USC vs Utah State Odds: Trojans Two Touchdown Favorites Over Aggies

The 17-14 contest was highlighted by defensive displays from both sides, requiring a fourth quarter field goal from Andre Heidari to break the deadlock. Facing the No. kick off does not help matters for the Trojans.

Meanwhile, Utah State enjoyed a 45-6 victory over Weber State on the weekend.

The vast gulf between opposition is no question.

USC’s season opener went more poorly than expected. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the Trojans were embarrassed, 52-6.

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An 11:00 a.m. Vegas oddsmakers think they will, opening the USC vs Utah State betting line at 16 points.

That makes the Trojans better than two-touchdown favorites over the Aggies, who have never beaten USC in five tries going back to 1928

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. It was also the final home game of Lane Kiffin’s tenure as USC’s head coach.

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Coming off one of the worst losses in program history, the Trojans will hope to set things right with their return to the Coliseum. However, USC’s confidence may have been shaken in Arlington, while the Aggies will come into Los Angeles looking to complete the upset that was brewing three years ago.

In fact, the 16-point spread in favor of Troy makes a lot of sense considering USC’s average margin of victory over Utah State is 37 points.

Still, Clay Helton’s squad has motivation to make a statement back home, proving that their performance in Texas was not a true reflection of their ability or the direction of the program.

Of course, that margin was cut significantly in the last meeting between the two teams at the Coliseum.

The Vegas odds for USC vs Utah State set the Trojans as two-touchdown favorites over the Aggies when they come to the Coliseum Saturday.

This year, the Trojans are set to face Utah State with similar unrest around the program.

In 2013, the Trojans narrowly beat the Aggies, who were led by quarterback Chuckie Keaton

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Hail Mary touchdown call flips hundreds of millions in bets | Reuters

In Monday night’s game, the officials had ruled that a Seattle receiver and Green Bay defender simultaneously caught a last-hope “Hail Mary” pass in the end zone, a touchdown under NFL rules. The league said, however, that it supported the result of the video review and that Seattle’s victory was final.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Bill Trott)

Bell said that before Monday, the replacement referees had offered an “extra variable” that – if anything – had increased interest.

“The bookmakers want there to be a perception of fairness,” Bell said in a telephone interview. The NFL has locked out its regular referees in a union contract dispute and is using replacements from lower football levels whose mistakes had met heavy criticism even before Monday.

About $150 million more was bet on Green Bay than on Seattle, so the referees’ call resulted in a $300 million swing toward the sports bookmakers, Bell said in an interview.

Refereeing mistakes that led to a last-second Seattle Seahawks victory also meant losses on hundreds of millions of dollars in bets on the favored Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas, Nevada-based betting experts said on Tuesday.

The NFL acknowledged on Tuesday that referees missed a clear penalty against the Seattle receiver that should have ended the game. A video review did not find indisputable evidence to overturn the call, a referee found.

Lawrence estimated $250 million to $500 million had been bet on the game worldwide, the majority on Green Bay in part due to the team’s popularity and because fans often bet the favorite on Monday night football, Lawrence said.

Green Bay was leading 12-7 and covering the spread until the controversial calls that resulted in a 14-12 Seattle victory. “If it feels random and there are added variables like an official’s bias for home teams or an official’s bias to call extra pass interference penalties, that is stuff that a handicapper can handle.”

About $400 million was bet on the National Football League game worldwide, said RJ Bell, chief executive of the pregame.com website, which reports on the sports-betting industry.

“The far-reaching effect of all this is that obviously the replacement referees issue needs to be resolved ASAP because the National Football League cannot have any more egg on their face like they did last night,” Marc Lawrence, publisher of the Playbook.com website, said in a telephone interview.