UCLA vs USC NCAA Football Tips 11/23/2019
Game: UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: USC -6
Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the UCLA Bruins travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday where they'll meet the USC Trojans. UCLA opens this game as 6-point underdogs. The Bruins are 4-5-1 ATS and 4-5-1 when betting on the total. The Trojans are 6-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-5-1 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the UCLA Bruins went up against the Utah Utes and ended up taking the loss by a score of 49-3. Joshua Kelley led the team on the ground in the game. He tore off a long run of 13 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 78 yards by way of 19 carries which had him averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Kyle Philips was the receiving yardage leader by earning 86 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 12.3 yards per catch in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Bruins was Dorian Thompson-Robinson who went 20/36 with 219 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He gave away 2 interceptions on the day. The Bruins ran the football 37 times and generated 50 yards which gave them an average of 1.4 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the Bruins totaled 18 1st downs and they totaled 2 infractions for 10 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. On the day, they totaled 73 plays for 269 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, UCLA conceded 14 catches on 19 tries for a total of 335 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.7%. On the ground, the Bruins conceded 201 yards on 38 tries which means they had an average of 5.3 yards per carry allowed. On the day, they gave up 536 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Bruins head into this matchup 4-6 for the 2019 season. For total yardage, they sit in 9th in the Pac-12 and 79th in D-1 with 3,927 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 26.7 points per contest, ranking them 81st in D-1. As a team, they are averaging 158.7 yards on the ground per contest which is 5th in the Pac-12. The Bruins have one of the most lackluster defenses in the country, allowing 33.7 points per contest ranking them 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. In discussing yards rushing, UCLA is allowing 143.6 yards per game ranking them 6th in the Pac-12 and 50th in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.2 yards per rush ranking them 6th in the conference and 67th in the country overall. In total, they have allowed 1,436 rushing yards through 10 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Bruins have conceded 2,340 yards. Teams are completing 65.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 9.1 yards per attempt.
In their last contest, the USC Trojans took on the California Golden Bears and won 41-17. Leading the way at QB for the Trojans was Kedon Slovis who went 29/35 with 406 yards through the air and threw 4 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions. Kenan Christon led the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 23 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for 44 yards on 9 carries which meant he averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Michael Pittman Jr. was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 180 yards on 11 receptions. He averaged 16.4 yards per reception for that contest. The Trojans ran the football 27 times and totaled 56 yards earning them an average of 2.1 yards per attempt. On the day, the Trojans racked up a total of 18 1st downs and they totaled 8 penalties for 75 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. For the game, they finished with a total of 62 plays for 462 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, USC allowed 15 completions on 32 attempts for a total of 128 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.9%. In the running game, the Trojans allowed 135 yards on 29 runs which is an average of 4.7 yards per attempt allowed. For this contest, they allowed a total of 263 yards and earned 2 takeaways.
The Trojans step onto the field holding a record of 7-4. USC is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 126.1 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 112th in Division 1. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,387 rushing yards through 11 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Trojans average 445.7 yards per contest overall putting them 35th in the country and 5th in the conference. The Trojans are allowing 27.1 points per contest ranking them 6th in the Pac-12 Conference and 64th in the country. In regard to points given up, they have given up 298 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are allowing 167.5 yards per game ranking them 76th in D-1 and 10th in the Pac-12. For this year, they have given up a total of 1,843 rushing yards and 14.3 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middling units in the nation. They are allowing 236.4 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Trojans are currently ranked 4th in the Pac-12.
Who will win tonight's Bruins/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Trojans -6
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