College Football Week 2 Predictions: USC Trojans vs. Stanford Cardinal

USC Trojans vs. Stanford Cardinal
Saturday, 9/6/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Stanford -4
Current Betting Line:  Stanford -2.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Stanford Cardinal own the nation's longest active home winning streak
The Stanford Cardinal own the nation’s longest active home winning streak

USC is coming off a 52-13 blowout victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs as 18.5-point home favorites last week, while going OVER the betting total of 58.  The Trojans had no troubles getting head coach Steve Sarkisian a victory in his debut, which is important to consider when looking over the college football lines page, especially with quarterback Cody Kessler passing for 394 yards and four touchdowns.  USC is 6-5 SU and 2-9 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-5 in that situation.

The Trojans set a Pac-12 record in running 105 plays last week—leading directly to 701 yards and 37 first downs.  USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor had two touchdown grabs, while running back Javorius Allen ran for 133 yards.  In the last 37 contests in this series, the program has compiled a 26-10-1 SU record, but it has gone just 6-5 in its last 11 trips to Palo Alto.

Stanford opens its Pac-12 schedule after coming away with a 45-0 victory over UC Davis as 42.5-point home favorites last week.  The Cardinal’s 17-game home winning streak is the nation’s longest, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions, especially since they’ve also gone 13-1 in their last 14 games versus ranked opponents at Stanford Stadium.  Stanford is 3-0 SUATS when the betting line is between +3 and -3 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Cardinal will need a big game from third-year starting quarterback Kevin Hogan, who has compiled a 17-3 record under center as a starter.  Stanford all-purpose star Ty Montgomery is one of the more important players to watch, as he had 2,208 all-purpose yards a season ago, which included 61 catches for 958 yards.  Entering the season, head coach David Shaw’s 14-4 record against top-25 opponents was the best of any coach at a major conference institution.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinal due to their 5-2 ATS mark in the last seven meetings in this rivalry.

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