Stanford vs. USC Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, USC is favored at home in this game, as the Trojans are getting odds of -6 points against Stanford. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 55 points. Stanford has won and covered the spread in three straight meetings with USC. Tonight’s game takes place from the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The game will air live on FOX.
Stanford got its season started two weeks ago with a 62-7 win over Rice last week, easily covering the 29.5-point spread. Stanford racked up 656 total yards in that win while allowing just 241 yards to Rice. The defense also forced a pair of turnovers in the win. Keller Chryst threw for 253 yards on 14-of-24 passing with two scores. Bryce Love rushed for 180 yards on just 13 carries and also had a score while Cameron Scarlett added three rushing touchdowns.
USC started the 2017 season at home last week with a 49-31 win over West Michigan, but the Trojans were unable to cover the 28-point spread. The game was actually tied entering the fourth quarter, but USC managed 28 points in the final period. The Trojans finished the game with 521 yards of offense while allowing 357 yards to the Broncos. Sam Darnold threw for 289 yards on 23 of 33 passing, but didn’t have a touchdown pass and threw a pair of interceptions. Ronald Jones II rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns to lead the USC offense while Deontay Burnett had seven receptions for 142 yards.
USC didn’t inspire a lot of confidence for tonight with their lackluster showing against Western Michigan. While the offense put up a lot of yards, they are facing a much superior defense tonight in Stanford. The Cardinals also have had the luxury of preparing for this game for two weeks. They should be rested and ready to go. The Cardinal have had their number as well, covering the spread in 8 of the last 10 meetings. I am sticking with Stanford with the points.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: STANFORD +6