Ranked foes USC and Stanford are ready for a big early conference game this Saturday. USC is a home chalk favored by 10 in the college football odds board and the total is set at 51.5.
(21) Stanford vs. (8) USC - Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 PM ET
USC has done nothing but take care of business. Here is the reason why against lowly Idaho. USC took target practice with Justin Davis starting out the scoring with two short runs and Cody Kessler throwing the first of his three touchdown passes on the game to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 21-0 lead. Idaho got on the board with a 20-yard field goal in the second, but Tre Madden ran for two second quarter touchdowns on the way to a 38-9 lead. The Trojans scored the last 21 points. Smith-Schuster caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and Isaac Whitney caught a 28-yard pass play in the third.
These players were the starts against Idaho: Cody Kessler completed 26-of-31 passes for 410 yards and three scores. Max Browne stepped in and completed 4-of-6 passes for 43 yards. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught ten passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. USC outgained Idaho 737 yards to 311, but only converted one of six third down chances.
Stanford got in the win column after a first week loss. Thanks in large part to these key figures in the battle against UCF. For the second straight game the Stanford offense wasn’t working, and then it all clicked starting with a flea flicker leading to a 53-yard pass to Michael Rector. The Cardinal scored the first 31 points of the game. Kevin Hogan threw three touchdown passes highlighted by a 93-yard play to Bryce Love in the fourth. Barry Sanders ran for a 20-yard score. UCF finally got on the board with a 36-yard Tre’Quan Smith touchdown catch with just over a minute to play. These key players stepped up for the Cardinal last Saturday.
Kevin Hogan completed 17-of-29 passes for 341 yards and three scores. Bryce Love caught two passes for 135 yards and a score. Michael Rector caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, the one negative was Stanford was tagged for 12 penalties for 137 yards. This shockingly seems like a reversal in what many thought was going to be a top 10 Stanford team.
It would be easy to preach in a lack of discpline for USC starting with their coach's off the field incident. Shockingly the opposite has occurred. USC has performed up to speed while Stanford seems to continue to be lackluster. Stanford previous mantra of no penalties is not holding true to form. This could pose major issues when they head to face the Trojans Saturday Night. Normally the Stanford Cardinal give USC hell in their home stadium, but everything is going to go the Trojans' way this year. Having every angle and every position advantage we do think that USC will win the game; however, grab Stanford and the points with your college football picks for a close Pac-12 game. USC 31 Stanford 24.