Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 420 ViewsOn 11/10/2013 08:41 AM in NCAA Football
At the start of the college football season, this game would have been a headline game for the week with possible BCS Championship implications on the line. But a slow start to the season for the USC Trojans changed all of that as they fired their head coach. That change inspired this team and they have played much better football, but this week they will get their biggest challenge of the season when they go up against the Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal will have extra rest after defeating the Oregon Ducks on Thursday night.
Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans Odds
The college football odds for this game will be interesting to watch. Stanford is the better football team and they have the higher ranking in the college football polls, but the Trojans will be at home playing in front of their fans. Make sure to check out your top rated online sportsbooks leading up to this kickoff of this Pac 12 thriller.
The Trojans beat a weak Cal Golden Bears team this week even though they were dealing with injuries. USC senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin will undergo surgery for a hip injury, interim coach Ed Orgeron announced after practice Wednesday. Breslin led the Trojans in sacks in 2012 with 13 and was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
USC's Homecoming game against No. 6 Stanford in the Coliseum will kick off at 5 p.m. PT and will be aired nationally on ABC. That makes this a big game for the Trojans from a recruiting stand point among other things. Southern Cal has barely registered in the polls since early September; the Trojans got a single vote in last week's USA Today Coaches Poll, and were left out of the AP Top 25 completely. Despite the slow start the Trojans still have a shot at a title.
They helped their cause with the win over Cal. Southern Cal annihilated the Cal Golden Bears 62-28 Saturday, racking up 500 yards of total offense, returning three punts for scores, and reasserting their position in the Pac-12 South Division race. USC maintains its position in a four-way race for the division title, and a win against Stanford would make waves in conference as well as across the college football landscape.
A win would make the Trojans relevant again for the first time since they lost their head coach.
Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.