NCAAF Games of the Year: USC out for revenge versus Arizona

Jun 21, 2013 |
Odds are out for the biggest games of the college football season. Covers Expert Matt Fargo gives you his insight into some of the marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.

NCAAF Week 7: Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans (-7)
 
Past History: USC 8-2 SU, 3-7 ATS, 4-6 O/U since 2003
 
Early look at the Wildcats: Arizona finished 8-5 last season which included a bowl win against Nevada. Three of those five losses were by a touchdown or fewer despite the Wildcats possessing the 118th ranked defense in the country. That stop unit needs to improve for Arizona to take a step forward. This is the second season under head coach Rich Rodriguez' potent offense but a new QB has to be broken in.
 
Early look at the Trojans: A 6-1 start was followed up by a 1-5 finish including a lethargic effort in a bowl loss to Georgia Tech. Head coach Lane Kiffin is firmly on the hot seat and while he has a ton of talent, the Trojans are still under NCAA sanctions. Playmakers on offense will help with the quarterback battle and a new defensive coordinator should shore up a stop unit that was very inconsistent.
 
Where this line will move: With this being a Thursday night game and the typical USC betting bandwagon in play, this line will likely be on the rise. The Trojans could come into this game 5-0 with the one test being a game at Arizona State and an undefeated record will only add to the action coming in on the home team that will also be out for revenge from last season's upset loss.

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