The college football betting season continues this weekend with marquee matchups that are sure to play a hand in determining the NCAA FBS playoff picture.
This weekend’s action will include Saturday’s contest between No. 6 USC and No. 14 Stanford; a match between two top-15 programs, each trying to climb further up the rankings at the other’s expense. There’s a good amount of hype building up around this matchup as players betting on college football are anxious to see a contest between two storied programs. Let’s take a look at what the sportsbook betting odds have to say.
Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans – Saturday, September 9th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Betting on College Football Odds:
Stanford Cardinal +6 (-110) 55 (-110) +195
USC Trojans -6 (-110) 55 (-110) -235
Stanford Cardinal is coming off a 10-3 (6-3 in Pac-12 play) that allowed the program to finish 3rd in the North Division. In David Shaw’s 7th season as Stanford’s head coach, the Cardinals will be looking to finally crack the top-10 rankings in the nation. The Cardinals got working towards that goal this past Sunday when they faced the lowly Rice Owls and promptly handed them a swift beating.
Stanford started hot and didn’t take their foot off the pedal for a minute. The Cardinal kicked the game off with a bang by scoring 21 points in the first and following that up with 17 points in the second. Things slowed down by a small margin in the 3rd since Stanford only put up 10 in that quarter. Shaw and company would go on to put up 10 in the final quarter, giving us a final score of 62-7. Stanford managed to shutout their opponent all the way into the 4th when the Owls put up their lone touchdown.
USC is coming off of a 10-3 (7-2 in Pac-12 play) that saw the program finish 2nd in the South Division. The Trojans are entering the second year of the Clay Helton Era and the program will be doing their best to crack the college football playoffs. Judging by how they fared against the Western Michigan Broncos, the Trojans have a bit of work to do before they reach playoff form.
Right off the bat the Trojans had to fight off the advancing Broncos. For three quarters, both teams traded possessions and touchdowns, giving us a tied score of 21-21 heading into the fourth. Things finally tilted in the Trojans direction when the Broncos failed to answer one of USC’s touchdown with a touchdown, responding instead with a field goal.
This gave the Trojans a slight lead, which they then proceeded to build on with another touchdown of their own. On the following possession, USC’s defense capitalized on an interception by running it all the way back to give us a final score of 49-31.
While the Trojans really shined in the 4th, they shouldn’t have put themselves in that situation to begin with.