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Bet USC Trojans – Trojans In No-Win Situation, But Can Still Pay Weekly Dividends

Posted by Blake Frazier on 7/12/2010 3:25:34 PM

2009 USC Trojans Betting Recap

Online betting players had their usually high hopes for the Trojans heading into 2009, even with Matt Barkley, who became the first true freshman to start at quarterback in Los Angeles. USC followed up a 56-3 rout of San Jose State in their season opener with a tough road win at then-No.8 Ohio State, but then they fell at Washington by a field goal. The Trojans then rattled off four wins in a row, including back-to-back road wins at California and Notre Dame, a pair of rivals who were in the top 25 at the time. However, in a 42-36 win over Oregon State, there were signs of problems in the defense, and the Trojans went through their own Halloween nightmare as they were pounded 47-20 at Oregon, who were then a top-10 team. Two weeks later, the Trojans were humiliated 55-21 at home by Stanford, their worst home loss since 1966. USC then lost their final Pac-10 game of the year, 21-17 at home to Arizona, but they did manage to come away with a 24-13 win in the Emerald Bowl against Boston College in what would prove to be the final game with Pete Carroll at the helm in Los Angeles.
The Trojans were always going to be a run-first team with young Barkley under center, but he actually proved to be capable of handling the pressure of being the man at USC, and the Trojans were 55th in the country offensively. USC had one of the better running-back trios in the country in Joe McKnight, Allen Bradford and Stafon Johnson, and that was even after Johnson was knocked out for the season with a near-lethal neck injury. However, the big surprise was how easily the Trojans’ defense gave up points later in the season. USC was 22nd in the nation in scoring defense, and 40th in total defense, but against Oregon and Stanford, the Trojans were particularly bad stopping the run. The defense also wasn’t helped by a kickoff-covering unit that was 111th in the country.

2010 Preview To Bet USC Trojans

Well, before we even get to USC’s NCAA football betting odds for 2010, let’s start with the offseason: Carroll jumped ship to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks because we’re thinking that he knew the Trojans were about to feel the wrath of the NCAA. The Trojans were nailed with infractions from the Reggie Bush era, and they’ll lose 30 scholarships over the next three years, not to mention, they will be ineligible for a bowl game this season. Recruits, as well as upperclassmen are leaving the program at a crazy pace, oh, and did we mention that they have a new coach in Lane Kiffin? Kiffin made no friends with the way he left Tennessee, but to be fair to him, he was an assistant under Carroll (ironically, back in the Bush era) and this is his dream job.
He’ll have his hands full this season as the Trojans aren’t that deep at offensive line, where they were due to have top recruit Seantrel Henderson, but he left to avoid playing under NCAA sanctions. The offensive line is going to have to be good as Barkley is still a sophomore, and he’s not exactly a scrambling type of pivot. Barkley also lost his top receiver in Damian Williams, meaning Ronalo Johnson is going to have to step up. Bradford is finally getting a great chance to be the No.1 back in town, but will he be able to run behind this offensive line? The defense will have to replace Taylor Mays at safety, but Marshall Jones and Shareece Wright are back in the secondary after missing 2009 with injuries. Nick Perry will be out to prove he can be a pass-rush force without Everson Griffin on the other side of the line, but a major question about this defense is, is Malcolm Smith ready to become the next great USC linebacker?
Well, betting on the Trojans to win the national title is irrelevant, since they’re not eligible for postseason play, but they’ll should be worth a bet or two from week to week. USC begins with three road games in their first four at Hawaii, Minnesota and Washington State, while Virginia comes to town in the second game of the season. Then the Trojans have four of their next five at home against Washington, Cal, Oregon and Arizona State, along with a revenge trip to Stanford. Finally, USC heads to Arizona and Oregon State before their annual rivalry game against Notre Dame at home, and the season finale at UCLA.
USC still has talent on the roster, so they won’t be terrible, and as “bad” as last year was, they were still 9-4. A nine-win season may be pushing it this season, but sports betting players can make some money off the Trojans in 2010 if you’re selective about picking them from week to week.

Game LOG for the 2009 Season

Results

Offense

Defense

Date

Opponent

Line 

OU

Score

SU

ATS

OU

RY

PY

RY

PY

12/26

BOSTON COLLEGE

-7.5

45

24-13

W

W

Un

88

350

94

218

12/05

vs ARIZONA

-7

50

17-21

L

L

Un

138

144

82

239

11/28

vs UCLA

-13

47

28-7

W

W

Un

130

206

134

188

11/14

vs STANFORD

-11.5

58

21-55

L

L

Ov

138

196

325

144

11/07

at ARIZONA ST

-12

45.5

14-9

W

L

Un

146

112

81

266

10/31

at OREGON

-3

48.5

20-47

L

L

Ov

140

187

391

222

10/24

vs OREGON ST

-21

52

42-36

W

L

Ov

227

202

153

329

10/17

at NOTRE DAME

-9.5

51

34-27

W

L

Ov

121

380

82

285

10/03

at CALIFORNIA

-4.5

45

30-3

W

W

Un

174

283

86

199

09/26

vs WASHINGTON ST

-45.5

57.5

27-6

W

L

Un

156

247

85

144

09/19

at WASHINGTON

-20

53

13-16

L

L

Un

250

110

56

237

09/12

at OHIO ST

-7

45.5

18-15

W

L

Un

118

195

88

177

09/05

vs SAN JOSE ST

-34

47

56-3

W

W

Ov

342

278

9

112

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