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Can UCLA finish within 2 touchdowns of USC?

The USC Trojans will try to continue their dominance at home on Saturday with a win over the UCLA Bruins as strong betting favorites at the sportsbooks.

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The No. 11 USC Trojans are 15-0 straight up and 9-6 against the spread in their last 15 games played at home. The Trojans can extend their home winning streak Saturday with a win over their crosstown rivals as the UCLA Bruins visit the Coliseum.

USC is a 16-point home favorite in Los Angeles at sportsbooks monitored by In the last two games in this head-to-head series, USC won 36-14 in Pasadena and 40-21 at home in 2015.

UCLA Bruins at USC Trojans

When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif.

Betting Line / Total: USC -16 / 71.5 Points

Bruins at Trojans OddsShark Matchup Report

USC Trojans

After failing to cover the spread in six straight games, including a disastrous 49-14 road loss to Notre Dame, the Trojans finally seem to be playing to their potential over the last few weeks.

USC is 3-0 SU and ATS over its last three games with three straight wins by at least two touchdowns. Perhaps having the pressure of College Football Playoff aspirations off the team's back has given USC a chance to get back to basics on both sides of the ball.

The Trojans are 14-0 SU and 7-7 ATS over their last 14 games as a double-digit favorite, per the OddsShark College Football Database. USC's cover as a 13.5-point favorite over Colorado last Saturday broke an 0-5 ATS run as a double-digit favorite.

UCLA Bruins

UCLA has been a completely different team on the road than it has been at home this season. The Bruins are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS through their first five home games but are 0-5 SU and ATS in their five games on the road.

The Bruins have given up a staggering 49 points per game on the road this season and have lost their last four road games by an average margin of 23.3 points per game. UCLA is 2-8 SU and ATS in its last 10 road games at USC.

Saturday night's total is set at 71.5. The UNDER is 9-2 in the last 11 games between these two rivals.

This trend toward the UNDER could be in jeopardy on Saturday. A pair of the nation's best quarterbacks will clash in Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, and USC's strong rushing attack will face the nation's worst rushing defense. Expect plenty of offensive fireworks in this one.

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