USC Trojans vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 10/28/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Location: California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Bears (+8)
The USC Trojans (6-2) are en route to California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 28, 2023 where they will meet the California Golden Bears (3-4). USC opens this contest as 8-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 67.5.
The USC Trojans step onto the field holding a record of 6-2 for this year. In their last game, the Trojans went up against the Utah Utes and went home with a loss by a final score of 34-32. Caleb Williams went 24/34 with 256 yards passing. He had a quarterback rate of 133.8 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Marshawn Lloyd was the best rusher for the Trojans with 7 totes for 86 yds (12.3 yards per carry). When all was said and done, they ran 58 plays which gave them 401 yds. The USC Trojans ran the ball 23 times and accumulated 145 yds, which came out to an average of 6.3 yds per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Trojans gave up 247 yds on 47 attempts, which is 5.3 yds per run surrendered. USC allowed 14 completions on 23 tries for a total of 235 yards, and a completion rate of 60.9%.
Regarding scoring points, the USC Trojans are averaging 45.4 points per game. Offensively they hold an average of 157.9 yards rushing ranking them 65th in the nation. The Trojans have racked up 3,849 total yards for the season. In terms of scoring touchdowns, USC has earned 24 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing touchdowns. USC has 192 first downs as a team, and they have committed 66 infractions for 594 yards. They have turned the football over 10 times.
Concerning yards through the air, the Trojans are conceding 1,947 yds which puts them in 117th in college football. They have conceded 243.4 yards per game via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 60.9%. Overall, they are surrendering 407.6 yards/outing ranking them 107th in Division 1. They have yielded 20 touchdowns via the pass and 9 touchdowns pounding the rock. The opposition is running for 4.4 yards per run and 164.3 yards on the ground per contest so far this season. Overall, they have conceded 1,314 rushing yards through 8 games. The Trojans sit in 107th in the country concerning team defense, giving up 30.5 points per game.
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The Golden Bears head into this game 3-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Golden Bears went home defeated by a final of 34-14 against the Utah Utes. Fernando Mendoza (2 TDs) walked away from the contest with 149 yards on 10/17 passing while his quarterback rating was 159.5. He had 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 8.8. Jaydn Ott ran the ball 8 times for 46 yards, finishing the contest with 5.8 yds per attempt for California. The Golden Bears ended up finishing with 254 yds while running 55 plays (4.6 yards per play). California ended up running for 2.8 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 66 yds on 24 attempts. California gave up 53 rushing attempts for 317 yds (6.0 yds per rush). The Golden Bears passing defense allowed a completion rate of 68.2%, relinquishing 128 yds on 15 out of 22 through the air.
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Golden Bears currently rank 53rd in Division 1 by scoring 29.9 points per game. The California Golden Bears have an average of 407.6 yards per contest, which has them sitting 56th in the country. The California offense has 285 penalty yards on 37 violations, which has them ranked 100th in Division 1 in terms of making mistakes. They have given away 8 picks while conceding 4 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 157 first downs. For the year thus far, the Golden Bears currently have a total of 1,484 passing yards as well as holding an average of 212.0 throwing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 88th in Division 1. They maintain an average of 195.6 yards per game on the ground and have toted the ball for 1,369 yards in total.
The Golden Bears are allowing 31.1 points per contest, which has them 110th in D-1. California has allowed a total of 1,021 yards via the ground game (145.9 yards per outing) as well as 11 touchdowns via the rush for the season. Overall, they have allowed 218 total points. They have allowed 15 touchdowns through the air in addition to 246.0 yards per outing, which has them in 99th in the country. The Golden Bears defense has been on the field for 460 plays, ranking them 42nd in Division 1. Their defense has totaled 7 fumbles and 7 picks so far this season.
Who will win tonight's Trojans/Golden Bears college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Trojans -8
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