Louisville vs USC (5:00pm)
Key players from both teams will be absent tonight! Louisville faces challenges due to the key absence of its primary rusher and receiver, who together contributed to 19 touchdowns. Jamari Thrash, a crucial receiver, has decided to opt out for the day. Nevertheless, Louisville still boasts a formidable defensive lineup. Ashton Gillotte, a standout player, has declared his return to Louisville after an impressive 11-sack season! Devin Neal will also pose difficulties for USC this evening, having recorded 67 tackles with four interceptions last year.
On the flip side, USC will have to deal with the absence of Caleb Williams, their starting quarterback, as well as top running back MarShawn Lloyd and the second-ranked wide receiver, Brenden Rice. Miller Moss will be the starting quarterback for the Trojans, having played in only four games this season and attempted a mere 59 passes in his career. Without Caleb Williams, the offense is expected to be less dynamic and more predictable.
Contrary to public expectations of a high-scoring game, the reality may be different. The total was bet up by the public to 59 at one point during the day. The sportsbook will likely need some unders to come through, given that the last four bowl games exceeded their respective posted totals. Tonight, I am aligning with the oddsmakers and hoping they have accurately adjusted their totals. Based on my analysis, I anticipate this game to result in a combined total of 52-55 points.
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Pick: Under 58.5 (-110)
🍀Best of luck!