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    The Holiday Bowl will see the Louisville Cardinals and the USC Trojans take the field on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. The matchup kicks off at 8:00 PM ET and airs on FOX.

    The Cardinals are solid favorites (-7.5) in their matchup against the Trojans, with the over/under at 58 points. (On the moneyline, the Cardinals are -296 and the Trojans are +236.)

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    Game Info for Louisville vs. USC

    • Game Day: Wednesday, December 27, 2023
    • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: FOX
    • Location: Rancho San Diego, California
    • Stadium: Petco Park
    Louisville vs USC Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Louisville -7.5 -110 -110 58 -110 -110 -296 +236

    Louisville Pick Insights

    • So far this season, Louisville has compiled a 6-6-1 record against the spread.
    • In games this season as favorites of at least 7.5 points, Louisville has a 3-4 record against the spread.
    • Louisville games have hit the over on six of 13 occasions (46.2%).

    Louisville Stats & Insights

    • Louisville owns the 44th-ranked offense this year (420.4 yards per game), and has been even better defensively, ranking 16th-best with just 307.3 yards allowed per game.
    • Louisville ranks 45th in points scored this year (30.9 points per game), but has been shining on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 21st-best in the FBS with 19.7 points allowed per game.
    • On offense, Louisville ranks 53rd in the FBS with 244 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defense ranks 35th in passing yards allowed per contest (205.4).
    • On the defensive side of the ball, Louisville has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking 13th-best by surrendering only 101.9 per game. The Cardinals rank 46th on offense (176.4 rushing yards per game).
    • Louisville has the 87th-ranked offense this year in terms of third-down efficiency (36.6% conversion rate), and has been more effective on defense, ranking sixth-best with a 27.9% third-down percentage allowed.
    • With 19 forced turnovers (36th in the FBS) against 17 turnovers committed (66th in the FBS), Louisville (+2) has the 45th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

    Louisville’s Best Players

    • Jack Plummer has thrown for 3,063 yards (235.6 ypg) to lead Louisville, completing 63.5% of his passes and collecting 21 touchdown passes compared to 12 interceptions this season.
    • Jawhar Jordan has carried the ball 181 times for a team-high 1,128 yards on the ground and has found the end zone 13 times as a runner. He’s also tacked on 21 catches for 246 yards (18.9 per game) and one touchdown in the pass game.
    • Isaac Guerendo has racked up 649 yards on 109 carries, scoring eight times.
    • Jamari Thrash’s team-leading 858 yards as a receiver have come on 63 catches (out of 99 targets) with six touchdowns.
    • Chris Bell has reeled in 26 passes while averaging 29.7 yards per game and scoring two touchdowns.
    • Kevin Coleman Jr.’s 23 catches have turned into 336 yards and two touchdowns.
    • Ashton Gillotte has 10 sacks to lead the team, and also has nine TFL and 34 tackles.
    • Louisville’s top-tackler, TJ Quinn, has 72 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one interception this year.
    • Devin Neal has a team-high four interceptions to go along with 50 tackles and four passes defended.

    USC Betting Insights

    • USC has a 3-9-0 record against the spread this season.
    • USC is 1-0 against the spread so far when playing as at least 7.5-point underdogs.
    • Nine of USC’s 12 games with a set total have hit the over (75%).

    USC Pick Insights

    • On the defensive side of the ball, USC is a bottom-25 unit, ceding 438.8 total yards per game (12th-worst). Fortunately, it is thriving on offense, accumulating 468.4 total yards per contest (11th-best).
    • Defensively, USC is a bottom-25 unit, surrendering 34.9 points per game (11th-worst). On the bright side, it is excelling on the offensive side of the ball, putting up 41.8 points per contest (fourth-best).
    • USC ranks 17th-worst in passing yards allowed per game (255.2), but at least it has been getting things done on offense, ranking fifth-best in passing yards per contest (329.8).
    • USC has been struggling against the run, ranking 17th-worst with 183.7 rushing yards allowed per game. It has been more productive offensively, generating 138.7 rushing yards per contest (91st-ranked).
    • USC ranks 43rd in the FBS with a 42.1% third-down conversion percentage on offense, and 107th with a 42.7% third-down percentage allowed on the defensive side of the ball.
    • After forcing 14 turnovers (95th in the FBS) and turning the ball over 16 times (53rd in the FBS) this season, USC owns the 82nd-ranked turnover margin of -2.

    USC’s Best Players

    • Caleb Williams has compiled 3,633 yards on 68.4% passing while collecting 30 touchdown passes with five interceptions this season.
    • MarShawn Lloyd is his team’s leading rusher with 116 carries for 820 yards, or 68.3 per game. He’s found the end zone nine times on the ground, as well. Lloyd has also chipped in with 13 catches for 232 yards.
    • Austin Jones has been given 74 carries and totaled 417 yards with seven touchdowns.
    • Tahj Washington leads his squad with 963 receiving yards on 52 catches with six touchdowns.
    • Brenden Rice has 45 receptions (on 70 targets) for a total of 791 yards (65.9 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns this year.
    • Duce Robinson’s 15 grabs (on 25 targets) have netted him 307 yards (25.6 ypg) and one touchdown.
    • Jamil Muhammad paces the team with six sacks, and also has seven TFL and 31 tackles.
    • Mason Cobb, USC’s tackle leader, has 73 tackles and five TFL this year.
    • Chris Roland-Wallace has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has 32 tackles, two TFL, and two passes defended to his name.
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