Week 3: Trojans vs Eagles Picks
NCAA Football Week 3 Betting action sees the ninth-ranked USC Trojans taking on the Boston College Eagles on Saturday September 13th at Alumni Stadium. Cappers Picks provides free college football handicapping tips all season long.
The Trojans of Southern California – though mostly being a mess since Pete Carroll scrambled to the NFL when the sanctions were coming – are finally rounding into form nationally. The home team Boston College should be in for a tricky evening when Steve Sarkisian’s athletes come in this weekend.
NCAA Football Wagering
USC vs. BC
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 13 2014, 8 pm EST
Venue: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill MA
USC -17, Boston College +17
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Despite a productive day from Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, the Trojans ground out a gutsy 13-10 victory against their rival last weekend. It’s a welcome change for USC, which often has wilted when the pressure mounts lately.
The Trojans definitely have the talent to be a threat this season. The nation’s 14th-ranked defense rolls out studs like DE Leonard Williams, LB Hayes Pullard, safety Su’a Cravens and CB Josh Shaw. Junior Cody Kessler has solidified the QB position and RB Javorious Allen has averaged 6.4 yards per carry thus far. Throw in gifted WR Nelson Agholor, and USC can hurt you in a myriad of ways.
The statement win against Stanford came on the heels of a 52-13 drubbing of Fresno State, so spirits are pretty high in Los Angeles right now. This week they literally travel across the country to tangle with the Eagles at Alumni Stadium.
Boston College’s passing attack has been abysmal and the Eagles did themselves no favors losing by 10 to Pittsburgh last week. Senior QB Tyler Murphy earns most of his scholarship on the ground (210 rush yards on just 29 carries) but BC’s one-dimensional offense isn’t striking much fear into the hearts of opponents – especially opponents as stacked as Southern Cal.
USC’s talented defensive line led by Williams should have a field day against an overmatched Eagles front five. It’s good that Murphy’s scrambling has proven so adept, because he’ll need every bit of that elusiveness against a group of disruptive defenders.
Pitt RB James Conner had 130 rushing yards in the first half last week, and Conner doesn’t have the same chops that Allen and SC’s deep stable of running backs bring to the table. The Trojans should score some points and have the men scattered throughout the defense to prevent Boston College from doing the same.
For the Eagles to pull off a win at home, Murphy must have an unprecedented day throwing the football. With Murphy barely cracking a 50% completion rate and throwing more interceptions than TDs, that doesn’t seem plausible.
College football betting trends
- USC are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- USC are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 12-5-1 in USC last 18 games overall.
- Under is 21-5 in BC last 26 non-conference games.
- BC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf.
- BC are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Look for USC to come in after a long trip east and convincingly take care of business in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
4* NCAA Free Football Pick: USC 35, Boston College 12
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