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USC Trojans 2015 NCAA Football Gambling Odds & Picks

2015-2016 Football Previews (Pac-12) – Trojans

The USC Trojans are set to enter the 2015-16 NCAA Football season with high expectations. We’ve seen this from them before in recent years, but there’s reason to believe that this is the time they live up to those lofty predictions.

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Pac-12 2015-2016 College Football Preview – USC Trojans

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian
2014 Record: 9-4
Odds to Win College Football Championship (from Bovada): 16/1
Odds to win Pac-12 (from GTbets): 9/5
Season Win Total (from 5Dimes): 8.5

At this point in the offseason, with spring camp behind us, the Trojans are a top-five team in terms of 2016 National Championship odds. They’re fifth at 16/1 odds, placing them behind only the Ohio State Buckeyes (3/1), Alabama Crimson Tide (15/2), Auburn Tigers (9/1) and TCU Horned Frogs (10/1).

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Last season, USC went 9-4, with their losses coming against Boston College, Arizona State, No. 19 Utah and No. 9 UCLA. They did win impressive contests against No. 13 Stanford and No. 10 Arizona, and they capped off the year with a barn-burning 45-42 victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the National University Holiday Bowl.

Team Strengths

The Trojans have the luxury of bringing back 14 starters from last year’s squad. Continuity won’t be tough to come by on this roster, but the one to focus on first is quarterback Cody Kessler.

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Led by Kessler, this group has a chance to be one of the most potent offenses in the nation. In his junior year last season, Kessler completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. he also tossed for 39 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

Along with Kessler, USC has one of the best receiving core-offensive line combos in the country. Nelson Agholor has left, but JuJu Smith, who was a Freshman All-American last season, will be a new No. 1 option. There’s also Steven Mitchell, and Adoree’ Jackson — another Freshman All-American.

Javorius Allen leaves a hole at running back after leaving, but the team hopes to use Justin Davis and Tre Madden as a tandem replacement.

As for that offensive line, it could very well be the deepest and strongest aspect of this roster. Needless to say, Kessler and crew will have plenty of protection in the backfield.

Team Weaknesses

The Trojans will have to deal with the loss of one of the best defensive ends in the country in All-American Leonard Williams — as well as the team’s leading tackler Hayes Pullard. USC isn’t without talent on that end of the field, but it’s never easy to replace a core cog from within your system.

Another area of question is at placekicker. New guys Matt Boermeester and Alex Wood will both compete for the position, but it’s tough to say who will land the job for Week 1.

The other area we’re going to consider a weakness is a bit more subjective, and it may be a bit unfair, but we’re going to hit it anyway.

This team has not lived up to expectations the way fans and boosters would like to see. The program has recovered about as well as it can following the down years as a result of NCAA violations, but we just can’t completely count them as favorites until we see them avoid losses to less-talented programs.

USC Trojans 2015-2016 Prediction: 10-2

With fall football camp nearing, USC is pegged at a projected season win total of 8.5. I know we haven’t seen an elite Trojans squad hit the field in quite some time, but that number seems low, even given any negative speculation.

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Arizona State, Oregon, (possibly) Stanford and UCLA look like the biggest chances for USC to either prove themselves or walk away with losses this season. Assuming the team doesn’t drop any contests against lower-level opponents, you’re probably looking at a nine- or 10-win program this year.

USC Trojans 2015 Football Schedule

  • Sat, Sept 5 vs. Arkansas State
  • Sat, Sept. 12 vs. Idaho
  • Sat, Sept. 19 vs. Stanford
  • Sat, Sept. 26 @ Arizona State
  • Thu, Oct. 8 vs. Washington
  • Sat, Oct. 17 @ Notre Dame
  • Sat, Oct. 24 vs. Utah
  • Sat, Oct. 31 @ California
  • Sat, Nov. 7 vs. Arizona
  • Fri, Nov. 13 @ Colorado
  • Sat, Nov. 21 @ Oregon
  • Fri, Nov. 28 vs. UCLA

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Free Pick: Nebraska vs. #24 USC: Holiday Bowl Betting Odds & Preview

Holiday Bowl: Cornhuskers vs Trojans Odds

The National University Holiday Bowl Bowl betting action sees the Nebraska Cornhuskers taking on the #24 USC Trojans on Saturday, December 27th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Cappers Picks provides free NCAA football handicapping tips all season long.

