Can the Stanford Cardinal exact a measure of revenge for their last season’s home loss to the USC Trojans this Saturday when the two programs face-off at the Coliseum?
The Las Vegas odds-makers aren’t hopeful. They have installed the home-town Trojans as 10-point favorites over the Cardinal.
Betting Trends That Influenced My Opinion:
- Stanford Cardinal 3-5 On Road since last season
- Southern California Trojans 6-2 At Home since last season
- Southern California Trojans 7-5 As Favorite since last season
- Stanford Cardinal 0-1 When Line was 49 to 53 since last season
- Southern California Trojans 6-2 As Home Favorite since last season
- Stanford Cardinal 2-6 O-U On Road since last season
- Stanford Cardinal 1-6 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Southern California Trojans 2-3 O-U When Line is 50 to 60 since last season
- Stanford Cardinal 0-3 O-U When Line was 49 to 53 since last season
- Southern California Trojans 0-1 O-U When Line was 49 to 53 since last season
- Stanford Cardinal 1-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging >32 PPG since last season
How I Am Betting The Stanford Cardinal Vs #6 USC Trojans Betting Line
What: Stanford Cardinal (1-1) at No. 6 USC Trojans (2-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: Royal Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Weather: 90°F/ Passing Clouds
Wind: South 5mph
Spread: USC -10
Moneyline: Stanford +300 vs USC -360
Game Total: 51
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Stanford Vs USC
Why Bet On Stanford to Beat 6 USC (-10)
If the Cardinal can pull out an upset, the Trojans post season dreams will be up in smoke.
Although losing 6 to 16 to Northwestern as a -10 point road favorite in Week 1 was disappointing, Stanford’s defense didn’t play all that badly. Since David Shaw took over for Jim Harbaugh, Stanford’s program has revolved around an incredible defense, smart quarterback play, and a good running game.
Although the jury is still out on the smart quarterback play and the running game, there’s no doubt that Stanford’s defense is as good as it has been in past seasons. Perhaps it’s not as good, but it’s close to being as good. Stanford held Northwestern to only 330 total yards and 16 points. In Week 2 versus UCF, Stanford’s D held UCF to only 30 yards rushing from 29 attempts. That’s 1 yard per attempt. Central Florida passed for only 151 yards. In total, Central Florida scored a single touchdown and had 181 total yards.
In last year’s battle between these two, Stanford held USC to only 13 points and 291 total yards. If the Cardinal is able to do the same thing to USC’s offense this season, they could beat the Trojans straight up.
Why Bet On 6 USC (-10) to Beat Stanford
Shut down USC’s high-powered offense? Are you joking?
USC’s high-powered offense isn’t your normal high-powered offense. It’s run by the best quarterback in college football, Cody Kessler. Kessler is completing 78.9% of his passes. He’s thrown for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns and he hasn’t tossed a pick. Kessler is incredibly capable of tearing apart any defense in college football.
Last season, he threw 39 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions. He’s so incredibly efficient that the Trojans’ offense is almost like a Swiss watch. The Trojans are ranked in the Top 10 in 3 categories. USC averages 623 total yards per game, which ranks them fifth. Kessler averages 386.5 yards per game, which ranks sixth in college football. The Trojans score 57 points per game. That’s sixth. USC can rush the ball as well since they average 236.5 yards per game on the ground.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 16, 2015
Stanford always plays USC tough, but this year could be different. The Trojans are so gifted offensively that it’s difficult to see USC not scoring over 30 points in this matchup. USC can run or pass against Stanford’s defense while the Trojans’ defense should be able to contain Stanford QB Kevin Hogan. I am picking So. Cal to win and win big. Bet the bank on them. My final score prediction is USC 35, Stanford 17.