USC Trojans (4-2) VS Utah Utes (4-2)
October 20, 2018 8PM ET On PACN (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
Spread: Utah Utes -6.5
USC Trojans VS The Utah Utes Free 10-20-2018 Picks, Predictions, and Odd’s
USC Trojans Vs The Utah Utes
We are more than half way through the regular season and the Pac-12 conference is up for grabs. This Saturday USC heads into Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes. Both teams are 4-2, but USC is 3-1 in conference play. A victory would give the Trojans a two game lead over Utah. If the Utes win, they will be tied with USC, but they would own the tiebreaker.
This is a must win game for Utah if they want any chance of winning the South Division title. A loss would put them three games behind the Trojans. On top of that the Utes have the toughest schedule in the Pac-12 and still have yet face the Oregon Ducks or the Colorado Buffaloes.
Utah is coming off an impressive 42-10 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Quarterback Tyler Huntley did everything last week for the Utes he threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and even caught a 58-yard touchdown pass. Linebacker Chase Hansen led the way on defense with nine tackles and one sack. Utah’s defense is the real deal, they have the number four rush defense in the nation only behind Texas A&M, Iowa, and Michigan State.
A big question in this game is going to be if USC’s offense line can contain Utah’s dynamic duo. Defensive end Bradley Anae leads the team in sacks with five, linebacker Chase Hansen is right behind him with four. Hansen has played exceptional all year and is a big reason why their defense has had success. He leads the team in tackles with 52 and has 11 tackles for a loss.
The USC Trojans are coming off their most impressive win of the season beating Colorado at home 31-20. The defense really came through last Saturday, cornerback Ajene Harris returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter to give them the momentum to finish the game. Utah also had four sacks and were able to force a fumble in the victory.
Offensively the Trojans are just as talented as any team in the country, but they haven’t been able to capitalize off their potential. Whether it’s the play calling or the player’s execution, they need to learn to finish games. True freshman JT Daniels has been able to give a spark to the offense he has 1,540 passing yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions. On the ground they are led by Aca’Cedric Ware who has 358 rushing yards and three scores, but he has only been able to reach 100 yards rushing in two games. Establishing a run game against Utah is going to be key if they plan on taking pressure off of JT.
Predictions USC Trojans vs Utah Utes
In this game the Utah Utes are the favorite to win by six and a half points. Meanwhile, the Utes are 20-8-1 ATS verse a team with a winning record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games in October. The Trojans are 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games on turf. USC’s last two trips to Salt Lake City have also ended in a loss and the last two games have been decide by five points or less. This should be a high scoring game, but I will give the edge to the Utes Defense. Since Utah has the home field advantage I predict Utah to win this game, but I will stick with the trends and say this game is within five points.