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All the odds info you need for USC vs. Iowa in the Holiday Bowl

The Trojans and Hawkeyes square off in the 2019 Holiday Bowl. We break down some of the early odds.

USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis, center, is helped to the sideline by wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Michael Pittman Jr. after taking a late hit at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

On the eve of the College Football Playoff, settle in with the USC Trojans and the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Holiday Bowl.

You know what you get with Iowa year after year. Eight or nine wins a season, crack the top 20 and play in a bowl game like this. As for USC, the fans want more and a lot of them wanted Clay Helton fired after this season. It appeared to be a foregone conclusion right when the season started, but he’s remaining the head coach moving into 2020.

Iowa’s strong suit all season long has been its defense, never allowing more than 24 points in a game in 2019 while the offense struggled at times. It’s the complete opposite for USC, so we’ll see very contrasting styles in this one. USC has scored at least 27 points in every game it played in November and December and giving up its fair share of points too. The over has hit in each of the Trojans’ last five games.

Television, Streaming options

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Channel: FS1
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go


Iowa -1.5, 51.5

Initial Betting Analysis

I lean toward the under whenever I see Iowa about to play a football game. The over/under in this one is 51.5, and the only time an Iowa game went over that point total came on the opening week of the season when Iowa beat Miami (OH) in a game that got to 52 points. USC went over 51.5 in every game this season, but Iowa’s defense has stepped up especially against quality opponents.

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