STAN­FORD over Usc by 8

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South­ern Cal’s unin­spir­ing win-no-cover over UNLV last Satur­day can likely be ex­cused given it was the de­but of true fresh­man QB J.T. Daniels (22/35 for 282 yards a 1 TD) and a prob­a­ble team look-ahead to this con­fer­ence clash. But things don’t get any eas­ier. Now the first true fresh­man to start at QB for the Tro­jans since 2009 must make his first start in a Pac-12 road game, at one of the tough­est venues in collge foot­ball: The Farm. Eighth-year Stan­ford head coach David Shaw owns an out­stand­ing 7322 SU record with the Car­di­nal, with only FIVE of those losses com­ing on this field. It’s also hard to ar­gue with Shaw’s 52-15 SU and 40-25-2 ATS in con­fer­ence games, in­clud­ing 19-9-1 ATS when not fa­vored by 7 or more points. The Car­di­nal have cashed in four of the last five se­ries get-to­geth­ers and should im­prove on that should USC’s woe­ful mark as a dog of 6 or less points con­tinue. Yes, Stan­ford had just as much trou­ble with stub­born San Diego State last week (trailed 7-0 in 31-10 come­back win) as the Tro­jans had with the Rebels, but this is not the place to be for USC tonight. Lay it.

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