Louisville vs USC Prediction NCAAF Picks 12/27

Louisville vs USC Prediction NCAAF Picks 12/27

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NCAAF Predictions: DIRECTV Holiday Bowl - Louisville vs. USC

Prepare for an exciting clash as the USC Trojans face off against the Louisville Cardinals in the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2023, at 6:00 PM in Petco Park, San Diego, CA. Explore the in-depth analysis of this matchup:

Game Information

The DIRECTV Holiday Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 6:00 PM in Petco Park, with a game-time temperature of 61 degrees in San Diego, CA. FOX will provide live coverage. Louisville, boasting a 10-3 record, is favored with a -7.0 point spread, and the Over/Under is set at 58.5 points.

 

Team Stats and Leaders

Louisville Cardinals

Quarterback J. Plummer has contributed 3,063 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions for the Cardinals. Running back J. Jordan has rushed for 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns, while receiver J. Thrash leads in receptions with 858 yards and 6 touchdowns.

USC Trojans

With C. Williams unavailable, USC will turn to quarterback Miller Moss, who has shown promise in limited appearances this season, completing 23 of 32 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown. Running back M. Lloyd has rushed for 820 yards and 9 touchdowns, and receiver T. Washington leads in receptions with 963 yards and 6 touchdowns.

 

Recent Performance

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville suffered a recent loss to FSU, but their overall season performance, including wins against Miami and Virginia Tech, showcases their offensive capabilities. The Cardinals aim to bounce back in the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl.

USC Trojans

USC faced challenges in recent games, including losses to UCLA and Oregon. With star quarterback C. Williams unavailable, the Trojans look to Miller Moss to lead the offense and keep the game competitive.

 

Prediction:

Despite the absence of star quarterback C. Williams, USC has a chance to keep the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl close with Miller Moss as the starting quarterback. Moss, with three appearances this season, has shown promise by completing 23 of 32 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown. USC's offensive weapons, including running back M. Lloyd and receiver T. Washington, can contribute to keeping the game competitive. Expect USC to cover the +7 points spread as they strive to keep the score tight against Louisville. The Trojans' resilience and Moss's potential impact make them a viable pick in this matchup.

 

Pick: USC +7.0 -115

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