Stanford at USC - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (1-1) at Southern Cal Trojans (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Cal Trojans -10 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans meet Saturday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Stanford Cardinal look to get above .500 and come away with a big upset victory. Kevin Hogan is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 496 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Hogan has thrown a touchdown in five of his last eight games. Bryce Love and Michael Rector have combined for more than 230 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Christian McCaffrey has nine receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 107.5 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 124 yards on 32 carries. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 11.5 points and 255.5 yards per game. Blake Martinez leads the Cardinal with 22 tackles, Kevin Anderson has 2.5 tackles for loss and Ronnie Harris has three pass deflections. Noor Davis is questionable with a leg injury.
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The USC Trojans look to remain unbeaten and get their first Pac-12 win. Cody Kessler is completing 78.9 percent of his passes for 650 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kessler has 10 touchdowns in his last three games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Isaac Whitney have combined for more than 340 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Adoree' Jackson has four receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 234.5 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 169 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 7.5 points and 356 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the Trojans with 13 tackles, John Plattenburg has two tackles for loss and Su'a Cravens has an interception. Damien Mama and Lamar Dawson are questionable with injuries.
The Cardinal are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Southern California.
The last two meetings between USC and Stanford have come down to a field goal. Also, Stanford is as well of a coached team as you're going to find in college football. I'm able to put Stanford's loss to Northwestern behind me here. Yes, I know USC is loaded on both sides of the ball and has a QB who is on fire, but this is a rivalry game and Stanford has the defense and the big boys who can at least keep this close.
If forced to pick, I'm siding with the points here.