The Stanford Cardinal will be traveling to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night to take on the 14th-ranked USC Trojans in a Pac-12 matchup. Stanford lost a road game to the Kansas State Wildcats 24-7. Sophomore quarterback Tanner McKee finished 15-of-18 for 118 yards and a touchdown. USC defeated the San Jose State Spartans won 30-7 last week and junior Kedon Slovis finished 24-of-36 for 256 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
These teams played well this season through the first week and this first Pac-12 Conference game of the season. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our wager.
Line Movements & Weather
The line has stayed true at USC -17 all week, despite the fact that the Trojans have grabbed 74% of the bets. The Sharps are clearly on the side of the Cardinal.
The OU line started out at 49 but has been bet up to 53.5 or 54, depending on the sportsbook you frequent most. The Over has snatched up 61% of the bets this week.
Gametime Weather: Clear skies with temps in the lower 70s.
Seniority MattersThe Stanford Cardinal have a solid option out wide as senior wide receiver Brycen Tremayne as he finished the first game of the season with five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. His five receptions is a career-high for him and being able to be a significant target for Tanner McKee in the offense is great to continue moving the chains here. If Stanford can continue to draw up plays to make sure Brycen Tremayne is open down the field, it will really make the team a tougher opponent.
The Stanford Cardinal has been a decent defensive option in their first game of the season against the Kansas State Wildcats. They were pretty good at getting stops on third down as they were 2-for-7 on third down and the Wildcats converted their only fourth down attempt. The Cardinal finished allowing 344 total yards (144 passing, 200 rushing) and they need to figure out how to stop the rushing attack as Kansas State ran for 6.5 yards per carry. If the defense can stand up and improve here, it will really help them be a solid program.
Out - DB Salim Turner-Muhammad and DB Jonathan McGill
Questionable - WR Michael Wilson
Across the PondThe USC Trojans have a solid receiving option in junior wideout Drake London. He finished the opening game with 12 catches for 137 yards (11.4 yards per catch) and was able to rack in half of the receptions in the first game of the season. The 12 receptions for London was the first time in his career that he was able to rack up double-digit receptions and that helps the offense of the Trojans step up. This USC team is not going to run the ball often this season so expect crazy numbers like this out of London to be more of the regular.
The USC Trojans defense has been solid as they gave up seven points and 376 total yards (308 passing, 68 rushing). The third-down defensive stops were critical as the Spartans went just 3-for-13 on third down and 1-for-2 on fourth down. One of the best signs from the Trojans defensively was the fact that they were able to snag a pair of interceptions in this game as well. If the defense can continue to get the opposing offense off the field as well as they did here, it will do wonders here.
Out - DB Isaiah Pola-Mao, LB Jordan Iosefa, LB Tayler Katoa, QB Mo Hasan, DB Briton Allen, WR Jake Smith, and WR Bru McCoy
Questionable - LB Drake Jackson, TE Josh Falo, DL Jacob Lichtenstein, DB Chris Steele, DL Nick Figueroa, DB Adonis Otey, DL Korey Foreman, and HB Darwin Barlow.
- USC: 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- USC: 5-2 ATS in their 7 games as a home favorite
- Stanford: 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss
- Stanford: 0-6 ATS in their last 6 September games