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Stanford Cardinal Vs. USC Trojans NCAAF Betting Line and Pick

Posted by: Mike Davis
Stanford Cardinal Vs. USC Trojans NCAAF Betting odds, picks and game preview

At the beginning of the season, no coach in America had a hotter seat than USC’s Clay Helton. Opening night saw the Trojans win but fail to cover at home against Fresno State. But the big betting on college football news was the season-ending injury to quarterback JT Daniels. Freshman Kedon Slovis is now tasked with taking over as starting quarterback. And saving his coach’s job. Also suffering from an injured quarterback is Stanford. Starter KJ Costello departed last week’s win over Northwestern with a head injury. He is questionable for this week’s game at the LA Coliseum.

Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans

When: Saturday, September 7, 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
TV: ESPN
Stream: ESPN
Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Stanford +1 (-110) 44½ (-110) -102
USC -1 (-110) 44½ (-110) -118
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Stanford Cardinal

Last week Stanford earned a plodding 17-7 home payout against Northwestern. A deeper look shows the Cardinal carried the play with a 365-210 total yards advantage. Additionally, the Cardinal was plus-two on turnovers.

Players to Watch: QB KJ Costello (152 YDS, 80% COMP, 7.6 AVG, 1 TD, 160.3 RTG), QB Davis Mills (81 YDS, 50% COMP, 5.8 AVG, 0 TD, 0 INT, 98.6 RTG), RB Cameron Scarlett (22 ATT, 97 YDS, 4.4 YPC, 0 TD, 3 REC, 27 YDS, 9.0 YPC, 0 TD), WR Connor Wedington (7 REC, 69 YDS, 9.9 YPC, 0 TD), WR Michael Wilson (6 REC, 47 YDS, 7.8 YPC, 1 TD), TE Colby Parkinson (4 REC, 38 YDS, 9.5 YPC, 0 TD)

USC Trojans

Last week USC scored a 31-23 home win over Fresno State as 14-point overlays. Fresno State outgained the Men of Troy 462-447. Now, Helton and offensive coordinator, Graham Harrell must carefully prepare the freshman Slovis for action. To begin with, Slovis will be surrounded by a deep and talented roster. He was okay in his limited time off the bench against Fresno State. Owing to USC jumping out to a 31-13 fourth-quarter lead did the defense let up some. Stanford’s offense is hardly dynamic. Correlate the need for just a solid performance by the stop unit.

Players to Watch: QB Kedon Slovis (57 YDS, 75% COMP, 7.1 AVG, 1 INT, 109.9 RTG), RB Vavae Malepeai (23 ATT, 134 YDS, 5.8 YPC, 1 TD), RB Stephen Carr (6 ATT, 43 YDS, 7.2 YPC, 1 TD, 6 REC, 43 YDS, 7.2 YPC, 1 TD), WR Tyler Vaughns (11 REC, 150 YDS, 13.6 YPC, 0 TD), WR Amon Ra St. Brown (5 REC, 38 YDS, 7.6 YPC, 0 TD), WR Michael Pittman Jr (6 REC, 28 YDS, 4.7 YPC, 0 TD)

Stanford vs. USC Betting Numbers

Trends

Stanford Cardinal

4-1-1 ATS in their last six away matchups
4-2 over the total on the road in their last six tilts
7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Pac 12 Conference games
6-2 over the total in their last eight Pac 12 matchups
4-1-1 ATS on the Pac 12 road
3-2 over the total in away Pac 12 matchups
4-1 ATS in their last five games against USC
4-2 over the total with the Trojans in their last six meetings

USC Trojans

3-8 ATS in their last 11 home matchups
5-4 over the total in their last nine games at LA Memorial Coliseum
3-8 ATS in their last 11 games with the Pac 12 Conference
3-4 under the total against the Pac 12
2-6 in their last eight games at home vs. Pac 12 teams
4-3 over the total at LA Memorial Coliseum against the Pac 12
2-5 ATS in their last seven home games with Stanford
4-1 over the total at LA Memorial Coliseum against the Cardinal

Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans Betting Picks

Due to the injury to Daniels is this game a pick’em. Accordingly, the sportsbook public is leery about the Trojans. So too could USC’s value increase as a result. Stanford did win last week but was not impressive. Look for Slovis to surprise.

Score Prediction: USC 31, Stanford 17