The Pac-12 slate kicks off Saturday night in the annual rivalry game between the conference’s private schools. To get prepared, we at Reign of Troy have put together our USC vs. Stanford score predictions.
Can the Trojans beat the Cardinal for the third-straight year? Will Kevin Hogan finally throw a touchdown pass against USC? We’ll find out, so let’s get on to our scores.
Alicia de Artola: USC 35, Stanford 17
It is hard to gauge the true level of either team after the opening two weeks, but so far this Trojan team has improved too much to bet against. The Cardinal are replacing two many starters on defense to remain at the level they were last season, at least for now, while USC appears to have more firepower than ever on offense. Defensively, the Trojans are also stacked with depth for the first time in a long time. If the Cardinal could not put up points on USC in 2013 or 2014, I don’t see them doing more this year.
Michael Castillo: USC 27, Stanford 17
After completing nailing the 59-9 score last week vs. Idaho, there’s a lot of pressure riding on this prediction. And while USC definitely has the ability to blow the doors off of Stanford, the fact remains that we don’t really know how good the Trojans are. Nor do we know how good or bad Stanford is. History says the game will be close, and the Vegas spread of 10 points just feels right.
Max Meyer: USC 31, Stanford 17
Yes, Stanford has held its opponent to 20 or fewer points in 33 of the past 43 games, but I really think the Cardinal will struggle dealing with USC’s explosive skill position players. And I don’t think Stanford’s offense has the firepower to keep up either. In something I would have never thought I’d do before the season, I’m picking USC as a heavy favorite over its rival.
Dustin Jacobs: USC 28, Stanford 10
Stanford’s defense is brand new but it has yet again amassed a Top 25 defense through the first two weeks. Hogan has never really been overly impressive or consistent and unless the Cardinal can run right at you, they can’t beat you. Low scoring game early, but the Trojans overall talent will prove too much late.
Nick Conley: USC 34, Stanford 17
The Cardinal have looked really slow these first two weeks and the don’t have the depth-rich, smash-mouth defense we’ve seen the last several years. The Trojan skill players will run all over them and the defense will pressure Hogan to make ill-advised throws into tight coverage.
What say you? Will the Trojans get the win? Will they cover the spread? Vote in our poll and sound off below in the comments.
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