USC Trojans Odds 2022: College Football Odds, Futures, Props

Written By Brett Gibbons on August 28, 2022
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No team set a precedent for college football moving forward quite like USC did this offseason. The Trojans made a huge splash when they hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma, leading to a chain reaction of high-profile coaching moves. Riley brought over two Oklahoma stars– quarterback Caleb Williams and receiver Mario Williams– while also working the portal for stars like receiver Jordan Addison (Pitt) and linebacker Eric Gentry (Arizona State). USC future odds were on the move quickly.

This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the USC Trojans for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables and what can we expect from the team this year?

Week 1 Odds: USC vs. Rice

Oddsmakers expect a blowout for Riley’s first game at USC. They take on Rice, who is a bottom-10 team in FPI and SP+ rankings. The Owls return eight starters on defense, including the entire secondary, but don’t expect USC to need to show much offensively. On defense, USC can expect inexperienced QB play (at times, Rice used three QBs in a single game last year) and a lack of high-end talent. While Rice is a well-coached team, ultimately USC is more talented and this should be a good warm-up game for Caleb Williams & Co.

College Football Week 1 odds

USC odds, 2022 team preview

USC is going to have a high-scoring offense in 2022. Caleb Williams showed flashes of being a superstar at Oklahoma in limited action and has two of the nation’s top receivers at his disposal. Riley is one of the top offensive minds in college football, producing two Heisman-winning quarterbacks and a top-10 scoring offense in every year except 2021 (12th). They also have an All-American candidate on the offensive line, RS Senior Andrew Vorhees.

Where the questions come in is on defense, particularly against the pass. Riley never produced elite defenses in Norman (in retrospect, due to recruiting) and USC doesn’t have a foundation to have an elite unit this season. Arizona State transfer Eric Gentry and preseason first team All-Pac 12 defensive tackle Tuli Tuipulotu are talented players, but the latter is the only returner.

The Trojans’ schedule works to their benefit, with tough tests against Utah, UCLA, and Notre Dame coming in Weeks 7, 11, and 12.

Working against USC is their lofty expectations that come with so many splash additions. While their win total and futures odds suggest the Trojans are going to be one of the top teams in the Pac-12, metrics like FPI and SP+ are much more bearish– they both rank USC in the 50s. The truth of 2022 USC likely lies somewhere in between.

Players to watch

  • QB Caleb Williams: As a freshman, Williams was thrust onto the national spotlight during the Red River Shootout. He orchestrated a monstrous comeback and cemented his name in the national conversation. Williams stepped in for preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler (who now plays at South Carolina). Williams is a capable runner with a rifle arm– a perfect fit for Riley’s offensive system.
  • WR Jordan Addison:Addison won the Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore, given to the nation’s top receiver. He beat out multiple ’21 and future first-round NFL receivers for the award and hit the transfer portal from Pitt late in the cycle. He’s a possession receiver with blazing speed and shiftiness that makes him a home run threat every time the ball touches his hands.
  • WR Mario Williams: While Addison gets the spotlight in L.A., Mario Williams acts as the deep threat that specializes in taking the top off a defense. During spring ball, the Williams-to-Williams connection dazzled and it was immediately clear that he’s going to be a menace to Pac-12 defenses. He has established rapport with Caleb, which helps the young QB’s transition to a new program.

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USC schedule and betting odds

DateGameTime (ET)Spread
9/3/22vs. Rice6:00 p.m.-35
9/10/22at Stanford7:30 p.m.OTB
9/17/22vs. Fresno State10:30 p.m.OTB
9/24/22at Oregon StateTBAOTB
10/1/22vs. Arizona StateTBAOTB
10/8/22vs. Washington StateTBAOTB
10/15/22at UtahTBA+3.5
10/22/22BYEBYEBYE
10/29/22at ArizonaTBAOTB
11/5/22vs. CalTBAOTB
11/12/22vs. Colorado9:30 p.m.OTB
11/19/22at UCLATBA-4
11/26/22vs. Notre DameTBA-2.5
12/2/22Pac-12 Championship8:00 p.m.

USC Trojans futures odds

College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.

USC win total

USC is slotted for over wins during the regular season. That number is among the highest in the nation and tops the Pac-12 Conference. According to preseason FPI numbers, USC has the 66th-hardest schedule this coming season (fourth-easiest in the conference).

Odds to win 2023 National Championship

The best price to get USC to win the 2023 National Championship is currently . However, different books offer wildly different numbers, with FanDuel Sportsbook dipping as low as +2000 in June.

Odds to win Pac-12 Championship

USC’s odds to win the conference moved a great deal during the offseason, standing at currently. Before landing Addison and Gentry– and before the hype ballooned their odds– USC was +300 or longer to win the Pac-12.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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