College Football Preview: USC Look For Revenge Against Stanford

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Stanford embarrassed the Trojans in 2009 and Al Dannity likes the Cardinal to repeat the feat in 2010.

It’s called defense Lane Kiffin is in a jam and he knows it. The Trojans were the weakest looking 4-0 team in the country heading into last weekend. After a defeat to Washington, they now look like the weakest 4-1 team in College Football. Offensively the Trojans have few concerns. Matt Barkley is completing 65.9 percent of his passes on a solid #43 ranked passing games. On the ground USC have racked up 234.4 yards a game, good for #15 nationally, and score a solid 35.8 points a game. Based on these figures College Football betting fans can see the problems lie on the other side of the ball.

The Trojans flat-out stink on defense. USC have been outgained by three of their opponents, failing to capitalize on some solid offensive play. That lack of killer instinct should prove fatal against Stanford. The Cardinal may have been overwhelmed by Oregon in the second half of last week but they remain a force to be feared in the Pac-10.

Andrew Luck may have given up two interceptions against Oregon but he still put up 341 yards while passing for 2 touchdowns. Defensively Stanford certainly had problems against the Ducks but USC don’t have anyone who can replicate the play of Darron Thomas or LaMichael James. This game shouldn’t even be close, which if nothing else means the Cardinal won’t need to go for a two-point conversion to make a statement. Bet on Stanford as -9.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Harris must avoid mistakes Miami and Florida State are two of the toughest teams to read right now. Both lost their toughest games of the season to date but both have also shown an ability to bounce back and win after those crushing losses. The question now is who has recovered more?

The Hurricanes are clearly the more battle-hardened team. While Pittsburgh proved an easy challenge on the road, Miami had a good test against Clemson on Saturday. The Hurricanes won with the help of 4 passing touchdowns from Jacory Harris but the quarterback also went 13 of 33 with 2 interceptions. Those kinds of mistakes are commonplace with Harris but they are also a big concern heading into this rivalry game. While Harris’ inconsistency is worrying, he faces a questionable defense this weekend. I like the Miami signal caller to have one of his better days and that should be enough for the U to triumph.