Playing this weekend in the Rose Bowl is about as close as the USC Trojans will come to a bowl game for the next couple of years, and anyone who’s been betting NCAA Football Odds involving Lane Kiffin’s band of misfits has been close to bashing their television sets. The USC Trojans will match up against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl to end their regular season, and both teams continue to be disasters on the college football line.
You use ATS records to measure how well a team has been playing against expectations of their coaching, talent and overall history. Considering that USC was slapped up the head with a bevy of fines and penalties in the wake of Reggie Bush’s transgressions, it’s still a positive thing that they’re headed in to their final game 7-5 SU.
However, against the college football lines they’ve gone 4-8 ATS and are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games on the road. They are a terribly untrustworthy team not just because of the sanctions that have killed their recruiting potential, but also because the Trojans aren’t living up to the talent potential they already possess.
That being said, this has always been a matchup that has favored the Trojans. They’re 9-1 SU against UCLA and are 6-4 ATS in the past 10 meetings. UCLA is also just 2-3 ATS in their past 5 games and simply haven’t been that consistent. Overall, they’re just 4-7 ATS this season.
Though you can say the exact same thing for the Bruins, the USC Trojans literally have nothing to play for in this game and that could motivate this team to finish off their season with a win. They’re still a much more talented and balanced team and when in doubt about two underachieving teams, you always take the one that is basically more talented.
Technically, when betting college football lines you’re unsure of you should take the points but that’s contrived advice in this game. UCLA is terrible and the only reason this game doesn’t’ have a higher line for USC is because it’s on neutral ground.
End your college football betting day with a victory and take the USC Trojans. They do not want to go in to the off-season with a loss to Notre Dame and UCLA on their backs, and though they have nothing left to play for, they still have their pride and some strong talent. Their college football line is worth taking regardless of what you think of Lane Kiffin.