Stanford vs. USC Total Prediction
Will Friday night's Pac-12 Championship Game between the Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans turn into an offensive shootout at 8:00 p.m. ET?
Matchup: Stanford (9-3) at USC (10-2)
TV: ESPN, 8:00 p.m. ET
Line: USC -4
Current Point Spread & Over/Under Total
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the over/under currently sits at 58.5 points after hitting the board at 57. The Trojans, meanwhile, opened as a 3.5-point favorites but they're now a 4-point favorites.
Who is the Public Backing?
As of this writing, the Trojans are receiving nearly 68% of tickets at the betting window.
The big injury everyone will focus on before Friday is the status of Bryce Love. The Stanford running back is probable with an ankle injury so the Cardinal's will have their star player. Defensive end Eric Cotton (foot) is out, while cornerback Terrence Alexander (forearm) is questionable. Linebacker Sean Barton (knee) is out for the year.
The Trojans, meanwhile, will have defensive tackle Rasheem Green (shoulder) is probable. Guard Viane Talamaivao (pectoral) is out for the year while Porter Gustin (biceps) is out with a biceps injury.
OUR PREDICTION: In the last 23 games between these two teams, the over is 16-7. The over is also 5-1 in the Cardinal's last six neutral site games. Meanwhile, the over has cashed in five of the Trojans' last six games overall, is 4-1-1 in their last six neutral site games and is 4-1 in their last five conference games.
Stanford is coming off a 38-point effort against Notre Dame while USC has scored at least 28 points in four straight games. If both teams can get into the 20s then I like the over to eventually hit.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTION: STANFORD/USC OVER 58.5