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Clay Helton remains the head coach of the USC Trojans for now. Helton was finally given a vote of confidence by Athletic Director Mike Bohn last week, and he appears set to lead the Men of Troy into 2020. He will enter the 2020 season as the favorite to be the first coach fired per the NCAA futures odds though as USC was flirting with the idea of bringing in either Urban Meyer or James Franklin. It took Bohn nearly two weeks to decide that Helton would stick around for one more year, so the embattled head coach likely needs to win 10 games to receive an extension next season. A victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Holiday Bowl would help Helton quite a bit. USC is a slight underdog per the college football betting odds, but the Trojans have won five of their last six games coming into this one.

Holiday Bowl Odds

USC Trojans +2

Iowa Hawkeyes -2

Total 51.5

Kedon Slovis has had a phenomenal year. Slovis was expected to redshirt behind starter J.T. Daniels this season, but Daniels was injured in the first week of the season, forcing the true freshman into the starter’s role.

Slovis was fabulous at the end of the season, throwing for more than 400 yards in his final three games, leading USC to wins over Arizona State, California, and UCLA. He grasped the tenets of offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s offense well, and he ended the season completing 71.8 percent of his passes for over 3,200 yards with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Michael Pittman Jr. declared that he will be playing in the Holiday Bowl, giving Slovis his best receiver for at least one more game. Pittman leads the Trojans with 95 receptions for 1,222 yards and 11 touchdowns, making him one of the top receivers in the conference. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns have nearly identical stat lines, and both St. Brown and Vaughns could surpass 1,000 yards in San Diego.

USC’s running game wasn’t great this year, averaging just 4.1 YPC. Vavae Malepeai led the way with 466 rushing yards and six touchdowns, but this was a pass happy team under a former Air Raid quarterback in Harrell.

Iowa has one of the best defenses in the country, and the Hawkeyes are tough to run on. This defense is ranked No. 5 in the nation per SP+, and Iowa gave up just 4.6 yards per play. A.J. Epenesa is one of the best defensive linemen in the nation, and he could wreak havoc on USC’s offensive line.

The Hawkeyes have a mediocre offense, but what else is new? Iowa lost two first round tight ends when T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant both left Iowa City last year, and that put pressure on Nate Stanley. Stanley had a decent season, completing 58.9 percent of his passes and averaging 7.4 YPA, but he wasn’t as effective without his two big tight ends.

Mekhi Sargent, Tyler Goodson, and Toren Young have been solid running backs, and they will be out to run the ball consistently on a front seven that has had some issues stopping opponents on the ground. USC has been one of the worst run defenses in the Power Five, allowing 4.6 YPC and 166.7 rushing yards per game. That has Kirk Ferentz and Iowa licking their chops.

Regular Season Recap

The Trojans survived a disastrous start to the year to emerge as one of the better teams in the conference. USC won its first two games of the season despite losing Daniels, but Slovis showed his youth in an overtime loss to BYU in Provo, tossing three interceptions in the process.

Slovis was injured early in the first quarter in the following game, but Matt Fink stepped in and torched Utah’s cornerbacks to lead the Trojans to a 30-23 victory over the Utes. That was Utah’s only loss in the regular season, enabling USC to stay in the Pac 12 south title hunt until the final week of the year.

Unfortunately, USC couldn’t build off the win over Utah. The Trojans fell apart on the road against Washington and lost to Notre Dame after their bye week. USC challenged both teams throughout, but the Trojans didn’t pick up their first road win until late October when they beat Colorado in Boulder. Even that was a tough task as the Buffaloes were leading in the fourth quarter before the Trojans rallied to win.

USC’s three straight wins to close out the season after a blowout loss to Oregon likely saved Helton’s job. The Trojans bested UCLA once again after a stunning loss last year that left them at 5-7, but more will be asked of Helton in 2020 given the advantages he has with USC.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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