Free Pick: UCLA vs Stanford
- Updated: October 18, 2013
Saturday, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
NCAAF Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Stanford -6
Total Line: 54
UCLA has a major opportunity to make a serious move up the board over the next two weeks with this game against Stanford and a road game against No. 2 Oregon next week. It has done everything right so far with a perfect 5-0 start both straight-up and against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in three of its first five games.
The Bruins have one of the most potent offensive attacks in the nation with a passing game that is averaging 323.6 yards a game to go along with a ground game that is churning out an average of 223.4 rushing yards. The result has been a scoring barrage of 45.8 points a game which is the seventh highest average in Division IA. UCLA’s defense has also done its part by holding opponents to just 18.2 points a game.
Stanford was expected to push Oregon for the Pac-12 North Division title this season, but those plans took a serious hit with last Saturday’s stunning 27-21 loss to Utah as a 7.5-point favorite on the road. This followed a harder than expected 31-28 win over Washington the week before as a nine-point home favorite. The Cardinal are now 5-1 SU on the year but just 2-4 ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of the six games.
The Cardinal’s offense is now ranked 32nd in the country in scoring with an average of 36.2 points a game after really struggling to move the ball down the field and find the end zone in last week’s loss to the Utes. Whether or not this was a one-game setback or an ongoing concern remains to be seen, but the bottom line with this Stanford team is that it has definitely had its problems against the better teams it has faced.
Free NCAA Football Pick
UCLA is a team on the rise in the Pac-12, while the Cardinal appear to be living off of their past reputation. The Bruins nearly upset Stanford in a three-point loss in last season’s conference title game and this time around they will get their revenge with a SU win on the road.
UCLA 34 Stanford 28
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