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USC vs Utah Opening Odds – Utes 2.5-Point Favorites Over Trojans in Week 7 Pac-12 Showdown

Jack Magruder

by Jack Magruder in College Football

Oct 9, 2022 · 10:25 AM PDT

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams moving with the ball
Oct 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) directs a play against the Washington State Cougars in the first half at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • No. 11 Utah plays host to No. 6 USC in a pivotal Pac-12 game in Week 7 on Saturday, October 15.
  • Utah opened as a 2.5-point favorite for the game in Salt Lake City
  • Read below for the opening USC vs Utah odds and projected line movement

No. 11 Utah (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) faces an almost must-win scenario to get back into the Pac-12 South race at home against No. 6 USC (6-0, 3-0), one the league’s two remaining unbeatens. The Utes opened as 2.5-point favorites.

The Trojans extended first-year coach Lincoln Riley’s winning streak to six with a 30-14 victory over Washington State on Saturday, while the Utes enter after being upset 42-32 by UCLA (6-0, 3-0) in Pasadena as 3.5-point road favorites.

Here are the opening  odds, and the direction in which the USC vs Utah point spread is likely to move.

USC vs Utah Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
USC Trojans +2.5 (-110) NA NA
Utah Utes -2.5 (-110) NA NA

Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook on Oct 9. Claim the DraftKings promo code

Utah opened as a 2.5-point home favorite over undefeated USC. The Trojans, 4-2 ATS, are an underdog for the first time this season. The Utes are 1-2 SU and ATS in the last three games against USC but 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings with the Trojans at home. Utah 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games.

 

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USC is 4-2 ATS this season but 1-4 ATS in its last five on the road dating back to last season. The Trojans won the last meeting in Salt Lake City 33-17 in 2020, covering as a 1-point favorite. The game has gone over the total in five of the last seven meetings, and another was a push.

USC Keeps Rolling

USC improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2006 with a 30-14 victory over Washington State on Saturday, a good day for the Trojans’ portal transfers.

Oklahoma transfer quarterback Caleb Williams, a top contender in the Heisman Trophy odds, threw a pair of touchdown pasess to fellow Sooner transfer Mario WIlliams and former Oregon running back Travis Dye rushed for 149 yards and a score to keep ex-OU coach Lincoln Riley stay perfect.

The Trojans limited Washington State to 316 yards total offense and shut the Cougars out in the second half despite several absences. Linebacker Shane Lee missed the game because of a wrist injury and safety Calen Bullock was ejected for targeting in the second quarter. Bullock will  be eligible to return against Utah game.

Pitt wide receiver transfer Jordan Addison, the reigning Biletnikoff Award-winner, left the game in the second half with an undisclosed injury. He returned but did not have another reception.

Utah Falls Flat in LA

Utah was outplayed in a 42-32 loss to undefeated UCLA on Saturday, breaking a five-game winning streak against the Bruins. The game that was that close only because of a 80-yard interception return for touchdown by Utah cornerback Clark Phillips III with 31 seconds remaining. Phillips has five interceptions and has returned two for touchdowns this season.

The Utes’ defense failed to hold up against the Bruins, giving up 502 yards total offense, including 198 rushing yards to halfback Zach Charbonnet. They Utes had given up an average of 279 yards in its first five games.

Utah has struggled against dual-threat quarterbacks this season, losing 29-26 to Florida’s Anthony Richardson (274 yards total offense, three touchdowns) on opening day and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson (307 total yards, five touchdowns). USC’s Caleb Williams has not been the running threat he was last season at Oklahoma, but he has that ability.

Expected Line Movement

The line was all over the place Sunday morning. DraftKings posted Utah as a 2.5-point favorite early while FanDuel very briefly had USC as a 1.5-point favorite before immediately taking that number down. BetMGM also had the Trojans as an early 1.5-point favorite.

The Utes are in danger of falling two games behind UCLA and USC in the Pac-12 South — a division they have won three of the last four seasons — and they still have road games against Oregon and Washington State. Utah won this game 42-26 in the Coliseum last year.

Although Washington State’s defense did a good job against Caleb Williams, the public likes USC and always will, so expect the money to move toward the underdog.

 

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