th at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(4-3) California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans (4-3)
Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
NCAA Football Spread: USC -14.5
NCAA Betting Total: 75.5
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Pac 12 actions pins the California Golden Bears taking on the USC Trojans Thursday night in Southern California.
Both teams are coming in on highs as California won in their last contest, while the Trojans have rattled off 3 straight wins.
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Scoring is not an issue for this California team. However, defense is a huge recent for concern.
The last game was a microcosm of how this California team is as they went into double OT in what was eventually a 52-49 victory over Oregon.
It’s no surprise how the game went as California averages 43.7 points per game, while allowing 41.3 points against.
California ranks in the top tier offensively in almost every category. The Golden Bears are averaging 543.3 yards per game (6th), with 370 of those coming through the air (2nd).
QB Davis Webb, the Texas Tech transfer, is having his way with opposing secondaries. Webb has accounted for 27 touchdowns this season while tossing for 2581 yards. He’ll be in store for a much more difficult night, as the Trojans allow just 207 pass yards per game.
The Trojans started the season off just 1-3 and it looked like the season was going to be a long one for USC.
However, things have taken quite the turn as the Trojans now sit at 4-3 after winning 3 straight games. USC has rattled off wins against Arizona State, Colorado, and Arizona.
The Trojans now sit at 3-2 in conference play and are just a game behind Colorado and Utah for the top spot in the Pac 12 South.
The key to success for USC has been their turn around defensively. USC has given up 20 points or less in all 3 wins and are conceding just 24 points against per game this season.
There are a lot of injuries to keep an eye on here as the Trojans have a lot of key players questionable.
RB Justin Davis (467 rush yards) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (565 yards, 8 touchdowns), are both listed as questionable. The two will likely be game time decisions come Thursday.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Golden Bears are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Golden Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
- Golden Bears are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games on grass.
- Trojans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
- Trojans are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Trojans are 9-26 ATS in their last 35 games following a straight up win.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
The USC injuries are reason for concern, but both players should be able to play barring a major setback early this week.
Give the edge to USC as their defense is going to be one of the toughest Cal has seen this year.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC -14.5
With how bad this Cal defense is, USC will find a lot of success and big plays, giving them value in a lopsided win.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: USC 50- California 24
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