Utah vs USC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Pac-12 Championship Game (Shootout in Las Vegas)

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Utah vs USC prediction, odds and betting trends for NCAAF Pac-12 Championship Game.
Utah vs USC prediction, odds and betting trends for NCAAF Pac-12 Championship Game. / Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press
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Utah vs USC Pac-12 Championship Game Info

2022 NCAA College Football Game
Utah Utes (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) vs. USC Trojans (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: FOX

The regular season is over and only conference championships remain before the final College Football Playoff rankings. The fifth CFP Top 25 rankings are revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 29 on ESPN.

The 12th annual Pac-12 Championship Game features the currently ranked No. 14 Utah Utes and No. 6 USC Trojans. This will be the first year that the conference has the top two teams playing without divisions, matching up two teams from the former South Division. The Pac-12 title game is being played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the second straight year.

Utah vs USC Odds & Spread

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: UTAH: (+126) | USC: (-152)
Spread: UTAH: +2.5 (+100) | USC: -2.5 (-122)
Total: 66.5 — Over: (-114) | Under: (-106)

USC enters this rivalry game as a small favorite on the spread (-2.5) and moneyline (-152). A win by Utah returns +126 on the moneyline. The total is currently 66.5 points, which is about 10 points higher than a typical college football game.

Utah vs USC Prediction & Pick

This game is a rematch from an epic meeting on October 15 in Salt Lake City, where the Utes handed the Trojans their only loss of the season in a 43-42 stunner. Southern Cal never trailed in the game until Utah QB Cameron Rising scored the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion with 48 seconds left to lift the Utes to victory.

USC enters this rematch fresh off a 38-27 win over Notre Dame -- the Trojans' sixth straight game with at least 38 points. USC quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Caleb Williams ran for three touchdowns and threw another to beat the Fighting Irish.

Utah crushed Colorado last week, 63-21, and then got help with UCLA, Oregon State and Washington all winning to get the Utes into their fourth Pac-12 Championship Game appearance in the last five years.

Utah has the Pac-12's No. 1 defense allowing 20 points per game and 317 yards per game -- 6 points and 88 YPG better than Southern Cal. USC leads the country in turnover margin (+22), however, and the Trojans will need a few more big plays on defense this week if they're going to hold off the Utes.

Expect another back-and-forth competitive contest with USC also playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Final Score Prediction: USC: 38 | Utah: 37

Utah vs USC Betting Trends

- Utah is 5-1 straight up (SU) in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone Under in 4 of Utah's last 5 games.
- USC is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
- USC is 12-0 SU in their last 12 games as favorite.
- The total has gone Over in 6 of USC's last 6 games.
- The total has gone Over in 6 of USC's last 8 games vs Utah.

Utah vs USC Best Bet

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

Williams has passed for 3,712 yards and leads the Pac-12 in both passing efficiency and TD passes (34). Cameron Rising is in more of a ball-control offense but is still top 5 in pass efficiency. The dual-threat has 6 rushing TDs and 22 TD passes along with a stronger defense on his side.

Both quarterbacks exploded the last time they faced each other. On a fast indoor track in Las Vegas, look for another shootout with flying footballs from the star quarterbacks.

Bet: Over 66.5 (-114)

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