Stanford at USC NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/7/2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Kedon Slovis and the USC Trojans host the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Stanford opens this game as 3-point dogs. The over/under is set at 44.
In their last outing, the Stanford Cardinal took the field against the Northwestern Wildcats and added a win to their record by a score of 17-7. Leading the way at QB for the Cardinal was K.J. Costello who went 16/20 with 152 yards by way of passing and threw 1 TD. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Cameron Scarlett paced the team on the ground in this outing. He had a long run of 17 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for 97 yards via 22 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per run. Connor Wedington was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 69 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 9.9 yards per reception in this outing.
The Cardinal step onto the field holding a record of 1-0 for this season. They are a low scoring offensive team in the Pac-12 Conference and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. For total yards, they rank 10th in the conference and 87th in college football with 365 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Cardinal have compiled a total of 1 passing touchdown and 0 rushing TDs. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 17 points per contest, ranking them 106th in college football. As a unit, they are averaging 132 rushing yards per contest which is 9th in the conference.
The Cardinal have one of the best defenses in the nation allowing 7 points per contest, putting them 1st in the conference and 18th in D-1. When it comes to yards through the air, the Cardinal have allowed 233 yards. Opponents are completing 44.4% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 4.3 yards per try. They have conceded 0 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD. When it comes to yards on the ground, Stanford is giving up 93 yards per contest ranking them 4th in the Pac-12 and 43rd in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.8 yards per rush putting them 3rd in the Pac-12 Conference and 47th in Division 1 overall. In total, they have allowed 93 yards rushing through 1 game.
In their last outing, the USC Trojans faced the Fresno State Bulldogs and added a win to their record by a score of 31-23. Running the show from under center for the Trojans was JT Daniels who went 25/34 with 215 yards by way of the pass and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception for this game. Vavae Malepeai led the team in rushing in this contest. He tore off a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 1 TD for this contest. He scurried for 134 yards by way of 23 carries which meant he was running for 5.8 yards per carry. Tyler Vaughns was the receiving yardage leader by earning 150 yards on 11 receptions. He averaged 13.6 yards per catch in this contest.
The Trojans head into this game 1-0. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Trojans have one of the best offenses in college football. When looking at their ability to score points, the Trojans sit in 6th in the Pac-12 Conference and 65th out of all the teams in the country with an average of 31 points per contest. USC is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 175 yards per game, which has them at 67th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 175 rushing yards through 1 contest, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Trojans average 447 yards per game overall which has them at 59th in the country and 8th in the Pac-12 Conference.
The Trojans are allowing 23 points per game ranking them 7th in the conference and 68th in college football. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in Division 1. They are allowing 256 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Trojans sit in 10th in the Pac-12. They have allowed 2 passing touchdowns for this year. In terms of points allowed, they have allowed 23 total points. In discussing yards rushing, they are conceding 206 yards per game which puts them at 105th in the nation and 10th in the Pac-12 Conference. This year, they have given up 206 yards on the ground and 0 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Cardinal/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinal +3
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