USC Trojans vs. Rice Owls Picks and Prediction – September 3

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The No. 14 USC Trojans (0-0) and Rice Owls (0-0) will clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

USC vs. Rice Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 32.5 points, with bookmakers listing USC as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, USC has -15666 odds to pick up the win, while Rice is listed at +2333 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 61.5 points.


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Game Info

How to Watch USC vs. Rice Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, September 3, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Pac-12 Network
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Betting Preview


  • USC put up 7.5 fewer points per game (28.7) than Rice gave up (36.2) last year.
  • The Trojans were 2-1 against the spread and 3-0 overall in games when they recorded more than 36.2 points last season.
  • USC collected 443.6 yards per game last year, just 7.1 more than the 436.5 Rice allowed per matchup.
  • When the Trojans picked up more than 436.5 yards last season, the team was 3-3 against the spread and 3-3 overall.
  • USC rushed for 145.3 yards per game last season, 17.5 fewer than the 162.8 Rice allowed per contest.
  • When the Trojans rushed for over 162.8 yards last season, they compiled a 2-2 ATS record and a 2-2 overall record.


  • Rice scored 10.3 fewer points per game (21.5) than USC allowed (31.8) last year.
  • When the Owls put up more than 31.8 points last season, they were 1-1 against the spread and 2-0 overall.
  • Rice averaged 363.0 yards per game last year, 46.0 fewer yards than the 409.0 USC gave up per matchup.
  • The Owls were 1-3 against the spread and 2-2 overall when the team piled up more than 409.0 yards last season.
  • Last season Rice ran for 15.9 fewer yards per game (151.3) than USC allowed per contest (167.2).
  • Last season the Owls had a 1-2 ATS record and a 2-1 overall record in games the team rushed for more than 167.2 yards.

USC vs. Rice Betting Analysis

USC Betting Insights

  • Against the spread, USC went 4-8-0 last season.
  • The Trojans were the moneyline favorite seven total times last season. They went 4-3 in those games.
  • The Trojans did not play a game last season with moneyline odds of -15666 or shorter.
  • In 12 USC games last year, six hit the over.

Owls Betting Insights

  • Against the spread, Rice was 3-9-0 last year.
  • Last season, the Owls won two out of the nine games in which they were the underdog.
  • The Owls entered one game last season as the underdog by +2333 or more and won each of those games.
  • Last season, eight of Rice’s 12 games went over the point total.

USC vs. Rice Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 59.2 59.6 58.6
Implied Total AVG 34.6 35.7 33.0
ATS Record 4-8-0 2-5-0 2-3-0
Over/Under Record 6-6-0 6-1-0 0-5-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 4-3 2-3 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-5 0-2 0-3


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 51.6 53.2 50.1
Implied Total AVG 33.1 32.5 33.7
ATS Record 3-9-0 2-4-0 1-5-0
Over/Under Record 8-3-1 3-2-1 5-1-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-1 1-1 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-7 1-2 1-5

Last Season’s Leaders


  • As a playmaker on defense, Kana’i Mauga totaled 62 tackles, 4.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception in 12 games last year.
  • Tuli Tuipulotu had 32 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and 5.5 sacks.
  • Drake Jackson had 5.0 sacks to go with 7.0 TFL, 23 tackles, and one interception in 12 games a season ago.
  • In 2021, Chris Steele had two interceptions to go with 20 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one sack, and four passes defended.


  • Last year Josh Pearcy recorded 25 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and 4.5 sacks in 12 games.
  • Ikenna Enechukwu accumulated 5.5 sacks to go along with 3.0 TFL and 18 tackles in 12 games.
  • Elijah Garcia helped on defense with 19 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and four sacks in 12 games.
  • Naeem Smith delivered 1.0 sack to go with 1.0 TFL, 18 tackles, and four interceptions in 12 games.

USC vs. Rice Predictions and Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is USC, and we project that Rice will cover the spread (USC -32.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 61.5 points.

USC vs. Rice betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Owls (+32.5)

    Pick OU:

    Under (61.5)

How to Bet on USC vs. Rice

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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