Free Week 8 Prediction: Trojans vs Utes Odds
Looking for USC Trojans vs. Utah Utes free picks? Week 8 betting sees the Trojans taking on the Utes Saturday October 20th at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this USC Utah free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(4-2) USC Trojans vs. Utah Utes (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 20th 2018
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: Utah Utes -7
NCAA Betting Total: 48
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This Saturday night matchup features two PAC-12 South teams with a chance to put either in the drivers seat for the division lead. This game kicks off at 8:00 PM Eastern Time and will be played in Utah.
The last time these teams met, USC came out on top 28-27. The home team has won this game five years in a row, and if that trend continues it would give Utah the edge to come out on top.
The Trojans handed Colorado their first loss last week, meaning if USC wins against Utah they will take first place of the South Division by tiebreaker. USC now sits at 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference, which is why this is such a huge game.
Statistically speaking, the Trojans offense has not been very impressive through six games this season. Their best offensive stat is their passing game where they average 255.3 yards per game in the air. Freshman Quarterback, JT Daniels, who is supposed to be the next Sam Darnold, will need to be more efficient throwing the ball as he only has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Overall the Trojans are just an average defensive team. They do not rank in the top 50 in any of the major defensive stat categories. They will need to force some turnovers because generally Utah plays well in front of their home fans.
Utah enters this week 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the PAC-12. This game is basically a must win as a loss would almost certainly eliminate them from a South division title.
The Utes hung 42 last week on Arizona and overall they are averaging 28.5 points per game. Their rushing attack ranks inside the top 50 at 48th, while their passing attack ranks at 82nd. If the Utes can establish the run early on in this game, they will pick up the win.
Defensively, the Utes sit at 10th in points allowed per game with 16. Their run defense has been the highlight, as they sit in 2nd giving up only 77.3 rushing yards per game. For the Utes to win this game they will need to force the freshman quarterback for the Trojans into making a few mistakes.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- USC are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- USC are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Under is 7-3 in USC last 10 games in October.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
The Utes have been a nice surprise to the PAC-12 this year and they get a vital win to stay in the hunt for a PAC-12 South division title and a chance to play in the conference championship in December.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Utah Utes -7
A late turnover by the freshman from USC pushes the margin of victory to 10 and Utah is able to cover at home.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: USC 17 – Utah 27
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