I could make a case for USC and Stanford to win this game. I think the Cardinal’s pro-style offense actually plays into USC’s hands because it allows the Trojans to play a more conventional defense.
USC is also bolstered by the fact this is JT Daniels’ second game and he should be more comfortable with all the receivers. And despite being on the road, Stanford Stadium is not that hostile an atmosphere, especially when classes do not start until Sept. 24.
In Stanford’s favor, quarterback K.J. Costello should be better than he was at the Pac-12 title game and is better than Keller Chryst, who faced USC last season at the Coliseum. Stanford, unlike UNLV, should be a two-dimensional offense.
When you factor that in, and the fact USC has not yet abandoned its sloppiness from last season, I will go narrowly with Stanford, 27-24.