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USC Winning But Has Been Fade Material For Bettors

USC keeps picking up W’s on the field but it has been a different story at the betting window. Although the Trojans sit at 6-1 SU, the team is just 1-6 ATS this season – while failing to cover in each of its past five. The Trojans will look to prove they belong in the national championship hunt when they visit No.13-ranked Notre Dame this Saturday.

  • USC RB Ronald Jones rushed for 134 yards and 1 TD vs Notre Dame last season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame’s last 8 games.
  • USC is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games against Notre Dame.

USC made fairly easy work of Notre Dame last season when the two programs clashed with the Trojans picking up a 45-27 victory. It was then USC star Adoree’ Jackson who took over that game, as the cornerback found the end zone on three occasions.

If USC wants to topple the ranked Fighting Irish this weekend, they need to play for an entire 60 minutes instead of the final 15. The Trojans have scored almost 43 percent of their points on the season in the fourth quarter and overtime. USC was down 21-7 at halftime last week vs Utah before outscoring the Utes 21-6 in the second half. Though USC is winning, this is not a trend that Clay Helton and the coaching staff should feel comfortable with.

Notre Dame has one of the most grueling stretches to close out their season with the Fighting Irish facing off against a ranked team in five of their final six games. A bye week was a welcome sight for Notre Dame, as it gave injured quarterback Brandon Wimbush a chance to heal up his ankle. The junior’s ability to run has created an unpredictable dynamic in Notre Dame’s offense but Wimbush will need to improve as a passer for the Irish Dame to survive the impending gauntlet.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were sitting as 3.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for OVER/UNDER betting purposes.

A 37-35 result in favor of the Fighting Irish was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

USC Trojans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 5-1 so far on the season, and 5-1 vs the point spread. The USC Trojans, meanwhile, are 6-1 and 1-6 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have seen Notre Dame go 4-2 and USC go 3-4 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Notre Dame vs USC injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 11 (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and the No. 16 (USC Trojans) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Notre Dame's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 40 PPG, against a USC defense that ranks No. 52 this week at 23.71 PPG. The Notre Dame aerial game is averaging 163.17 yards per game, less than the USC Trojans secondary allows through the air, 238.71 YPG per game.

Defensively, the USC Trojans feature the league's No. 31-rated road run defense, allowing 117.5 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 11 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Sam Darnold's 358-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as USC earned a 28-27 win over Utah on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Deon McIntosh went over the 100-yard mark (124) in his team's latest effort as Notre Dame defeated North Carolina by a score of 33-10 on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Southern California is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Southern California is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern California's last 5 games
  • Southern California is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Notre Dame is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 8 games
  • Notre Dame is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

USC at Arizona State, Saturday, October 28
Notre Dame home to NC State, Saturday, October 28