The USC Trojans are eight-point favorites to beat the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday in a matchup of two ranked Pac-12 squads. The betting lines opened with USC as a nine-point favorite but that slimmed down after the second week of play.
The No. 2 Trojans (2-0) head to Palo Alto, Calif., after an underwhelming 42-29 win over Syracuse. USC allowed the unranked Orangemen to roll up 455 yards and 10 more first downs than its own offense.
That should give David Shaw's team hope they'll be able to move the ball. Ranked No. 21, Stanford (2-0) is coming off a 50-13 victory against the Duke Blue Devils. They intercepted three Duke passes and limited the Blue Devils to just 27 yards on the ground.
The over-under for the game is set at 56. While the Trojans have the clear offensive advantage with Matt Barkley tossing it to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, the Cardinal have a better defensive resume early this season, allowing just 15 points a game compared to USC's 19.5.