Free Week 2 Prediction: Trojans vs Cardinal Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) USC Trojans vs. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 8:30 pm EST
Venue: Stanfor Stadium, Palo Alto, California
NCAA Football Spread: Stanford -5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56.5
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USC has taken some early heat for not obliterating UNLV in the opener. They won and advanced and now they take their freshman signal caller up the coast for a really big test. I am excited to see what happens.
Stanford was a little more impressive in dispatching San Diego State, who they lost to last season but they lost twice to USC last season so they are going to be up for this contest and to show they might be the best team in the conference.
All throughout the summer we were wondering whether USC would be bold enough to hand the keys to a very young true freshman at quarterback in JT Daniels. The answer was a resounding yes and he looked pretty good.
This offense might not have the familiar names we are used to but there is definite star potential at all spots and the line is solid. They have a lot more speed then they have in the past too or at least it looks that way. Daniels just has to manage it all.
On defense I am concerned with how much UNLV gained on the ground. A big chunk of that was on one 71 yard TD play which is worrisome as Stanford has the most explosive running back in the country in Bryce Love. They do not run their quarterback as much though.
Beating San Diego State was a bit of a mental victory last week as the Aztecs beat them the year before. Stanford looked alright but the game probably could have gone either way if the Aztecs had been cleaner, penalties and turnovers killed.
San Diego State is always a very strong defensive side but they did an impressive job bottling up Bryce Love who had just 29 yards on 12 carries. One game is nothing to get overly concerned about and he has had success against USC in the past. 125 yards in the PAC 12 Title game a year ago.
The Stanford defense forced a couple of turnovers against SDSU but they also let the Aztecs run. USC will be more than happy to run the ball and take the pressure off Daniels so look for USC to load up and try and take away the run if they can. That is a strength by reputation but an area that has slid of late.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- Cardinal are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Cardinal are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
This is probably the only time you are going to get USC in an underdog role so if you are high on the Trojans you don’t want to miss it. .
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: USC +5.5
I am predicting the upset but either way I see this one as being close. Daniels might make a mistake or two but the Cardinal are not going to light them up.
Look for USC on a lot of teasers too as you will be able to get them at +7 or better. I am sure there are other games you could combine that with.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: USC 33 – Stanford 24
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