USC vs Utah Week 7 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
No. 7 USC Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac 12) vs. No. 20 Utah Utes (4-2, 2-1 Big 12)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium — Salt Lake City, UT
Week 7 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a Pac 12 showdown between Top 25 teams. The UCS Trojans remain undefeated and are on top of the Pac 12 standings at 4-0 following last week's 30-14 win over Washington State.
Meanwhile, preseason Pac 12 favorite Utah is now 2-1 in Pac 12 play following their second loss of the season last week in a 42-32 loss at UCLA.
USC vs Utah Odds & Spread
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: USC: (+146) | TEX: (-178)
Spread: USC: +3.5 (-110) | UTAH: -3.5 (-110)
Total: 64.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Utah enters this contest as a small home favorite of -3.5 on the spread and -178 moneyline. A win by USC returns +146 on the moneyline. The total is up sharply from Sunday's opener in Las Vegas, and is now more than a TD above an average college football total at 64.5 points.
USC vs Utah Prediction & Pick
USC coach Lincoln Riley is enjoying his time in Southern Cal so far. The undefeated Trojans now travel to altitude and take on a tough Utah team that was the preseason Pac 12 favorite. The Utes have not performed up to expectations, and Utah needs a win to stay in the Pac 12 race.
USC plays at a very slow offensive pace, although the Trojans offense is highly efficient with QB Caleb Williams passing for nearly 1,600 yards and a 14:1 TD-INT ratio. But USC struggled on the road at Oregon State the end of Sept. to pull out a late 17-14 win, and Williams completed less than 50% of his passes for 180 yards. Last week it was 370 yards offense for USC against Washington State and Williams was just 15-of-29 for 188 yards.
So the Trojans may be a bit overrated, and USC is +15 in turnover margin and leads the nation in sacks. Utah QB Rising is an efficient duel threat and the Utes will turn more to their running game and RB Tavion Thomas to control the ball, clock and chains. Utah will play with tremendous urgency at home where they have won 11 straight games.
Final Score Prediction: Utah: 30 | USC: 24
USC vs Utah Betting Trends
- USC is 6-0 straight up (SU) in their last 6 games.
- USC is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games playing at Utah.
- The total has hit the Under in 4 of USC's last 5 road games.
- Utah is 11-0 SU in their last 11 home games.
- Utah is 8-1 SU in their last 9 Pac 12 games.
USC vs Utah Best Bet
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Utah won last year's meeting 42-26 and QB Cameron Rising passed for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns. The scoring for these two teams is identical at 241 and 242 points this season (40 PPG). They have scored 29 and 28 touchdowns while averaging 6.6 and 6.8 yards per play on offense and nearly identical 460 yards per game. The Trojans and Utes QB passing efficiency numbers are nearly the same as well, but both teams defenses rank 1-2 in pass defense efficiency.
Last week we bet the USC-Washington State game under 65 and it came in easy in the Trojans 30-17 win. USC's offense is very efficient, but they rank among the nation's fewest offensive possessions. Playing Utah's stronger defense makes this upward total move an overreaction again.
Bet: Under 64.5 (-110)
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