National, local experts predict the Pac-12 Championship Game - USC vs Utah




 

The time is here.

With everything on the line, the USC Trojans and Utah Utes face off in the Pac-12 title game in Las Vegas on Friday night. If USC wins, the Trojans will secure a spot in the College Football Playoff.

If the Trojans lose, they most likely still end up in a New year's Six bowl, so Lincoln Riley's first year as head coach in L.A. is off to a smashing start. However, Utah is a tough team and the only team this year to defeat USC.

Back in October, the Utes stunned the Trojans as Cam Rising ran in a game-winning 2-point conversion in Salt Lake City to secure the win. The Trojans want revenge more than ever against the defending Pac-12 champions.

Here are some of the predictions from experts across the country.

CAM MELLOR, PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK: USC

The Trojans get revenge against Utah with everything on the line. Here's why Mellor went with USC: 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: USC

The consensus pick from College Football News across the network is USC to win the game.

PETE FIUTAK, COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: USC

Pete Fiutak is rolling with USC with a score prediction of 38-34. Here's some of his analysis:

JON WILNER, THE MERCURY NEWS: USC

Pac-12 insider Jon Wilner is rolling with the Trojans with a 42-27 final score, and here's why:

NICK MUSIAL, SPORTING NEWS: USC

The Trojans get the win in this prediction in a 41-34 final.

CHRIS HUMMER, 247SPORTS: USC

The Trojans are a popular pick, and Chris Hummer of 247Sports has this game extremely close as Trojans fans sweat till the end:

BRAD CRAWFORD, 247SPORTS: USC

The Trojans enter the weekend with the most on the line: A win sends them to the Playoff, but a loss sends them to a New Year's Six bowl or the Rose Bowl, although the latter seems more unlikely, Despite the pressure, Crawford gives his reasons why USC will win the game:

ADAM TAYLOR MCKILLOP, FANDUEL: USC

Another USC projection, this one with the Trojans winning by one point:

JACK CARLOUGH, BUFFALOES WIRE

USC

ERIC BOLIN, RAZORBACKS WIRE

USC

EVAN BREDESON, CORNHUSKERS WIRE

Utah

TONY COSOLO, BUFFALOES WIRE

Utah

ZACK PEARSON, TAR HEELS WIRE

USC

BIG GAME BEN NIEWOEHNER, COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Utah

JEFF FEYERER, COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Utah

TYLER NETTUNO, LSU TIGERS WIRE

USC

CAMI GRIFFIN, LONGHORNS WIRE

USC

DAN HARRALSON, VOLS WIRE

USC

PHIL HARRISON, BUCKEYES WIRE

USC

JEREMY MAUSS, MWC WIRE

USC

NICK SHEPKOWSKI, FIGHTING IRISH WIRE

USC

JOE VITALE, UGA WIRE

USC

KEVIN MCGUIRE, NITTANY LIONS WIRE

USC

JOHNNY ROSENSTEIN, SPORTS BOOK WIRE

USC

ZACHARY NEEL, DUCKS WIRE

USC

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire

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