Arizona Wildcats (3-2) vs. USC Trojans (5-0)
The clash between Arizona Wildcats (3-2) and USC Trojans (5-0) is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing matchups in Week 6 of the college football season. Set to take place at the United Airlines Field at the LA Memorial Coliseum, both teams are eager to stamp their authority and get a win. Fans and punters alike are eagerly awaiting to see if the Trojans can maintain their undefeated streak or if the Wildcats can stage an upset, making the latest NCAAF picks even more enticing.
For the Wildcats, Running Back Jonah Coleman has been their rushing standout with 220 yards on 32 attempts, boasting an impressive average of 6.9 yards per rush. Not far behind, Wide Receiver Tetairoa McMillan has been stellar in his position, racking up 386 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
On the other side, the Trojans, undefeated so far, owe much of their success to Running Back MarShawn Lloyd who has accumulated 433 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Tahj Washington stands out as a potent weapon in the passing game with 395 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans Game Info
|Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 10:30 PM ET
|United Airlines Field at the LA Memorial Coliseum
Jayden de Laura QB vs. Caleb Williams QB
Jayden de Laura, Arizona’s main man under center, has been a crucial figure in their offensive exploits this season. His stats paint the picture of a quarterback with a penchant for accuracy, completing 87 of his 125 passing attempts, culminating in 1,069 yards. De Laura’s average of 8.6 yards per pass attempt signals his ability to drive the ball downfield and make significant gains. However, his figures are somewhat tainted by the 5 interceptions he’s thrown, indicating occasional lapses in decision-making. These turnovers, combined with the 6 times he has been sacked, costing the Wildcats 31 yards, show areas he needs to refine to become a more consistent threat.
Caleb Williams of the Trojans stands as a testament to elite quarterback play in the NCAAF this season. With a stellar 1,603 passing yards from 105 completions out of 141 attempts, he’s showcased precision, power, and intelligence. His exceptional completion percentage of 74.5% is indicative of a quarterback in full control, with his 21 touchdowns against a single interception emphasizing his efficiency. However, it’s not all been smooth sailing; Williams has been trapped behind the line 7 times this season, leading to a loss of 58 yards for the Trojans. Improving his pocket awareness and ensuring quicker releases could elevate his game even further.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: USC Trojans -2000, Total Odds: 71.5
The current betting odds heavily favor the USC Trojans, which is unsurprising given their undefeated status. However, considering the Trojans’ struggles against the spread and the Wildcats’ recent success ATS, there might be value for bettors in Arizona covering the 22-point spread.
Arizona Wildcats Betting Trends
The Wildcats have been solid against the spread, covering in 4 of their last 5 games. Their defensive play has notably kept the total points low, with the UNDER hitting in their last 5 games. However, their record on the road and against the Trojans isn’t promising, going 0-10 SU in their last 10 games against Southern California.
USC Trojans Betting Trends
Southern California, despite their flawless win record, have been inconsistent against the spread, covering in only 2 of their last 7 games. Their games tend to be high-scoring affairs, with 12 of the last 13 going OVER the set total. Their dominant home record, combined with their success against Arizona, puts them in a favorable position for this matchup.
Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans 10/7/23 Betting Picks
Given the trends and team forms, while USC is expected to win, Arizona covering the spread is a probable outcome. The Trojans’ recent inability to cover, combined with the Wildcats’ success ATS, suggests potential value in backing Arizona with the points.
For those looking for top online betting opportunities, the UNDER 71.5 might be worth considering, given the recent trend in Arizona’s games and USC’s defensive prowess.
Free Pick and Prediction: USC Trojans 38, Arizona Wildcats 20