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College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans vs. Stanford Cardinal

September 9, 2023


We have a battle of two undefeated teams in the Pac-12 in week 2 of the college football season when the Stanford Cardinals travel to take on the USC Trojans. Stanford won in week 1 on the road against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors by a score of 37-24 while USC has won their first two games of the season with wins at home against the San Jose State Spartans by a score of 56-28 and at home against the Nevada Wolfpack by a score of 66-14. 

Will the Trojans improve to 3-0 on the season with a blowout win at home or will the Cardinals keep the game closer than expected? Let’s take a look at how these teams have played this season.

The Stanford Cardinals enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 37-24 win on the road against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in week 1 of the college football season while covering the 2-point spread as a favorite on the road. Stanford scored 37 points while compiling 407 total yards offensively which included 249 passing yards and 158 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 350 total yards defensively which included 355 passing yards and -5 rushing yards. 

Ashton Daniels led the team in passing, completing 25 of 36 attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns while adding 42 rushing yards. Casey Filkins led the team in rushing with six carries for 67 yards. Benjamin Yurosek led the team in receiving, catching nine of 11 targets for 138 yards and a touchdown.

USC enters this game ranked 6th in the AP and 6th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 2-0 following a 66-14 win at home against the Nevada Wolfpack while covering as a 38-point favorite at home in week 1 of the college football season. The Trojans scored 66 points while compiling 354 total yards offensively which included 194 passing yards and 160 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 360 total yards defensively which included 311 passing yards and 49 rushing yards. 

Caleb Williams led the team in passing, completing 18 of 24 attempts for 319 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 42 yards. MarShawn Lloyd led the team in rushing with seven carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Tahj Washington led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the USC Trojans listed as 28.5-point favorites at home against the Stanford Cardinals on Saturday night in week 2 of the college football season. The Teams have split the last ten games in the series going 5-5 while USC has won two of the last three games in the series while going 2-1 ATS in those matchups. 

Stanford is 1-0 ATS this season after finishing last season with a record of 2-10 ATS overall, 1-5 ATS on the road, 2-8 ATS on the road, and 1-8 ATS in conference games while the USC Trojans are 1-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last year with a record of 8-6 ATS overall, 5-2 ATS at home, 7-6 ATS as a favorite, and 5-5 ATS in conference games.

USC is the more talented team and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games while going 2-1 ATS in those matchups. 

I look for USC to win in a rout in their first conference game of the season which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the USC Trojans -28 at home against the Stanford Cardinals in week 2 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: USC Trojans -28