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USC Favored at Cal Thursday

The USC Trojans will look to continue their recent dominance over the California Golden Bears this Thursday night.

USC has won seven straight games against Cal, and is 5-2 ATS over that span.

Wide receiver Robert Woods continued his assault on the USC record books in the Trojans' last game against Arizona, catching 14 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

View Southern Cal vs California Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Fans backing the Golden Bears here saw them open as 3.5-point underdogs in this college football clash.The total settled in early around 55.5, but keep an eye on late changes heading towards Thursday's kickoff.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Golden Bears sit at No. 28 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Trojans are at No. 85 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Golden Bears will win this game 36-33.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up California's No. 32-ranked offense (34.6 PPG) against a Trojans defense that ranks No. 63 at 26.4 PPG. The Golden Bears passing attack has averaged 300.4 yards per game, more than the Trojans give up through the air (267.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Trojans feature the league's No. 61-rated road run defense, allowing 169 yards per game. California, meanwhile, ranks No. 25 in rushing offense at home.

Southern Cal won its last outing, a 48-41 result against Arizona on October 1. Southern Cal failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite, while the 89 combined points took the game OVER the total.

California lost its last outing, a 43-15 result against Oregon on October 6. California failed to cover in that game as a 24-point underdog, while the 58 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Southern Cal Trojans Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 3-7

 

A few Trojans at Golden Bears trends to consider:
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing California
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Cal's last 7 games when playing California
Southern Cal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Southern Cal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against California
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of California's last 7 games when playing Southern Cal
California is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 6 games at home
California is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
Southern Cal at Notre Dame, Saturday, October 22
California home to Utah, Saturday, October 22

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