College Football Picks: UCLA vs. USC Betting Preview

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:25 PM GMT

The #22 and #23-ranked teams in the BCS meet up inside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. How are the college football odds shaping up? 


Odds Overview
 

The Trojans (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) come in favored  over the Bruins (8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS) the sportsbooks, with the lines showing a spread of 3.5. The O/U ranges from 51.5 to 52.5.

The game will kickoff at 8:00 PM EST and will be televised nation-wide on ABC.

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UCLA Bruins

The Bruins come in with a 8-3 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the Pac-12. Their three losses have come to Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State, though they did secure nice wins over Arizona and Washington.

Last week didn't go so well though as UCLA fell by five at home against Arizona State, which ended a three-game winning streak.

QB Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes (one interception), while Myles Jack and Paul Perkins combined for 146 rushing yards and two scores. But, despite trying to make a late rally, it just wasn't meant to be for the Bruins. 

There's no time to reflect on what went wrong if you're UCLA though. Beating the Trojans on Saturday would give the Bruins a second-place finish in the Pac-12 South and would assure them a much bigger bowl. 

UCLA will feeling confident knowing they won last season's meeting at the Rose Bowl by 10 points, but it's going to be mighty difficult to repeat that kind of effort at the Coliseum.

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USC Trojans

Lane Kiffin has been long forgotten in Los Angeles. 

The work of Ed Orgeron has been nothing short of miraculous, as he's brought this disheveled and under-performing group together to do some pretty great things over the past couple of months. They've notched five straight victories, beating Utah (19-3) and Stanford (20-17) at home and Oregon State (31-14), California (62-28) and Colorado (47-29) on the road. 

QB Cody Kessler seems to be getting more and more comfortable in leading the offense, going three straight games without an interception. 

At running back, Javorius Allen has become the main guy. He's run for at least 133 yards in three of USC's past four matchups – last weekend he had 169 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Buffaloes. 

This one's going to come down to whether or not USC can get it done with a sound defensive effort. They looked shaky in that respect against Colorado, but before that they had allowed an average of only 15.2 points over their previous five games. The Trojans really need to be disciplined against the talented Hundley.

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College Football Pick 

A lot on the line here. A trip to a much more respected bowl and of course bragging rights in the city of Los Angeles. 

All in all, Orgeron has done a phenomenal job since taking over the Trojans and it's clear this team has rallied behind him. We like the home team in this spot. 

Winning streaks have to come to an end at some point, but we don't foresee USC's reckoning day coming just yet. They've won five in a row, including a hard-fought 20-17 win over Stanford, and we expect them to make it six this weekend. 

In what should be a fantastic battle for our college football picks, we're laying the number and siding with the Trojans to improve to 7-1 under Orgeron. 

Free Pick: USC Trojans -3.5