Stanford Faces Arizona In Pac-12 Action
The Arizona Wildcats are 5-1 ATS as a home underdog.
The Stanford Cardinal (2-0) and Arizona Wildcats (1-1) are set to kick off their inaugural Pac-12 Conference schedules Saturday night in Tucson, AZ. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:45 (ET) from Arizona Stadium and will be nationally-televised on ESPN.
Stanford is favored in the betting odds for a third straight week, currently sitting as 10-point road favorites and the total has been driven up from 53 to 54 1/2.
The West coast school from Palo Alto, CA, has a chance to move up from the No. 3 spot in Don Best Linemakers Poll if the Oklahoma Sooners find potential trouble in Tallahassee.
The Cardinal were 4-point road underdogs the last time they played on the road in this series in 2009, dropping a 43-38 thriller.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has led the program to a 9-1 September record over the last two-plus seasons, registering wins over the San Jose State Spartans (57-3) and Duke Blue Devils (44-14) in the opening two weeks of the 2011 campaign.
Luck completed 20-of-28 passes for 290 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdowns passes versus the Blue Devils on the road in Week 2. He has also helped the offense convert 90.2 percent of its chances (74-of-82) in the red zone over the last two seasons.
Stanford has won three of the last four games overall in this series, while proving victorious in four of its last five chances in the desert.
The Cardinal torched a Wildcats defense that came into last season’s meeting ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense, rolling up 510 yards of total offense on its way to an eventual 42-17 win as 7 1/2-point home favorites.
Total bettors will find that the 'over' has cashed in the last two meetings, snapping a string of five consecutive games in the series going 'under' the total.
Arizona has a laundry list of injuries that includes star wide receiver Juron Criner being listed as doubtful due to undergoing an appendectomy on Sept. 5. The Wildcats have also lost two starters in a secondary that has been horrendous through two games.
Opposing teams have completed 78.5 percent of their passes against the Wildcats this year, which is a bad omen when facing a signal-caller this week that’s projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
The program has posted a 9-22 record against ranked opponents under the direction of head coach Mike Stoops, but the interesting part is how they have picked up such a victory in each of his seven seasons on campus.
The Wildcats must get a ground game going to help quarterback Nick Foles in this contest, as the school is averaging just 58 rushing yards a contest, which is 115th out of 120 teams nationally.
Foles has been dynamite in the pocket, completing 71-of-93 passes for 810 yards and six touchdowns. The potential loss of Criner isn’t as big as many would believe, as the program possesses one of the deeper receiving cores in the country.
Bettors will be watching this line closely leading up to kickoff, as the Wildcats are 5-1 ATS as a home underdog.
Weather forecasts are suggesting clear skies in the Arizona desert and game-time temperatures in the upper-70s.