Free Week 14 Prediction: Cardinal vs Trojans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: PAC 12 Championship Game
(9-3) Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans (10-2)
Date: Friday December 1
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
NCAA Football Spread: USC -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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This is a rematch of a September game won by USC. Since that time I think it is fair to say that both programs have evolved. USC has proven they are not quite playoff material and Stanford has been more solid than strong.
I totally don’t mind a rematch in a title game. They only won by 14 but USC dominated that one in terms of yardage. I think we will see something similar this time around.
When they were 1-2 it looked like the sky was falling in Palo Alto. Since then they have gone 8-1 only losing a close game at Washington State. You can bet the Cardinal will be pumped to get a second shot at USC.
There is no player more important to his team than Bryce Love. The speedy running back has rushed for more than 1800 yards on the season and can take any play to the house. He is essentially the entire Stanford offense.
The Stanford defense has been just OK this season. Surprisingly they have been run on a lot this year including more than 200 yards on the ground in that loss to USC earlier this season. This unit is the key to the team’s chances.
The Trojans are inching their way back to the top. If they can win this one it will be their first conference title since 2008, when Pete Carroll was still coaching. Their two losses were on the road and if they kept it closer against Notre Dame they might still be in the playoff hunt.
USC’s offensive potential is off the carts. Sam Darnold threw way more picks than expected this season but his skill is proven and running back Ronald Jones might be one of the most underrated players in the country. He is on a heater now too – 4 straight game with at least 120 yards rushing.
The defense might be loaded with talent but they have yet to really come together. The key against Stanford is limiting love. You can sell out to do that and not get burned too badly by the passing game which has been a struggle for USC this season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-0 in Cardinal last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Cardinal are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 7-1 in Cardinal last 8 games overall.
- Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Trojans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
- Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
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I can see the rematch playing out a lot like it did during the regular season. Stanford is not what it used to be in terms of overall talent and the Trojans are building.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC -3.5
I think this is already up to four in some shots and I expect it to keep moving in that relative dead space before it hits the next key number. Other than Bryce Love going crazy I don’t see how Stanford wins.
In that early game between these two Darnold threw two picks and it still wasn’t enough to bridge the gap. They ran for over 300 yards too. That is likely to be lower but if Darnold plays a clean game the results will be there for the Trojans.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: USC 38 – Stanford 20
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