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Colorado Buffaloes vs USC Trojans Game Preview

Colorado BuffaloesSouthern Cal Trojans
Oct 20, 6:00 PM | Grass of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Colorado Buffaloes vs Southern Cal Trojans Odds


Southern Cal will look to improve on its 5-1 record this week when they host Colorado in Week 8 action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.

The Buffaloes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday and they get 40.5 points on the spread at most sportsbooks; they are 1-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Trojans are 1-5 ATS. Colorado is 3-2 on the totals; Southern Cal is 2-4.

View Colorado vs Southern Cal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Trojans as 40-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had been hovering around 57.5 at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 18 (Trojans) and the No. 124 (Buffaloes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 42-8 result in favor of the Trojans is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Cal's No. 49-ranked offense (32.3 PPG) against a Buffaloes defense that ranks No. 120 at 41.3 PPG. The Trojans passing attack has averaged 249.5 yards per game, less than the Buffaloes give up through the air (312.7 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Buffaloes own the league's No. 55-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 154.3 yards per game when on the road. Southern Cal, on the other hand, rates No. 50 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Colorado was a 51-17 loser in their most recent outing at home against Arizona State. They failed to cover the 22-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (68) made winners of OVER bettors. Colorado didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Sun Devils as Arizona State blasted them 51-17 in Week 7 action.

Southern Cal won its last outing, a 24-14 result against Washington on October 13. Southern Cal failed to cover in that game as a 14-point favorite, while the 38 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Last time we saw the Huskies, they had no answer for Silas Redd as the Trojans rolled to a 24-14 victory at CenturyLink Field.

Colorado Buffaloes Trends:
When playing in October are 0-10
When playing on grass are 1-9
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 3-7

Southern Cal Trojans Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Buffaloes at Trojans trends to consider:
Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Colorado is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Colorado is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Southern Cal is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Southern Cal is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Cal's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Cal's last 7 games

Next up:
Colorado at Oregon, Saturday, October 27
Southern Cal at Arizona, Saturday, October 27