What Is The Stanford Vs USC Week 2 Line?Josh Bailey
Heading in to Week 2 the question is can No. 6 USC avoid an upset at home against No. 14 Stanford in Week 2 Pac-12 pairing?
The fourth-ranked USC Trojans may have won their Week 1 regular season opener against a dangerous team, but they were left with more questions than answers after largely struggling in their opener.
On the flip side of the coin, the 14th-ranked Stanford Cardinal looked mostly fantastic in winning their opener in style! Now, the question begs to be asked, can the fourth-ranked Trojans avoid the home upset against No. 14 Stanford in their Week 2 Pac-12 Pairing?
This week’s college football betting line favors USC by 6.5-points to beat Stanford. The Cardinal visit the Trojans on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET, live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California with this contest airing on FOX.
Stanford Cardinal Vs USC Trojans Week 2 Line & ATS Pick
What: No. 14 Stanford Cardinal (1-0) at No. 6 USC Trojans (1-0)
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Spread: USC -6.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Stanford vs USC
Why Bet the Stanford Cardinal Line At +6.5
Stanford overpowered the Rice Owls 62-7 on Sunday as running back Bryce Love took center stage after replacing the beloved Christian McCaffrey by rushing for 180 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries to lead No. 14 Stanford to victory as huge 31-point favorites in the Sydney College Football Cup.
"Bryce is going to be our lead dog," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "But it’s nice to know we’ve got some guys who can back him up. I’m excited about where Bryce is heading into this season. We don’t want to wear Bryce out in any one game, so those guys have got to come out and make plays like they did today."
Quarterback Keller Chryst completed 14 of 24 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win while Shaw apparently found another legitimate playmaker in redshirt freshman running back Cameron Scarlett who rushed for 68 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries while adding a thrilling 56-yard reception as well.
Why Bet the USC Trojans Line At -6.5
The Western Michigan Broncos gave the USC Trojans all they could hand as they started the fourth quarter tied at 21. Unfortunately, the Broncos couldn’t withstand a furious USC rally that resulted in a 49-31 Week 1 win in the regular season opener for both schools.
While the Trojans passing attacked struggled, running back Ronald Jones II put his teammates on his back to the tune of a fantastic 159 yards and three touchdowns, including a fourth quarter score that put his team ahead for good. USC also got their own ‘revelation performance’ as freshman running back Stephen Carr, rushed for 69 yards and two exciting touchdowns on just seven carries.
“Down the stretch they really won us the football game,” Trojans head coach Clay Helton said.
Heisman trophy-favorite, USC quarterback Sam Darnold, completed 23 of 33 passes for 289 yards, but failed to toss a touchdown pass for the first time during the Trojans’ current 10-game winning streak and threw a pair of costly interceptions against the Broncos.
"It’s just stuff that we have to go through," said Darnold, who "You’re going to have little mistakes. You’re going to have setbacks, but we have to learn from them and get better."
Stanford Vs USC Week 2 Betting Analysis
I’m going to get right to the point by saying I see no reason why Stanford can’t and won’t cover the spread against a USC team they match up very well against and one that is clearly a bit flawed at this early juncture of the 2017 season. Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst is very good even if I feel like he’s ‘flying under the radar’ this season. I believe Chryst, the clearly gifted Bryce Love – and David Shaw’s defensive genius – could potentially carry Stanford to unexpected heights this season.
The Cardinal have gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in the month of September, 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games overall and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. While it’s true the Trojans have gone 5-0 ATS mark in their last 5 conference games, USC is also just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 meetings against Stanford while the road team in this Pac-12 rivalry has gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings. Stanford covers the spread – and they could do it by winning outright!
Pick: Stanford +6.5 Points