Southern Cal vs Arizona State Picks & College Football Predictions
We have Southern Cal vs Arizona State Picks & College Football Predictions for the game on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Arizona.
USC is coming off a crushing home loss to No. 7 Oregon that knocked the Trojans out of the Pac-12 South lead. They will look to rebound and clinch a bowl bid as it goes on the road to face Arizona State.
Kickoff will be at 3:30 P.M. EST on Saturday, Nov. 9. The current betting odds have Arizona State as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 56 points.
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Southern Cal Trojans Form
A clear path to the Pac 12 Championship Game hit a major roadblock for the Trojans last Saturday night when the Ducks (-4) came to LA and throttled USC, 56-24.
The loss dropped USC to 5-4 overall, but more importantly saw the Trojans fall behind Utah in the Pac 12 South division.
Before the loss, all USC had to do was win out and it would have been heading to the conference title game. However, it will now need some unlikely help from the Utes if it wants that chance.
Averaging just over 30 points per game, USC ranks ninth in the Pac 12 in scoring. That’s despite playing three different QBs and an array of different RBs due to injuries.
Freshman All-American candidate QB Kedon Slovis is completing 68% of his passes and has thrown 16 TDs. But, he had a tough outing against Oregon.
The lack of a consistent running game has hurt the Trojans. Especially the last two weeks when they’ve been held to a total of 203 yards on 51 attempts.
On defense, USC is ranked ninth in the Pac 12 giving up 426 yards per game, and seventh in points against, allowing 28.3 points per game.
Arizona State Sun Devils Form
The Sun Devils got a much-needed bye last week after dropping two straight games. They came on the road to Utah (21-3) as a 16-point dog, and UCLA (42-32) as a 3.5-point favorite.
Those two losses saw ASU fall to 5-3 overall and to the second-to-last spot in the Pac 12 South standings at 2-3.
The team needs a win on Saturday against visiting USC to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2016.
To do so, it would help if the offense could improve on its 23 points per game and 366 yards per game. Both of which rank the Sun Devils 10th in the conference.
The ASU defense has held four of seven opponents to 21 points or less. But got walloped for 42 points in its last outing in the loss to UCLA and also gave up 34 points to both Colorado and Washington State.
For the season, the Arizona State “D” ranks third in the Pac 12 in yards allowed per game (357) and fourth in points allowed per game (21.1).
Southern Cal vs Arizona State Head-to-Head
Southern Cal leads the all-time series, 22-13, but the Sun Devils won in Los Angeles last season in a come-from-behind 38-35 victory as a 3-point dog.
The loss ended USC’s 14-game Pac-12 home game winning streak and was Clay Helton’s first loss in the Coliseum as USC’s head coach.
The two teams have split the last eight games in the series. Before that USC had won 11 in a row.
Southern Cal vs Arizona State Picks
Tough to back the Trojans here for a variety of reasons.
For all intents and purposes, the Trojans took themselves out of the race for the Pac 12 South division last week in the loss to Oregon. That rekindled the talk about Helton getting fired, and that’s a huge distraction.
Also, USC is fighting a laundry list of injuries and has struggled in recent years away from home, going 5-10 against the spread. That includes just 1-4 ATS as a road dog and 0-4 as a road dog of seven points or less.
Meanwhile, as the Trojans are playing their third road game in a five-week stretch, the Sun Devils had last week off and got a chance to regroup.
Arizona State has won 13 of its last 17 home games and is 5-2 against the spread when coming home off a road loss.
Southern Cal vs Arizona State Pickss: Arizona State -1 @ BetOnline