Free Week 3 Prediction: Trojans vs Cougars Odds
Looking for USC Trojans vs. BYU Cougars free picks? Week 3 betting sees the Cougars taking on the Trojans Saturday September 14th at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this USC BYU Week 3 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(2-0) USC Trojans vs. BYU Cougars (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 1:30 pm EST
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: USC -4
NCAA Betting Total: 56.5
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Both teams are coming off big wins. The Trojans may have found their next superstar quarterback in Kedon Slovis and the BYU Cougars are coming off a miracle win in Tennessee.
Clay Helton may have lucked his way into another Sam Darnold situation because Kedon Slovis showed his hot fire skills last week against Stanford. He absolutely carved up the Cardinal last week and has given Trojan Nation new life.
Expectations were tempered this year, especially from me, but the Trojans look like a bowl team and, all-of-a-sudden, a team that has the potential to win the Pac-12 South.
This is still a tough stretch for USC, but they looked completely different from week one against Fresno State to week two against Stanford. The offense has new life and they’ll be able to measure up in these next few weeks to see exactly where they stand.
Also, as a bonus that doesn’t have anything to do with this game, but Lynn Swann resigned. Rejoice Trojans!
BYU was on the verge of going 0-2, but they threw up a Hail Mary and eventually were able to send the game into overtime and eventually beat the Tennessee Volunteers.
Now, the Cougars will look to carry that momentum at home and look to be more competitive than their last home game when they opened up the season against Utah.
The bad news for BYU is that their rush defense has been gashed. Utah went over 250 yards and Tennessee came really close to that number. The good news, though, is that USC hasn’t really established a real run game.
Offensively, BYU has been pretty balanced and Ty’Son Williams has been effective. BYU is going to need their run game to keep control and keep the Trojans on the sidelines.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- USC is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games
- USC is 2-4 ATS in their last six road games
- BYU is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games
- BYU is 4-2 ATS in their last six September games
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This is an interesting matchup because coming in BYU had the edge, but with the savior, Kedon Slovis, taking over the Trojans have more than a fighting chance now.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC -4
The Trojans are and have been one of the more talented teams in all of the country.
— Razor Ray Monohan (@Cappers_Picks) September 12, 2019
The problem is always coaching, and Clay Helton is obviously still one of the worst coaches out there, but hiring Graham Harrell has proved to be, potentially, job saving.
There’s plenty of season to go, but this four game stretch will tell the tale. I’m going to buy the hype in Slovis and say that the Trojans go on the road and beat the Cougars.
BYU isn’t an easy place to play, it’s going to be hostile, but I believe Slovis and the talented Trojans will overcome, win, and cover the four point spread.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: USC 35 – BYU 24
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