Arizona vs USC College Football Betting Tips
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Kedon Slovis and the USC Trojans play the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Arizona opens this contest as 8.5-point dogs. The Wildcats are 2-3-1 ATS and 4-2-0 when betting on the total. The Trojans are 2-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-3-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Arizona Wildcats played the Washington Huskies and took the defeat by a score of 51-27. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Wildcats was Khalil Tate who went 13/25 with 184 yards passing and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. J.J. Taylor led the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 89 yards via 18 carries which meant he averaged 4.9 yards per run. Cedric Peterson was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 64 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 21.3 yards per catch for that game. The Wildcats ended up running the ball 39 times and earned a total of 151 yards which earned them an average of 3.9 yards per rush. In all, they ran 72 plays for a total of 360 yards. Overall, the Wildcats got 18 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 33 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. When discussing the defense, Arizona gave up 15 catches on 22 attempts for a total of 243 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.2%. In the running game, the Wildcats gave up 211 yards on 42 carries which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per run allowed. On the day, they gave up 454 yards and earned 1 takeaway.
The Wildcats step onto the field holding a record of 4-2 this season. For total yards, they sit in 2nd in the Pac-12 Conference and 12th in Division 1 with 3,056 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 35.5 points per game, which has them at 32nd in Division 1. As a team, they have an average of 209.3 rushing yards per contest which is 2nd in the conference. The Wildcats have one of the worst defenses in college football, giving up 33 points per game which has them at 9th in the Pac-12. In discussing yards rushing, Arizona is allowing 153.2 yards per game putting them 6th in the conference and 63rd in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per rush ranking them 8th in the conference and 85th in Division 1 overall. In total, they have allowed 919 rushing yards through 6 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Wildcats have allowed 1,800 yards. Teams are completing 61% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.4 yards per try.
The last time they took the field, the USC Trojans went up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and lost 30-27. Markese Stepp paced the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 25 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 82 yards on 10 carries which gave him an average of 8.2 yards per tote. Amon-Ra St. Brown was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 112 yards on 8 catches. He averaged 14.0 yards per catch for the game. Running the show from under center for the Trojans was Kedon Slovis who went 24/35 with 255 yards through the air and tossed 2 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception. The Trojans ran the ball 35 times and earned a total of 171 yards which earned them an average of 4.9 yards per rush. In all, they finished with a total of 70 plays which added up to 426 yards. In the game, the Trojans earned 25 1st downs and they had a total of 1 penalty for 15 yards telling us that they had a strong outing in terms of discipline. In terms of defense, USC conceded 17 completions on 32 tries totaling 165 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.1%. On the ground, the Trojans conceded 308 yards on 48 tries which means they had an average of 6.4 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they conceded a total of 473 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover.
The Trojans head into this game 3-3. USC needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 142.8 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 91st in the country. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 857 rushing yards through 6 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Trojans average 428.8 yards per contest overall ranking them 51st in college football and 6th in the Pac-12. The Trojans are conceding 25.7 points per contest ranking them 6th in the conference and 59th in college football. In discussing points given up, they have given up 154 total points. In terms of yards rushing, they are allowing 197.3 yards per game which puts them at 103rd in the country and 11th in the Pac-12. For this year, they have given up 1,184 yards rushing and 9 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the nation. They are conceding 224.5 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Trojans are currently ranked 5th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Trojans -8.5
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