College football gambling fans continue to see a steady erosion of both production and ability out of USC as they face a difficult college football betting transition year.
Kickoff Saturday is at 8:05 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling opened with Stanford as a 7.5 point favorite. ABC will telecast the game.
The USC Trojans are in the rare position of being out of the top 25 rankings after their 32-31 loss to Washington as 9 point home favorites. USC now stands at 4-1 straight up and 2-3 with the NCAA football odds. While the offense has steadily improved and ranks 13th in the country, the defense has been horrible and ranks 99th overall.
Washington amassed 536 total yards against Troy and tore USC apart with 6.6 yards per carry and a total of 225 total yards on the ground. Quarterback Matt Barkley has solid numbers with a 66% completion rate and 1127 yards with a 12/4 touchdown/interception ratio.
Allen Bradford is stellar on the ground with 500 yards and a sensational 9.8 yards per carry.
The 16th ranked Stanford Cardinal is coming off a tough 52-31 loss at Oregon to fall to 4-1 straight up and 3-2 with the NCAA football lines. Stanford jumped out to a 21-3 lead but simply could not hold on against the powerful Oregon offense that totaled an insane 626 yards.
Despite the loss Stanford is still a strong and physical team that ranks 5th in the nation for scoring offense. Quarterback Andrew Luck is a sophomore and a top NFL prospect that has passed for 1253 yards and a 13/4 TD/INT ratio. After the thrashing at Oregon the defense now ranks 44th in the country.
Stanford has covered 5 out of the last 6 college football gambling matchups in this series but that is counterbalanced by the fact that that road team has paid out in 4 out of the last 5 meetings and the dog has bitten in 5 out of the last 6 games between Stanford and USC.
The two teams have gone over the total in 5 out of their last 6 matchups at Stanford. Stanford ran it up at USC last year in a 55-21 win.