Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Saturday, November 27, 2021
Venue: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Where to Watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: BYU -7, USC +7; Over/Under: 64.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: BYU -7, USC +7; Over/Under: 64 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: BYU -7, USC +7; Over/Under: 63.5 points
BYU Cougars: 9-2 (2nd place, FBS Independents)
USC Trojans: 4-6 (4th place, Pac-12 South)
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BYU Cougars vs USC Trojans Preview and Analysis
BYU Cougars: won on the road on Nov. 20 against the Georgia Southern Eagles 34-17.
USC Trojans: lost at home on Nov. 20 against the UCLA Bruins 62-33.
BYU Cougars Analysis
BYU is coming into this game with a 9-2 record overall and they are 3-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this one on a 4 game winning streak after another win in their last game. Jaren Hall played great in that game as he completed 17/29 passes for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Allgeier had a nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 136 yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries while Lopini Katoa ran in 1 TD as well. Gunner Romney led the receivers with 87 yards on 5 receptions while Puka Nacua had 83 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions. Pepe Tanuvasa led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack for them in that game while Jakob Robinson managed to come up with 2 interceptions. They have scored 367 points in their 11 games this season averaging 33.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 260 points against them allowing 23.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 456.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 379.8 YPG.
USC Trojans Analysis
USC is coming into this game with a 4-6 record overall and they are 2-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 2 game losing streak after another loss in their last game. Jaxson Dart struggled in that game as he completed 27/47 passes for 325 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Keaontay Ingram led the team in rushing with 96 yards on 17 carries while Vavae Malepeai had 49 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10 carries. Gary Bryant Jr. had a very nice day as he led the receivers with 161 yards and 1 touchdown on 9 receptions. Kana'i Mauga led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 10 assisted ones. Tuli Tuipulotu recorded the only sack in that game while Xavion Alford and Chris Steele both came up with 1 interception each for them in that one. They have scored 299 points in their 10 games this season averaging 29.9 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 322 points against them allowing 32.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 445.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 418.7 YPG.
BYU vs USC Prediction
BYU is coming into this game as a 7 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. BYU has been playing much better in their recent games than USC has been. BYU is coming into this game on a winning streak while USC is the opposite and on a losing streak. USC has been a disaster all season even before firing their coach and they are just looking to finish the season already so they can start looking to next year. BYU still has bowl games to play after this and should be motivated to finish their regular season strong after a great year. The best bet to place in this game is on BYU to cover the spread in this game.
BYU USC Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, November 27, 2021 (10:30 pm ET start time) is BYU 34 USC 21.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
BYU Cougars: 31-51 O/U as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 137-179 O/U in all games. 14-25 O/U when the total is greater than or equal to 63. 88-111 O/U as a favorite. 67-74 O/U in road games. 17-32 O/U against Pac Twelve conference opponents.
USC Trojans: 16-24 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points. 159-179 O/U in all games. 18-30 O/U when the total is greater than or equal to 63. 34-40 O/U as an underdog. 74-87 O/U in home games. 108-120 O/U after playing a conference game.
BYU Cougars: J. Empey (OL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. C. Ah You (LB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. N. Pau'u (WR) Out indefinitely - Leg injury.
USC Trojans: M. Trigg (TE) Ques Sat - Leg injury. K. Pepe (DL) Ques Sat - Shoulder injury. I. Sopsher (DL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
"We were getting hit by burritos on the sideline. It was pretty hostile, so I'm really proud of how the guys bounced back and made some adjustments. We talked about it at halftime. Playing our style of football, and I thought we did that in the second half." - Kilani Sitake on his team’s win against GA Southern in their last game.
"It sounds like the same old story every time, but we're just not playing together. It's especially frustrating because I feel like we can do it. We have the pieces and the talent. Just feels like we're banging our heads against the wall." - Brett Nielson on their loss against UCLA in their last game.
WR Romney, Gunner
WR Nacua, Samson
WR Nacua, Puka
TE Rex, Isaac
QB Hall, Jaren
RB Allgeier, Tyler
FB Wake, Masen
WR Ford, Kyle
WR Washington, Tahj
WR Bryant Jr., Gary
TE Epps, Malcolm
TE Krommenhoek, Erik
QB Dart, Jaxson
RB Malepeai, Vavae
Passing: J. Hall (2307)
Rushing: T. Allgeier (1303)
Receiving: P. Nacua (754)
Touchdowns: T. Allgeier (18)
Passing: K. Slovis (2153)
Rushing: K. Ingram (911)
Receiving: D. London (1084)
Touchdowns: D. London (7)
BYU Cougars: Kalani Sitake (6th season)
USC Trojans: Donte Williams (Interim)