Following a 24-7 disappointing defeat at the hands of the Kansas State Wildcats in their season-opening game on Saturday, the Stanford Cardinal will be reflecting on that loss in their next challenge against the USC Trojans.
However, the Cardinal opened as a 17.5-point road underdog at USC, from the Caesars Sportsbook. The USC team went into the season ranked No. 15 and went off with a 30-7 victory against San Jose State Spartans, the defending Mountain West champion, a game that was previously 13-7 in the fourth quarter and online casinos usa were keeping a close on the game.
Should the 17.5-point spread stays or increase, it could potentially become the largest betting line for a Cardinal team since 2012 when Stanford became an 18-point underdog at a previously top-ranked Oregon - The Cardinal claimed a 17-14 victory in that game.
Their next largest underdog spread after that was a 17-point line against Notre Dame back in 2019. One other time a 17-point or more underdog spread happened was in 2008 when the team became a 24-point underdog at USC that year.
In the last two seasons, Stanford Cardinal has overcome double-digit spreads as they won 31-26 at Washington as 12-points underdogs last December, having claimed a 23-13 victory as a 13-point underdog that same Washington the year before.
Stanford holds the record for one of the largest betting-line upsets in sports history when they claimed a 24-23 at USC back in 2007 when the Cardinal was made the underdog by 40.5 points by some sportsbooks at the time.
Stanford was made a double-digit underdog in as many as seven games over the 2020 and 2019 seasons. But the Cardinal were unable to cover the spread in five of those games. Before then, the last time the Cardinal was made a double-digit underdog was 2013.
In addition to the 17.5-point spread for this weekend, the total over/under score total stayed at 51.5 points, which makes for a score prediction around 35-17 in favour of the USC Trojans.
To defy or overcome this week point spread, Stanford Cardinal will need to work immensely on their offence. Jack West was the starting quarterback in their season-opening game against Kansas State Wildcats with Tanner McKee splitting reps all through the game.
Stanford switched the quarterback on five occasions in the game, and they ultimately failed to establish the run and could only manage seven points in the game, which ended in a 24-7 defeat to Kansas State.
Talking about his team's performance, Stanford head coach said via real money online slot: "On the offensive side, couldn't establish anything running-wise. We had a couple of nice creases. But once we got down, we tried to mix in the run but we were inefficient. Very inefficient. And then we had to throw the ball. It's a tough team to just drop back and throw the ball a whole bunch of times against because they don't give you a whole lot.
"This game was not indicative of how hard we played, how hard we practiced, and how well we practiced."
For what it's worth Shaw confirmed that McKee will be starting quarterback for their game against USC Trojans on Saturday. This could be a difficult challenge to McKee as he will going against a formidable Trojans' defence.