The sixth-ranked and currently undefeated USC Trojans have put up a gargantuan 114 points verus giving 15 so far this season. In college football week 3 betting action Southern Cal will finally face a competitive team in the Stanford Cardinal. The game kicks off on ABC this Saturday, Sept 19th at 8:00 PM ET. Cord-cutters can stream the game live via Watch ESPN.
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Predicting The College Football Week 3 Final Score For Stanford Cardinal at No. 6 USC Trojans
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: 87°F/ Passing Clouds
Wind: South 5mph
Spread: USC -10
Moneyline: Stanford +300 vs USC -360
Game Total: 51.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Stanford Vs USC
Southern Cal (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) rolled all over Idaho in its 59-9 Week 2 win and even managed to cover the spread as a whopping 44.5-point home favorite. Quarterback Cody Kessler completed 26 of 31 passes for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdown passes while gifted wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster set career highs with 10 catches for 192 yards. The Trojans (2-0) racked up an insane 738 total yards in the rout.
"These first two games were very important for us because now we’re going into Pac-12 play," Kessler said. "Last week, we improved a ton. … Our biggest thing in practice all week was knowing that we’ve hit those plays a million times. Practice makes perfect."
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed with his team’s performance which included scoring touchdowns on five of its first six drives with each drive going at least 50 yards.
"We jumped out on (Idaho), which is probably what we should have done," he said. "It was a great win, but we understand what lies ahead."
Despite struggling early, Stanford (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) picked up a convincing 31-7 win over Central Florida to cash in as a 20.5-point home favorite.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 17 of 29 passes for 341 yards with three touchdowns to lead the Cardinal to victory. Hogan hooked up with wide receiver Michael Rector on a 53-yard flea flicker on the highlight pay of the game.
"You never want to allow it to creep in that, `Oh no, we can’t reach the end zone," Hogan said. "It was almost like breaking the ice. I think everybody kind of settled in after that and felt comfortable."
Hogan completed three passes of at least 40 yards.
"Once we got into a rhythm offensively it was fun to watch," Stanford head coach David Shaw said. "We did try to do some different things game-plan wise to get some guys in space. We have some speed on this team."
Stanford’s defense pitched a shutout until Central Florida scored with 1:22 to play.
Betting Analysis: 58 percent of the betting public likes USC to cover the spread as home favorites, but I’m going the other way with my pick for this Week 3 Pac-12 pairing. Each of the last five meetings between these longtime rivals has been decided by eight points or less with the past two meetings being decided by an identical three points.
I like Stanford’s defense and I believe the Cardinal are going to find a way to keep it close, if not necessarily get the outright win.
While USC has gone 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, the Trojans are also just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU win.
62 percent of the betting public likes the Over in this matchup, but I don’t think it’s happening, seeing as how each of the last three meetings between these two have come nowhere close to going over this game’s 51.5-point O/U Total. I am picking Stanford at +10 and the Under-51.5 as the smart bet in college football week 3 action. My final score prediction is Stanford 17, USC 26.