|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAAFOn Saturday night, the No. 2 ranked USC Trojans hit the road for a short trip to take on the No. 21 Stanford Cardinal for an intra-state California matchup. Gametime in Stanford Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET, and the game will be televised on FOX.
USC comes into this game off of a 42-29 win over Syracuse. We previewed that game right here. In that one, QB Matt Barkely threw for 6 TDs, going 23-of-30 for 187 yards passing. He is at 10 TDs on the year, with just 1 interception. USC, not surprisingly, is 2-0 on the season, winning both their home and road openers. The Trojans are averaging 44.1 ppg in their last 7 games.
Stanford was ranked No. 25 last week until they absolutely destroyed Duke 50-13 in Week 2. They were up 23-3 by the half, and 43-13 by the end of the third quarter. QB Josh Nunes threw 16-of-30 for 275 passing yards and 3 TDs. The Cardinals are undefeated at home this year so far.
USC is on a 6-1 run ATS lately, and are 8-2 ATS on the road. They are 5-0 ATS in their league, but 2-8 ATS in their Pac-12 road openers. Stanford is 15-4 ATS recently, 19-7 ATS at home, and 23-13 ATS in the Pac-12.
This matchup has been a fierce rivalry lately. In 2011, USC was favored by 8 points and needed until triple overtime to win 56-48. In 2010, Stanford was favored by 10, winning 37-35 but failing to cover. In 2009, the Cardinals gave the Trojans their worst home loss since 1961, 55-21, despite USC being favored by 10 ½ points. And in 2007, the Cards pulled off the largest upset in the history of college football, winning 24-23 after the Trojans were favored by 40.
USC is favored by 9 points over Stanford in the Betroyal.com NCAAF odds. The Cardinals are on a 6-1 run ATS as the home underdog. The over/under is set at 56 points.
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Smart money is on the Trojans winning, covering, and taking their revenge on Stanford for the last few years of unnecessarily-tough matchups. USC 40 - Stanford 21
We covered the Stanford-Notre Dame rivalry a while back. Read that article here.