Tulane vs USC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Cotton Bowl Classic 2023 (Expect Non-Stop Touchdowns at AT&T Stadium)

Devon Platana
Tulane vs USC odds, prediction and betting trends for NCAA college football Cotton Bowl.
Tulane vs USC odds, prediction and betting trends for NCAA college football Cotton Bowl. / AP Photos/Mark J. Terrill
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Tulane vs USC Game Info

2022 NCAA College Football Game — Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 16 Tulane Green Wave (11-2) vs. No. 10 USC Trojans (11-2)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
Coverage: ESPN

The 2022 NCAA college football bowl game matchups have been revealed, including the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between the No. 16 Tulane Green Wave and No. 10 USC Trojans.

Tulane is buzzing at the moment, coming off a 45-28 win over ranked UCF to win the AAC Championship. Meanwhile, USC looks to end its campaign on a high note after falling short, 47-24, to then-No. 11 Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Can Tulane capitalize on its latest success with a victory at AT&T Stadium? Or will USC find a way to bounce back from its conference championship loss?

Tulane vs USC Odds & Spread

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: TULN: (-102) | USC: (-118)
Spread: TULN: +1.5 (-110) | USC: -1.5 (-110)
Total: 61.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

USC enters this contest as a slight favorite on the spread and moneyline. This Cotton Bowl clash also features a total of 61.5, which is among the highest of this year's bowl games.

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Tulane vs USC Prediction & Pick

One of the reasons why the Trojans came up short in the Pac-12 Championship Game is that they only generated 56 rushing yards on 27 carries against the Utes. Fortunately, Tulane's frontline isn't nearly as stout, surrendering 161.7 rushing yards per game (No. 74), which has increased to 173.7 over the last three outings.

USC also has the edge when it comes to the turnover department. Not only do the Trojans give up the ball less than any other team (0.5 per game), but they also force the seventh-most turnovers (2.1). While Tulane is relatively decent at holding on to the ball, the offense is coming off a three-turnover performance against UCF, so some vulnerability is there.

As long as USC sticks with what's worked this season, a Cotton Bowl victory is attainable.

Final Score Prediction: USC: 41 | Tulane: 38

Tulane vs USC Betting Trends

- Tulane is 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- USC is 11-2 straight up in its last 13 games.
- The total has hit the over in six of Tulane's last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in each of USC's last seven games.

Tulane vs USC Best Bet

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Anyone tuning into this game should brace for fireworks. Both sides have been known to be involved in high-scoring contests, as the total has gone over in six of Tulane's last seven games as well as each of USC's last seven.

Furthermore, three of the Green Wave's last four games have gone over 61.5 points. Not to be outdone, the Trojans have seen that total surpassed in all but two of their 13 games this season.

With there not being any reason for either team's offense to dry up anytime soon, back the over on the Cotton Bowl's total.

Bet: Over 61.5 Points (-110)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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