Stanford Cardinal (10-2) at Southern Cal Trojans (8-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 5, 2015, 7:45 PM (EST)|
The Line: Southern Cal Trojans +4 -- Over/Under: 61
The Southern California Trojans will play the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game.
The Stanford Cardinal are 10-2 and are coming off of a win against Notre Dame by a score of 38-36. Stanford hit the game-winning field goal in the final seconds to secure the victory over their rival. The Stanford offense is averaging 36 points per game with 437.6 yards per game. Kevin Hogan leads the Stanford offense with 2500 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Christian McCaffrey leads the Stanford rushing attack with 1640 yards and 7 touchdowns. McCaffrey also plays a big part in the Stanford passing attack with 435 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Rector is the leading receiver for Stanford with 474 yards and 5 touchdowns. Stanford’s defense is giving up 23.2 points per game with 376 yards per game. The Stanford defense has 23 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, and 7 interceptions. Stanford has had a very good year and is the only hope for the Pac-12 Conference to get into the College Football Playoff.
The Southern California Trojans are 8-4 and are coming off of a win against UCLA by a score of 40-21. USC needed to win that game to get into the conference championship, and they dominated the Bruins. The USC offense is averaging 36 points per game with 457.4 yards per game. Cody Kessler leads the USC offense with 3128 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Ronald Jones II leads the USC offense with 890 yards and 7 touchdowns. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the leading receiver for USC with 1302 yards and 10 touchdowns. The USC defense is giving up 24.7 points per game with 400 yards per game. USC’s defense has 36 sacks, 9 fumble recoveries, and 14 interceptions. USC has had a roller coaster of a year, but has been playing some great football in the last 6 games, with their only slip up coming against a high-powered Oregon team.
Stanford played at USC earlier this season, with Stanford winning the game by a score of 41-31. This was a back and fourth game, with USC leading late in the third quarter. Stanford took the lead on a 1-yard run 4:55 left in the third quarter, and was able to outscore USC 10-3 in the fourth quarter. Stanford had 474 yards, 26 first downs, and 39:29 of time of possession. USC had 427 yards, 20 first downs, and 20:31 of time of possession. Penalties hurt USC, who had 87 penalty yards on 8 penalties.
Stanford is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. Stanford is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 December games. The under is 4-1 in Stanford’s last 5 conference games. USC is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The under is 7-1-1 in USC’s last 9 December games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
This should be a great game between two teams that are very familiar with one another. Stanford has one of the better rushing attacks in the country, but USC has a top 30-rush defense. Whoever can control the line of scrimmage, will have a huge advantage in this game. USC will try to pass the ball against the 72nd ranked Stanford pass defense, which is an advantage for USC. Beating a team twice in one season is very tough to do, so I am taking USC and the points in this one.