#14 Utah vs #18 USC Odds, and Picks (Oct 21)
- Utah handled business against California, winning 34-14 on Saturday.
- USC was overwhelmed by Notre Dame, losing 48-20, and falling to 6-1.
- These two teams last met on December 2, 2022, in a game Utah won 47-24.
The college football season is in full swing. Let’s preview the upcoming Utah vs USC matchup. The Trojans have slid well out of CFP contention, but can return to the conversation with a win over top-15 Utah here.
How to Watch
Utah had little trouble against Cal last week, winning 34-14. They now sit at 5-1 on the season, with their one loss coming on the road against #12 Oregon State. Upcoming games against #18 USC, #9 Oregon, and #5 Washington provide the Utes with plenty of chances to build their CFP résumé. On the other hand, one more loss would likely eliminate them from CFP contention. Utah will continue to rely on their defense.
USC took their first loss of the season against Notre Dame. They were struggling on defense for multiple weeks in a row, but surviving thanks to their offense. Unfortunately, the Trojans finally faced an opponent with a top-tier defense and offense, and they did not fare well. After losing 48-20 to Notre Dame, USC is in desperate need of a bounce back win this week against Utah, with Washington and Oregon also looming.
This will be a very interesting game between two solid Pac-12 teams. USC remains at the top of the Pac-12 standings since their loss to Notre Dame was non-conference. That allows them to control their own destiny. At the same time, a second loss would be detrimental to their CFP hopes, as it would be to Utah’s. The Trojans defense may finally get a bit of a break here. I see USC winning it at home, but not covering.
- USC 27, Utah 24 (UTAH +6.5)