IMHO Sunday: Don’t bet against these 2023 Trojans

On3 imageby:Greg Katz05/14/23
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In my humble opinion, cardinal and gold thoughts on what I see, what I hear, and what I think from Los Angeles: The odds: First, a Happy Mother's Day to all in real time or in spirit. Moving forward, as you probably know, we’re at the point of the “off-season” where the early betting odds are being released in anticipation of the upcoming 2023 college football season. Depending on the betting entity, the conjecture is for Lincoln Riley’s Trojans to have a 9.5-win total in 2023.One betting service, Bet On-line, lists the Trojans as slight underdogs at Notre Dame and Oregon, respectively. Winning in South Bend and Eugene is always a challenging proposition. The odds – Part 2: If you go by conventional wisdom that the Trojans are indeed underdogs against the Irish and the Ducks, where does the “.5” come into total win  play? Are the Trojans going to be upset by a Washington Huskies team that is ranked in the Top five by CBS sports? Is the downfall going to come against nemesis Utah in the Coliseum? Through good fortune, both the Utes and the Huskies play the Trojans in Los Angeles, which would seem to favor the Trojans. In a game-by-game account as it pertains to the odds, the Trojans are in the positive.