UCLA takes on USC in Pac-12 battle

The UCLA Bruins ended a long losing streak against the USC Trojans last season as those Pac-12 schools renew their rivalry on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

UCLA had lost five games in a row against USC until beating them 38-28 as a 4-point home underdog on the college football betting lines last November. That improved UCLA to just 2-8 SU and 5-5 ATS in their 10 most recent games against USC.

Last year's UCLA/USC game was the first OVER result between the two teams since 2005 - breaking up a string of six UNDER results in the series. USC has won and covered its past six clashes against Pac 12 opponents and lays just a few points to get the job done again.

The Trojans will face the 8-3 Bruins, who own a 7-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Trojans are 5-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bruins are 5-6 favoring the OVER.

View UCLA Bruins vs Southern Cal Trojans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Bruins in this one found them as 3.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. The total was 51.5 in early wagering at GTbets.eu.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Trojans and the No. 31-ranked Bruins, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 37-35 result in favor of the Bruins.

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In their last action, UCLA was a 38-33 loser at home against Arizona State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (71) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Javorius Allen ran through the Colorado defense for 145 yards in Southern Cal's last game, handing the Buffaloes a 47-29 setback on Saturday at Folsom Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Cal's No. 61-ranked offense (29.75 PPG) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 50 at 25 PPG. The Trojans passing attack has averaged 221.75 yards per game, less than the Bruins give up through the air (225.36 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Bruins own the league's No. 81-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 196.6 yards per game when on the road. Southern Cal, on the other hand, rates No. 98 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Bruins at Trojans trends to consider:
UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
UCLA is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
UCLA is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
UCLA is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Southern Cal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Cal's last 6 games
Southern Cal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

 

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