NCAAF Week 4 Late Night Games Top Picks Include USC, BYU and Utah

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Not much betting-wise beats late-night college football as we aim to cap a winning day and get some momentum for NFL Sunday.

Here’s a breakdown of USC at Oregon State, Wyoming at BYU, and Utah at Arizona State late Saturday in Week 4. Which way to lean at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks

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USC Trojans vs. Oregon State Beavers

Saturday, September 24, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Reser Stadium 

USC vs. Oregon Analysis

This Pac-12 game is televised by the Pac-12 Network. At this time last year, the USC program was in disarray after firing Coach Clay Helton, but it looks like a completely new team under new coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams, both from Oklahoma. 

The Trojans haven’t been challenged much in double-digit wins over Rice, Stanford and Fresno State. USC’s 152 points scored through three games is the most for the school since the 2005 team scored 178 points.

That was also the last time USC scored 40 or more points in each of its first three games of a season. This is the first time USC has scored 40 or more points in any three consecutive games since doing it the final two games of the 2016 season and the first two of the 2017 season. 

Williams has thrown for 847 yards and eight scores without a pick and rushed for two scores. He’s now a +350 second favorite at BMR’s top-rated books to win the Heisman Trophy. 

The Road So Far

Coach Jonathan Smith has done wonders at Oregon State, which is a surprising 3-0 with upsets of Boise State and at Fresno State, that latter score was 35-32 in Week 2. USC just beat Fresno 45-17 on Saturday.  

This is USC’s first time in Corvallis since the 2018 season and the Trojans lead the all-time series there 14-5. Oregon State is looking to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2012 when the Beavers started the season 6-0.

This features the nation's No. 7 ranked scoring offense (USC at 50.7 points per game) and No. 13 (Oregon State at 45.7 ppg). 

Jump on this now while it’s still under 7 points as I think USC wins by a TD; that's my NCAAF pick.

NCAAF Pick: USC -6.5 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Wyoming Cowboys vs. BYU Cougars 

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 10:15 PM EDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium 

Wyoming vs. BYU Analysis

ESPN2 has this non-conference matchup between independent BYU (will head to Big 12 next year) and Wyoming of the Mountain West. Any chance the Cougars had of crashing the College Football Playoff ended in decisive fashion this past Saturday in a 41-25 loss at Oregon.

The Ducks scored on their first six drives, outgained the Cougars 439 to 366 and held BYU to 61 yards on the ground. BYU had won five straight against Pac-12 teams and snapped a streak of three wins in a row against ranked teams overall. 

BYU’s top two receivers were out again in Puka Nacua (sprained ankle) and Gunner Romney (undisclosed). Nacua was hurt in Week 1 after scoring two touchdowns and Romney has yet to play this year.

Even without them, quarterback Jaren Hall has had seven consecutive games passing for 250 yards or more dating back to last year. 

The Road So Far

Wyoming is one of a few teams to have played four games so far because the Cowboys played Week Zero at Illinois and were blown out but have since won their past three, all at home, including a pretty big 17-14 upset of Air Force last Friday.  

Facing an Air Force rushing attack that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, averaging 508.5 yards per game, the Cowboy defense held the Falcons to 171. 

Aside from Utah (95) and Utah State (90), BYU has faced the Cowboys more than any other team as this will be the 79th meeting between them. BYU has won eight consecutive games against the Cowboys but haven’t played since the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl. 

This feels like a major trap game for BYU off back-to-back games vs. ranked teams and ahead of a Sept. 29 matchup vs. Utah State. We’ll take all those points. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight up loss. 

NCAAF Pick: Wyoming +22 (-110) at BetOnline

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Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils 

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 10:30 PM EDT at Sun Devil Stadium 

Utah vs. Arizona State Analysis

Another week and another Power 5 coach has been fired, and it’s only a matter of time before Auburn pulls the plug on Bryan Harsin. Arizona State should be a great program because it’s such a terrific campus in a great location and ideal weather. College kids will want to go to Tempe, but for whatever reason the football program can’t get out of its own way. 

ASU suffered a truly unacceptable 30-21 home loss to MAC school Eastern Michigan on Saturday and that was that for Coach Herm Edwards, who probably should have been fired after last season when a ton of guys transferred out and with the program facing major NCAA violations.

I haven’t seen NCAAF odds yet on the next full-time head coach but you hear the names of Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell, Kansas Lance Leipold, Air Force’s Craig Bohl and the Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule.

Shaun Aguano is the interim coach. Prior to being hired as ASU’s running backs coach in 2019, Aguano was head coach at Chandler High in Arizona. 

The Road So Far

Utah was upset at Florida in Week 1 but has routed Southern Utah and San Diego State since. 

The Utes enter conference play leading the Pac-12 in passing yards allowed (90.0), rushing offense (216.7), team passing efficiency defense (80.85) and total defense (236.3). 

Utah is the only team in the Pac-12 currently ranked in the top-25 in both scoring offense (15th in FBS, 44.7 ppg) and scoring defense (24th in FBS, 14.3 ppg allowed) and is one of 10 Power 5 programs ranked in both. 

Utah has won four out of the last six games against Arizona State, including 35-21 last year. The Utes are 17-7 ATS in their past 24 Pac-12 games.  

NCAAF Pick: Utah -14 (buy down to -13.5) (-110) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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