Free Week 4 Prediction: Trojans vs Golden Bears Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 4
(3-0) USC Trojans vs. California Golden Bears (3-0)
Date: Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: War Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
NCAA Football Spread: USC -17
NCAA Betting Total: 64
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The fifth ranked USC Trojans, travel North to face in state rival California Golden Bears. USC is 1-0 in PAC-12 play and the Golden Bears will be playing their first conference game of the season.
USC took last years meeting at home, 45-24. The Golden Bears are looking to even the score and avenge last years beat down loss. This game should be one of the more exciting game of the season for both teams.
USC looks to have gotten through the past three weeks with great quarterback play. The Trojans have been led by their quarterback Sam Darnold. Darnold showed up big in week two against Stanford, and stood up to a tough Texas defense in week three.
Darnold passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns last week, but threw two interceptions, and only completed 28 of 49 pass attempts in last weeks win. The two interceptions are something Darold will need to avoid this week on the road.
The Trojan defense has been consistent all season. They caused Texas to turn the ball over four times last week, and limited the Longhorns to 366 total yards of offense in the win.
California Golden Bears
California has quietly become a sleeper team in the PAC-12. With a road win against North Carolina in week one, and a home win against Ole Miss last weekend, the Golden Bears should be ready for a home conference test against USC.
Last week, the Golden Bears had 399 yards of total offense against a stern SEC defense in Ole Miss. Running backs Patrick Laird (78 yards) and Vic Enwere (75) set the tone offensively to combine for 152 rushing yards and one touchdown leading to the 27-16 win.
On the defensive side of the ball, California looked bad against a mediocre Ole Miss offense. The Golden Bears allowing 416 yards of total offense. The secondary was shredded for 363 yards passing from Ole Miss. This is something they must improve upon when facing Darnold and the Trojans this week.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 21-8-1 in USC last 30 conference games.
- Under is 12-5 in USC last 17 road games.
- USC are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Over is 9-4 in CAL last 13 games in September.
- USC are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
- Favorite is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
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This game was a blowout last year at USC. The Golden Bears should have a bad taste in their mouths from that game. Expect this one to be more competitive than the point spread indicates.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: California +17
USC is loaded with speed and talent on both sides of the ball. The Golden Bears are not as explosive as they have been in recent years offensively, and look limited in years pasted in the passing attack.
Expect the Golden Bears to come out firing at home, but they will find themselves running out of luck early in this one. The Trojans will win, but California will cover the spread with a late game score. Take the Golden Bears to cover.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: USC 35 – California 20
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