NCAA Football Betting Lines:
USC Trojans: -6
Opening College Football Lines from Bookmaker
Always plenty of NCAA football betting action when regional teams play in the Las Vegas Bowl and this match-up should be another strong handle in Las Vegas. The Trojans enter off their cross town rivalry loss to UCLA and have a new coach in Steve Sarkisian, who will not coach the team in the bowl game. Fresno State won the Mountain West Conference and has a first round draft pick at quarterback in senior David Carr.
The Trojans kept their season together after a 3-2 start and the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin. USC’s dominant defense allowed it to keep things together and showed its strength by beating Stanford 20-17 this season. Quarterback Kody Kessler was #2 in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency but he’ll be the #2 QB on the field in this match-up, as the Bulldog’s Derek Carr leads the nation’s #1 pass attack and the strong-armed senior had a tremendous season passing for 4,866 yards ( 405/game ), 70% completions with 48 TD passes to go along with just 7 interceptions.
Carr is also quite athletic and mobile and was only sacked 11 times this season, so the NCAA football betting odds is that he’ll still pass for at least 325 yards against a top-tier USC defense. His top target is Devante Adams, who caught 23 TD passes and averages 10 receptions per game and 123 YPG.
Trojans RB Buck Allen has emerged as an explosive force rushing for at least 120 yards in four of the Trojans last five games and scoring 12 TDs his past eight games. USC averages 392 YPG on offense ( 11th in Pac-12 ) and has the better running game and run defense. USC’s defense was top-2 in the Pac-12 allowing 341 YPG and 126 YPG rushing. The Trojans league-best punt return team could make a big play in this big NCAA football betting bowl game, but in the end Fresno State will emerge with the victory.
Free Play: These teams open the 2014 season against each other so this NCAA football betting bowl game will also be a preview for what’s to come in 2014. Fresno State’s pass defense is a weakness, but the Trojans still won’t have enough success as they’re poor on third down to sustain drives. Fresno State QB Carr and the Bulldogs average 29 first downs per game while scoring 45 PPG, and the Bulldogs will be extremely motivated following a poor bowl performance last year. USC is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following an ATS defeat, and it will lose another one to the more motivated Bulldogs with bite.
Back Fresno State over USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl