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Betting preview: Win total, title odds for USC Trojans

Max Browne is coach Clay Helton's choice behind center, and will have a tough act to follow in Cody Kessler. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- combine to give you betting previews of the top 25 teams, according to the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.

Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Aug. 22.

USC Trojans

National title odds: 30-1 (opened at 60-1)
Season win total: 7.5
FPI win total projection: 8.5


Phil Steele

Strengths: USC is very deep at running back, receiver, offensive line, linebacker and defensive back. The Trojans rank in my top eight in four of those units, with the offensive line looking like the best in the country.