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Trojans Cardinal Betting Preview for Week 12

Stanford CardinalSouthern Cal Trojans
8-1November 16, 2013, 08:00 | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum7-3

The Stanford Cardinal opened as just a 3-point favorite over the Southern Cal Trojans in one of the more intriguing betting matchups on this week’s college football card.

Stanford was ultra-impressive in shutting down Oregon last week. The Cardinal have beaten USC four straight times and has covered the spread in 10 of the last 16 meetings overall. Stanford still has a shot at the BCS National Championship Game, but cannot afford anything but another impressive victory against the Trojans.

Southern Cal has rallied behind interim coach Ed Orgeron, after Lane Kiffin was let go. The Trojans have won three straight and four of five under Orgeron.

Stanford is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games on the road and 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at Southern Cal. Of note, the total has gone UNDER in 11 of Southern Cal's last 14 games at home.

USC has failed to cover in its last five games as a home underdog. The Trojans sport a record of 7-3 and 5-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cardinal sit at 8-1 and 5-4 ATS on the season. The over under records are 4-6 for the Trojans and 4-5 for the Cardinal.

View Stanford Cardinal vs Southern Cal Trojans Odds and Stats.

The Trojans were listed as 3-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines. The total was sitting near 46 at 5Dimes midweek.

This game matches up the No. 31 (Trojans) and the No. 20 (Cardinal) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 35-32 result in favor of the Cardinal is predicted by handicapping models.

Stanford was a 26-20 winner in their most recent outing at home against Oregon. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (46) made winners of UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Southern Cal's No. 65-ranked offense, averaging 29 PPG, against a Cardinal defense that ranks No. 18 this week at 19.44 PPG. The Trojans aerial game is averaging 216.7 yards per game, less than the Cardinal secondary allows through the air, 250.11 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cardinal own the league's No. 29-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 132 yards per game when on the road. Southern Cal, on the other hand, rates No. 78 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cardinal at Trojans trends to consider:
Stanford is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Stanford is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games
Stanford is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Southern Cal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Cal is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games
Southern Cal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Southern Cal's last 12 games

Next up:
Stanford at California, Saturday, November 23rd
Southern Cal at Colorado, Saturday, November 23rd