Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#199 BYU vs.
#200 Southern California (USC)
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 10:30pm EST
Written by The Dominator

Saturday evening college football action and we will see a team from the independent ranks take on a team from the PAC-12 Conference as the BYU Cougars tangle with the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Cougars enter this game at 9-2 while the Trojans come in at 4-6.

Cougars Push Win Streak To Four In A Row

The BYU Cougars have had a solid season so far as they are 9-2 overall and the Cougs will be looking for their 2nd double-digit win total in a row, after not having one since 2011. It will also be the 16th year in the last 17 that BYU has played in a Bowl Game. The Cougars come in off of a 34-17 road win over Georgia Southern, which gave them their 4th win in a row and they look to keep it rolling against a USC team that has struggled this year.

BYU won by 17 but failed to cover as 20 point favorites. They outgained the Eagles 507 to 268 in the contest, so the final should have been a bit more on the side of the Cougars. Jaren Hall had a big game as he threw for 312 yards with two TDs and no INTs. He has had a very nice season, throwing for 2307 yards with 18 TDs and just three INTs. He will look to keep it rolling against USC's 92nd ranked pass defense.

BYU is 29th in the nation in passing, but they can also run the ball, ranking 42nd in that department and they ran for 195 yards in the win over Georgia Southern. Tyler Allgeier has been one of the best backs in the nation and he had 136 yards and two TDs in the win, to give him 1303 yards rushing and 18 TDs on the year. The defense has been average, in terms of yards allowed, but they have given up just 23.6 ppg, which is 47th in the nation. This defense will be tested against a good USC offense.

USC Gets Ripped Apart By The Bruins

The USC Trojans have had a rough season so far as they are 4-6 overall and are being led by interim coach, Donte Williams after Clay Helton was let go after two games. USC comes in having lost four of their last five games after getting shredded 62-33 by UCLA. Despite all the turmoil, if the Trojans win this game and their finale at California, they can still reach bowl eligibility.

The defense has been their issue down the stretch as the Trojans have allowed 40.6 ppg over their last five games to fall to 103rd in the nation in points allowed at 32.2 ppg. USC allowed UCLA to pile up 609 yards of total offense, including 260 on the ground and 349 through the air. USC is now 92nd against the pass and 96th against the run and they could have a tough time stopping a very good BYU offense that has been putting things together down the stretch.

The USC offense has not had many issues this year, especially when it comes to throwing the ball as the Trojans come in ranked 14th in the nation in that department. Kedon Slovis has been the starter for most of the year and he has thrown for 2153 yards with 11 TDs and eight INTs. Slovis is questionable for this one and if he can't go, it will be Jaxson Dart, who threw for 325 yards with one TD and two INTs against the Bruins last week. It was his 1st career start, but he has now thrown for 914 yards with seven TDs and five INTs. He would be facing a below-average BYU pass defense.

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I am fully aware that the Trojans need to win their last two games to become bowl eligible, but trying to get 10 wins in a season is a hell of a motivational reason to try and win the game for the Cougars. BYU has won four games in a row and they have a very solid offense, which will pick apart a USC defense that just allowed 609 yards to UCLA and has allowed 40.6 ppg in their last five games. Yes, the Trojans will get plenty of yards in this one, but they have been known to make costly mistakes at the wrong time, and BYU has allowed just 23.6 ppg on the year. BYU is in much better form at the moment and they will end USC's hope for a bowl game by winning this game by at least 10 points. Lastly, the Trojans are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games as an underdog.

Prediction: BYU -7

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I love this play as I expect this game to be a shootout. Last week, USC played a game against UCLA, and 95 points were scored in that game and we note that USC home games have now averaged 69.5 ppg on the year. Their defense has been atrocious down the stretch as they have allowed 40.6 ppg in their last five games and just gave up 62 points on 609 yards of total offense against UCLA. BYU is 29th in the nation in passing and they have averaged 33.4 ppg so far. The USC offense is no slouch and it looks as if they will be going with Jaxson Dart, who threw for 325 yards against UCLA last week and he also threw for 391 yards against Washington State earlier in the year after coming in for an injured Slovis. USC will not get enough points to win or cover, but they will contribute greatly to the Over cashing. Lastly, the Over is 23-11-2 in USC's last 36 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Prediction: Over 63.5

Written By David Hess , "The Dominator"

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought-out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.