NCAA football gambling fans remain stunned at USC’s loss at Washington and are almost as shocked at Cal’s blowout loss to the NCAA football lines at Oregon last week. Despite starting freshman quarterback Matt Barkley the NCAA football gambling expectations for the USC Trojans were sky high entering the 2009 season.
The Men of Troy got off to the best possible start against the NCAA football lines with a blowout home win over San Jose State and then were impressive in an 18-15 win at Ohio State even though they failed to cover the NCAA football gambling board as 7-point chalks.
That was then followed by that humiliating 13-16 loss at Washington as 20.5-point chalks. Last week USC got by a horrible Washington State team 27-6 as whopping 45.5-point chalks to prove that, at 1-3 against the spread so far in 2009, they are massive NCAA football gambling overlays.
The California Golden Bears entered Oregon last week as a 6th ranked team and a 5.5-point NCAA football gambling favorite and left Eugene as a humbled 3-42 blowout loser.
The Bears were flat from the start and it made NCAA football gambling handicappers wonder if they were peaking ahead to this week’s game against USC or if they were overrated. Or is it both? The loss dropped Cal to 3-1 both straight up and against the NCAA football gambling board.
USC has struggled on offense and ranks a most ordinary 58th overall in scoring. Their defense is their NCAA football gambling asset as it ranks 5th overall for points allowed. Cal ranks a respectable 18th in scoring but 42nd in points allowed.
USC is 14-6 against the spread versus teams with winning records and is 8-3 against the spread when coming off a loss against the board. Cal has covered 10 out of their last 11 home games. Last year USC beat Cal 17-3 as 21.5-point home favorites.
The two teams have gone under the total 5 straight times in the series and USC has gotten the cash in 4 out of their last 6 trips to Berkeley. The visitor has gotten the cash in 4 out of the last 5 in this series.