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Stanford Has Held Edge Over Old Rival USC

Proximity makes the heart grow colder, as the Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans have a rivalry dating back nearly 100 years. Stanford has gotten the better of USC recently, with the Cardinal winning seven of the past nine meetings between the two California schools. The two schools will renew hostilities when Stanford makes the roughly five-hour drive down the I-5 on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • USC is 10-0 SU in its last 10 games.
  • Stanford is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games on the road.
  • Stanford rushed for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns against USC last season.

Stanford opened its season in Australia for a Week 0 matchup with Rice. The travel did not adversely affect Stanford at all, as the Cardinal cruised to a 62-7 victory. Bryce Love proved to be a more than competent replacement for the departed Christian McCaffrey but the biggest takeaway was the play of Keller Chryst. The quarterback tore his ACL in the Sun Bowl last season but showed no ill effects by throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

The season didn’t start very smoothly for USC, as it took the Trojans more than three quarters to finally push themselves past a game Western Michigan squad. The Trojans entered the fourth quarter tied 21-21 only to score 28 points in the final stanza. Perpetually underrated Ronald Jones rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Darnold was a little bit rusty, throwing no touchdown passes for just the second time in his young career and yielding two interceptions.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Stanford Cardinal listed as 10.5-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER betting line was unavailable earlier in the week, but posted shortly at MyBookie.

OddsShark college football prediction models picked a 40-32 result in favor of the Trojans on Saturday. Check the matchup report for any updates or pick revisions before kickoff. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

USC battles the Stanford Cardinal, currently with a 1-0 mark (1-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 1-0 for the Trojans and 1-0 for the Stanford Cardinal. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and USC vs Stanford injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated USC Trojans and the No. 25-ranked Stanford Cardinal, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the USC Trojans' No. 28-ranked offense (49 PPG) against a Stanford Cardinal defense that ranks No. 22 at 7 PPG. The USC Trojans passing attack has averaged 289 yards per game, more than the Stanford Cardinal give up through the air (95 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Stanford Cardinal feature the league's No. 20-rated road run defense, allowing 146 yards per game. USC, meanwhile, ranks No. 35 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Bryce Love went over the 100-yard mark (180) in his team's latest effort as Stanford defeated Rice by a score of 62-7 on Saturday.

Ronald Jones II went over the 100-yard mark (159) as USC defeated Western Michigan by a score of 49-31 on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games
  • Stanford is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Southern California is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Southern California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern California's last 10 games
  • Southern California is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Stanford at San Diego State, Saturday, September 16
USC home to Texas, Saturday, September 16