Holiday Bowl Picks and Odds: Iowa vs. USC

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. USC Trojans Predictions

In a pretty surprising move, Clay Helton will return as head coach at USC. The uncertainty around the coaching staff has certainly hurt the Trojans on the recruiting trail, but the loyalty to Helton may be rewarded with an inspired effort in the Holiday Bowl. Tune in as the WagerTalk TV crew offers their Iowa vs. USC predictions.

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Event: (233) USC Trojans +2 vs. (234) Iowa Hawkeyes (o/u 52)
Date/Time: Friday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Big Ten has won and covered the spread in each of the last four Holiday Bowls. The Pac-12 is 3-17-1 against the spread in bowl games over the last three seasons. This game will likely come down to which team is able to impose their style of offense more effectively. USC has three wide receivers that could become first-round draft picks in the NFL. Offensive Coordinator Graham Harrell and his air-raid offense will be tasked with going up against Iowa’s passing defense, which is No. 7 in the country at 6.0 yards allowed per passing attempt.

A few trends, courtesy of The Gold Sheet:

  • USC has failed to cover the spread in five of their last six bowl games.
  • USC is 1-8 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games.
  • Iowa is 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 road/neutral site games.


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