USC are beating California in the current rivalry that they have, as they were able to win their last 10 games by a 20 points-per-game average, and along the way they went 8-2 ATS. Online bookmakers know that the Trojans want to continue to dominate on Thursday night in the race of the Pac-12 South when they take on the Golden Bears at home.
The betting line opened with USC as the favorites by 12 points.
After they could only win a single game last year under the guidance of coach Sonny Dykes, this year the Golden Bears are 5-4, and just a win away from being eligible for the bowl after a win of 45-31 a couple of weeks back against the Oregon State Beavers. The Bears started off at 4-1, and then ended up losing three in a row, but they made a huge effort when they took on the Beavers, as they were able to record 546 offensive yards, which include 269 in their ground game.
This helped the Bears earn their season’s second win on the road in the conference, and overall they clinched a third road win.
Actually, this year the Bears are 4-0 ATS in away games. Out of the four losses suffered by the team, one of them was because a Hail Mary right at the buzzer when they took on Arizona, and another one came thanks to a field goal made late in the game when they faced UCLA, and a few weeks back they were able to give Oregon a proper challenge.
USC recovered after a very difficult loss against the Utah Utes, taking out the Washington State Cougars a couple weeks back at 44-17, and covering as the favorites on the road by seven points. The Trojans had a lead of 24-0 and from there they flew, and were eventually able to make 527 offensive yards. Against the Cougars, only 21 passes were completed by QB Cody Kessler, but the player was then able to throw for 400 yards and five TD’s.
Therefore in the last three games that he played, Kessler was able to throw 14 passes for TD’s and only a single interception made. Online bookmakers can see that the Trojans are 6-3 SU, 6-3 ATS, as well as 5-2 in Pac-12 action, and in the Pac-12 South, the team is only half a meeting away from clinching the first position. And this year, the only meeting in which the Trojans were seriously outplayed took place in September, in the game against Boston College, only after winning against the Stanford Cardinal.
The Trojans are doing better on the field, and the Bears should work on their defense, but they were able to keep close most of the games that they played. Also, when it comes to the spread, the team playing at home has a bit of an edge; therefore it might be a good idea to go for Cal.