USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal Prediction, Best Odds – 9/8/18

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College Football: Pac-12 USC vs. STAN

#17 USC Trojans (1-0, 0-0 Conf.) at #10 Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0 Conf.)

September 8, 2018- 8:30 PM ET (TV FOX) Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

Meeting for the 98th time in school history, Pac-12 powers USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal will square off in primetime on Saturday night in a conference championship rematch that has the following College Football betting lines;

Stanford Cardinal USC Trojans
Moneyline
+180 -220
Spread
+5.5 -5.5
Total
56.5 56.5

The current public NCAAF consensus is in favor of the Trojans with a +180 moneyline.

In what is regarded as one of the best rivalries in college football, the No. 17 Trojans (1-0) and No. 10 Cardinal (1-0) will look to put on a show on national television as both teams will look to set the tone in their respected seasons with a victory.

USC has captured the last two meetings, including a 31-28 victory in the Pac-12 Championship last season over their conference rivals to the north but enter this contest as (+10) underdogs from our top-rated books.

The Trojans are coming off a 43-21 home victory over UNLV in which true freshman quarterback JT Daniels and fellow freshman WR Amon-Ra St. Brown paved the way for the offense. High school classmates, how will the two freshman perform under the bright lights of a big-time matchup on the road versus a stout Stanford defense?

The Cardinal for their part are coming of a 31-10 home victory over SDSU in which QB K.J Costello went deep early and often in the second half to help put away the Aztecs. Not much of a factor in the win was Heisman candidate Bryce Love who rushed for just 29 yards. We can expect more of Love versus the Trojans has he will be needed to help open up the offense.

Capturing their last 9 home games with some of those wins coming against quality opponents and with a freshman QB on the opposing side, we can see why the handicappers are favoring the Cardinal?

Prediction/Pick: However, none of those wins came against the ‘Men of Troy’ who enter with seven wins over their last 10 road games. Winners of six of the last 10 head-to-head matchups, BetNow is favoring STAN (-5.5) points over USC with an Over/Under of 56.5 total game points scored from XBet. Feeling the Trojans to keep this one close enough, I will favor USC PLUS the points (+5.5) to cover the spread as my best college football betting pick.