It’s the battle of the backups tonight at the Coliseum. And when I look at the rosters, I can find plenty of reasons for USC to win this game.
Especially when Stanford could not manage a point without K.J. Costello last week against Northwestern.
But last week’s USC victory over Fresno State left such a sour taste with its resemblance to 2018, that I am going to take Stanford.
If Fresno State solved the new Air Raid after about a quarter, wouldn’t Stanford be able to contain it? David Shaw is going to want to run the ball but I’m more concerned about what happens if QB Davis Mills is able to exploit USC’s secondary. He didn’t do that vs. Northwestern but USC’s secondary is probably worse.
I don’t think the USC offense will be much different with JT Daniels or Kedon Slovis, so I’m not dwelling on the QB change.
I’m going with Stanford, 27-17.