Stanford Cardinal Vs. USC Trojans NCAAF Betting Line and Pick
Posted by: Mike Davis
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
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)
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
4-1-1 ATS in their last six away matchups
3-8 ATS in their last 11 home matchups
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