USC vs UCLA: Odds, Preview, Pick

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USC vs UCLA: Rivalry Week Analyst Pick

It's rivalry week and we've got a fun Pac-12 matchup in LA featuring two of the best QBs in the nation as USC hosts UCLA at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans dominated last year's matchup 36-14 as they dominated the time of possession (43:47).

USC vs UCLA 2017

Vegas Odds
There has been very little movement on the spread or total since they opened earlier this week. The Trojans opened at 15-point favorites before settling in a half-point higher.

Betting Line: USC -15.5
Total: 71.5

At the time of publication, about 61 percent of the public was laying the points at home and taking USC. 73 percent of the wagers on the total have been on the OVER.

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Betting Trends


• The total has gone OVER in seven of UCLA's last 10 games.
• The total has gone OVER in four of USC's last five games.
• USC is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games at home.

What to Watch For
Since putting up just 14 points against Notre Dame, the USC offense has gotten back on track averaging 45 points and 590 yards of offense over their last three matchups. The Trojans' offense goes as QB Sam Darnold does and he'll look to make a statement against a rival who features a QB that just might be picked ahead of himself in next year's NFL Draft.

Darnold is projected to finish with 320 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.

UCLA heads into this matchup coming off a 44-37 win over Arizona State. Although their defense giving up 37 points is somewhat concerning, the offense was firing on all cylinders with QB Josh Rosen. He has been great at home this year, but on-and-off on the road. This is in LA, but still a road game. He enters this matchup with 8 TDs and 7 INTs on the road this year (four games).

Rosen is projected to finish with 308 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.

Analyst's Pick

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