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USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -8 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC 12 Network

The Stanford Cardinal play host to PAC 12 rival the USC Trojans on Saturday night.

After getting knocked around by Alabama in their season opener, the USC Trojans did the knocking around in a 457 rout of visiting Utah State that was never in doubt. The Trojans owned total yardage 422-253 and had a 77 yard punt return from Adoree’ Jackson.  Southern Cal quarterback Max Browne was an efficient 23-30 for 182 yards and a pair of touchdown throws and an interception while Sam Darnold was 5-7 for 62 yards and another two scores. Darreus Rogers led USC with 82 yards on seven catches followed by JuJu Smith- Schuster with seven receptions for 56 yards and two TD’s. Justin Davis gave USC a game high 70 yards on the ground with Aca’Cedric Ware adding 57 yards and a touchdown.

USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Stanford Cardinal opened the season with a solid, albeit unspectacular 26-13 victory versus visiting Kansas State as a 12 point favorite. Bill Snyder just didn’t have the horses to get the job done despite a 335-277 edge in yardage with a safety and a pair of turnovers doing them no favors. Cardinal quarterback Ryan Burns connected on 14-18 for 156 yards and a touchdown with Michael Rector grabbing four balls for 73 yards including a 60 yard scoring strike. Christian McCaffrey led USC on the ground with 126 yards on 22 totes with a pair of touchdowns while catching seven passes for 40 yards.

The Trojans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The Cardinal are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game and the over is 4-0 in Cardinal last 4 games following a straight up win while the under is 4-1 in Cardinal last 5 games following a bye week. The underdog is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the road team is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 meetings while the Trojans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings. I’ll lean Stanford but I don’t know if I’d bet a two spread game…

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Stanford -8

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