USC vs. BYU Betting Odds & Preview: Market Falling for Trojans Too Soon?

Sep 14, 2019 02:00 PM EDT

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kedon Slovis

USC at BYU Betting Odds, Pick

  • Spread: BYU +4.5
  • Moneyline: BYU +165, USC -200
  • Over/Under: 55.5
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC

This excerpt is from Collin Wilson’s Saturday betting card, available to Action EDGE members. Get all his picks here.

The last 14 days have probably been a whirlwind for USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis.

A JT Daniels injury combined with an explosive victory over Stanford has Slovis taking on all the spotlight at Southern Cal.

USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has successfully upgraded the quarterback position, while the defense shut out Stanford in the second half.

But is there too much love in the market for the Trojans?

The Trojans will have to rebound for a non-conference road trip to BYU. While Clay Helton needs every victory, this is an overlook game for the players with a short-rest week and Utah on deck — a game that could determine the Pac-12 South.

The numbers backup the theory that Slovis may have tougher time with the Cougars defense.

BYU gave up just one pass over 20 yards against Tennessee, and the Cougars were first in the nation in 2018 in opponent IsoPPP. Tennessee and Utah have been able to move the ball down the field with efficiency, but limiting the big play has been the staple for BYU.

This game will be another grind, which is BYU’s weekly objective. Expect quarterback Zach Wilson to be accurate and mobile, while Slovis will have plenty of success moving the chains in the short passing game but little creating big plays.

The Action Network power ratings make this game USC -1, suggesting any number on BYU over +3 has value on the home underdog.

Pick: BYU +4.5

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