The biggest storyline in this game is the ongoing whirlwind of negative attention brought on by the firing of head coach Bo Pelini at Nebraska. Now at Youngstown State, Pelini is being replaced by Oregon State’s Mike Reilly, who is stepping back and letting 8-year Cornhusker assistant coach Barney Cotton.

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2014 Holiday Bowl
Nebraska (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) @ #24 USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12)
Saturday, December 27th 8:00 PM ET @ Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego
NCAA Football Spread: USC -7
NCAA Football O/U: 51.5
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Both Nebraska and USC are known as big time football schools. Oddly enough, this is only the fifth time these two will meet, with USC leading the series 3-0-1. And as the first year under Steve Sarkisian at the helm, the Trojans are trying to avoid a 5 loss campaign.

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The Cornhuskers and Trojans both had stellar play from their big 3: their #1 starting QB, RB, and WR that propelled them both into this bowl game. While conference titles would have been nice, these two schools are happy to be duking it out in San Diego.


Cotton, who will be taking over the team for the game, has been a coach at the school for 8 years and was also an offensive lineman there as a student-athlete. He’ll be looking to keep the team focused and prepared coming into this huge game.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. has been stellar for the Cornhuskers. He was 152 of 294 passing for 2,314 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has 133 carries on the ground, netting 664 yards and 5 scores. His biggest target through the air has been Kenny Bell. Bell has 40 receptions for 717 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The second leading receiver on the team, Jordan Westerkamp, has 41 receptions for 666 yards and 4 touchdowns.

On the ground, you couldn’t hear about top running backs this season without hearing Ameer Abdullah’s name. So far, he has 237 carries for 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also has 16 receptions for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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The defense is going to have their hands full in this one. Team leaders on defense showed their worth this season, only losing 3 games in their 2014 campaign…so far. Zaire Anderson is leading the team in tackles with 95, Randy Gregory has the lead with 7 sacks and Nate Gerry has 5 interceptions for the Husker defense.

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Cody Kessler stood out in a big way this season for the Trojans. Clearly the #1 starter coming out of camp, Kessler took the job and ran with it. This season, he has amassed 3,505 yards, 36 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 292 of 413 passing.

On the ground, Javorious “Buck” Allen (I don’t get it, either) has been the clear leader this season. With 250 carries, Allen was able to rack up 1,337 yards and 9 scores on the ground. He was also third on the team in receiving with 40 catches for 442 yards and a touchdown.

After Allen is Justin Davis, who had 125 carries this season for 550 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Nelson Algholor is leading the receivers this season. So far, he has 97 catches for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns. JuJu Smith is next with 51 receptions for 658 yards and 5 touchdowns of his own. George Farmer had 24 catches for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Trojan defense has been no slouch this season, either. Giving up 23.8 points per game, the team is looking to let Su’a Cravens, who has 16 tackles for loss, loose on the Nebraska offense.

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The Cornhuskers should also be wary of Hayes Pullard, who has been a terror in the USC defense all year.

NCAA football handicapping trends

  •  Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games
  •  Cornhuskers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pac-12
  •  Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games
  •  Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Bowl games
  •  Trojans are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten

Holiday Bowl Prediction

This has the makings to be a very good game. Despite the fact the teams will match up well on the field, you have to keep into consideration the level of disappointment the Husker players showed after the loss of Pelini.

Free 4* NCAA Betting Pick: USC -7

Their attitude will make or break the game for them as they can take the emotional momentum and use it against the Trojans or they can continue to focus on the negative and let it affect their play.

Final Holiday Bowl Score: Nebraska 20 – USC 38

Either way, I honestly believe USC just has too much firepower for Nebraska to keep up with.

Check out our Updated College Football Bowl Game Odds.

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