NCAA Football Odds - USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal NCAA Football Preview

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
NCAA Football USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal

The Stanford Cardinal expect to be in the mix in the Pac-12 North. The USC Trojans are among the favorites in the Pac-12 South. These two perennial conference powerhouses will match up in Week 2 of the college football season in an already-crucial clash. Even though this is the Pac-12 opener for both sides, it could

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Both teams are ranked in the top-15 nationally. Stanford has the home field advantage in this one and will enter as the favorite but the Trojans have the type of talent that could easily push this one to the wire in NCAA football wagering.

This NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal will be held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California at 8:30 p.m ET on Saturday, September 8th, 2018. The contest will be nationally televised on FOX.

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Odds Analysis

The Cardinal enter this matchup as the 3.5-point favorite to take care of business at home. Stanford is getting more than 65 percent of the action despite needing to win by more than a field goal to cover the spread. The scoring total is listed at 54.5 points, with the “over” the more popular choice thus far in NCAA football wagering.

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Last Time Out

Stanford got off to a really nice start, dispatching a solid San Diego State team by a score of 31-10. The Cardinal trailed after a quarter and only led 9-7 at the half but pulled away after intermission. Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello finished with 332 passing yards and four touchdowns. If the Cardinal can get that type of play out of him throughout the season it should be very formidable in the Pac-12 race. The Stanford defense allowed San Diego State running back Juwan Washington to compile 158 rushing yards and a touchdown but kept the Aztecs’ passing game in check and held stout when needed.

USC beat UNLV by a score of 43-21 in its opener. The Trojans were locked in a close game heading into the fourth quarter but scored 24 in the final stanza to pull away. Quarterback J.T. Daniels was 22-of-35 for 282 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Daniels has big shoes to fill as he replaced Sam Darnold but had a nice debut. Aca’Cedric Ware had a big game in the backfield, rushing the ball 10 times for 100 yards and a score. The Trojans’ running game was impressive but it will be much tougher against a stout Stanford defense.

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Bryce Love -- The Stanford running back stumbled in the regular season opener, finishing with only 29 rushing yards on 18 carries. Love entered the year as one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates after a fantastic 2017 campaign in which he totaled 2,118 rushing yards and averaged 8.1 yards per carry.

There is plenty of time to turn it around but Love is off to a poor start and it came against a team that is in a lower conference. USC did not do a good job against the run in its opener and it will be interesting to see if Love can get untracked in this matchup.

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Stanford and USC both showed some highs and some lows in their openers but eventually got the job done. Love’s struggles are concerning because if Stanford doesn’t dominate on the ground it may not be able to compete for a Pac-12 title.

The rushing game should be better for the Cardinal in this one but USC has some firepower of its own. Take the Trojans to pull off the road upset in a higher-scoring game than envisioned in NCAA football betting.

NCAA Football ATS Pick: USC 31, Stanford 27

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