USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal 9-8-2018

USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal 9-8-2018

USC Trojans (1-0) vs Stanford Cardinal (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 8:30 pm EST
Location : Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal

The Trojans of USC will visit Stanford Stadium in Palo, Alto, California, for a Pac-12 showdown on 9-8-2018 to battle the Stanford Cardinal beginning at 8:30 pm EST.  These two team have a long history against each other with both teams winning 2 of the last 4 meetings with Stanford covering the spread in 3 of the last 4 while the over being the play in 3 of the last 4 outings, also.  In their last meeting on 12-1-2017, the Trojans would get the 31-28 home win to where the Cardinal would cover (+3.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 58.5.  In their last outing, the Cardinal would get the 31-10 home win over the Aztecs of SDSU on last Saturday as they would cash in on the spread (-14) while the under was the play with the total being at 49 for the game.  The Trojans would get the 43-21 home win over the Running Rebels of UNLV as they would not cash in on the spread (-24.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 60 for the game.

USC Trojans's Latest Performance :

The Trojans would outscore UNLV 24-7 in the second half en route to their week 1 win as the defense would allow the Rebels 97 passing yards and 308 yards on the ground with 17 first downs.  Isiah Pola-Mau would have 7 total tackles on the night while Cameron Smith and Marvell Tell III would have 4 tackles each in the win.  The offense would put up 282 yards total in the air while having 219 yards on the ground with 23 first downs.  JT Daniels would go 22 of 35 with 282 yards and a TD while Aca’Cedric Ware would rush 10 times for 100 yards and a score.  Vavae Malepeai would rush 8 times for 47 yards and 2 scores for USC.  Amon Ra-St. Brown would lead the receiving corps with 7 catches for 98 yards and a TD while Tyler Vaughns would have 4 catches for 37 yards.

Stanford Cardinal's Latest Performance :

After going into the half with a 9-7 score, Stanford would outscore the Aztecs 22-3 in the second half to pick up the week 1 win as the offense was able to pick up 332 passing yards along with only 50 rushing yards and 19 first downs in the game.  K.J. Costello would go 21 of 31 for 332 yards, 4 TD’s and an INT in he game while Bryce Love would rush for 29 yards on 18 carries.  Cameron Scarlett would rush 7 times for 16 yards for Stanford as well.  JJ Arcega-Whiteside would have 6 catches for 226 yards and 3 scores while Trenton Irwin would have 5 catches for 31 yards total for the receiving corps.  Alameen Murphy would have 5 tackles along with 4 assists to lead the defense while Sean Barton would also have 3 stops and 6 assists in the win.  Jovan Swann would have 1.5 sacks for the Cardinal as well for a defense that gave up 113 yards passing along with 150 yards rushing and 12 first downs.

How USC Trojans & Stanford Cardinal Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Stanford is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

USC is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

After having done themselves well in taking care of business in the opening week, these two Pac 12 teams look toward division play as the Trojans will look to have another great showing against the Cardinal that seem to be very solid after locking down the SDSU offense late in last week’s game.  The Trojans certainly gave up some yards on the ground to UNLV and will certainly look forward to Stanford going to the well simply to see if they can exploit the middle of that D as well.  In all, expect a very competitive matchup against teams looking to continue their momentum while gaining the inside tract within the division standings, also.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Stanford -3.5

My reason for the pick :


I will back Stanford in this matchup as I feel as if they will wear down this USC team in the trenches (much like UNLV did) while tiring them down late.  It is for this reason that I feel as if the 3.5 points would be a fair wager for a Stanford team that played well at home versus this Trojan team that can be potentially dangerous, yet, will go through some growing pains on defense to begin their 2018 campaign.

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 54.5

My reason for the prediction :


Stanford seems to possess yet another powerful, tough, and aggressive defense in 2018 as they would certainly assert their dominance over their week 1 opponent.  And while USC picked up the win last Saturday, they were torched on the ground by UNLV at home.  With that being said, expect the Cardinal to provide a heavy dose of the run game in this matchup while neutralizing the playmakers for the Trojans for much of the game.  I really do not expect the total to come near its set amount.

Betting trends for USC Trojans:

    • Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
    • Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
    • Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.

Betting trends for Stanford Cardinal:

    • Cardinal are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
    • Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
    • Cardinal are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.


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