College Football Picks: Tough Schedule Won't Intimidate USC Trojans

Ross Benjamin

Monday, July 13, 2015 4:43 PM GMT

Our veteran college football handicapping professional takes a look at the 2015 regular season win totals for USC. Will they go over or under the posted total of 9.0? Read this revealing betting preview article to get that answer.

College Football Win Totals Futures for 2015 USC Trojans
I’m going to be previewing and focusing primarily on the current future regular season win total for the 2015 USC Trojans. According to the college football odds at Bovada, USC going over 9.0 regular season wins comes at a price of -130, and under 9.0 is -110.

 

USC 2015 Schedule
Sept. 5 - Arkansas State
Sept. 12 - Idaho
Sept. 19 - Stanford
Sept. 26 - at Arizona State
Oct. 8 - Washington
Oct. 17 - at Notre Dame
Oct. 24 - Utah
Oct. 31 - at California
Nov. 7 - Arizona
Nov. 13 - at Colorado
Nov. 21 - at Oregon
Nov. 28 – UCLA


The Trojans schedule shapes up to be extremely tough. The majority of strength in their schedule is a result of playing in one of the country’s best power conferences (Pac-12). They open the season with a couple of non-conference cream puffs in Arkansas State and Idaho. However, starting with a game three home contest versus Stanford, the level of competition becomes fierce from that point on. The record of their last ten opponents on their schedule combined to go 83-49 (.629) in 2014. On a positive note, USC will play seven home games compared to five on the road. With all things being considered, the schedule in terms of strength will be one of the five toughest in the nation.

 

Trojans Outlook
The USC offense will be in very capable hands with senior quarterback Cody Kessler slinging the pigskin. Kessler is a legitimate candidate for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. During the 2014 season, Kessler completed 69.8% of his pass attempts for 3826 yards, tossed 39 touchdown passes, and was intercepted just 5 times. He’ll be leading a very talented offense that turned the ball over on just 12 occasions last season. The defense returns 7 starters from a year ago, and should be a very formidable unit.

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Final Analysis
USC finished 9-4 a season ago and with a bit of luck could’ve easily won at least two more games. They lost on a “Hail Mary” pass for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter during a 38-34 home defeat against Arizona State. They also were beaten 24-21 at Utah when the Utes scored the go ahead touchdown with 0:08 left in the fourth quarter. Three of the Trojans four losses in 2014 came by a combined 13 points, and they’re only double digit loss was 38-20 at UCLA.

The quality of depth on this roster has dramatically improved now that all sanctions have been lifted from the Pete Carroll era. I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw USC as one of the four participating teams in the 2016 college football playoff. However, for now I’m all aboard in terms of a wager on the Trojans surpassing 9 regular season wins for one of my college football picks.

College Football Pick: Play on USC over 9.0 (-130) regular season wins at Bovada.