A great deal of attention has been placed this week on the ACC matchup between the No. 3 Clemson Tigers and No. 5 Florida State Seminoles. However, on the other side of the country in northern California a big Pac-12 matchup takes place on Saturday when the No. 13 ranked Stanford Cardinal hosts the No. 9 ranked UCLA Bruins.
Stanford is 5-1 SU and 2-4 ATS, while UCLA is 5-0 SU and ATS.
The current line in Bovada has Stanford as a 6-point favorite with the total on 54. The game opened with a -6 line for Stanford. The line was as high as -6.5 during the week, but some action on UCLA followed and the line was bet down on some books such as betonline and topbet to as low as -4.5.
Last season, the two teams played two games within seven days of one another. They met in the regular season finale and the in the championship game for the Pac-12. Stanford was victorious in both SU, although UCLA was able to cover in the second game.
Over the past five meetings between the two schools, the Cardinal is 4-1 ATS. The Bruins are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The OVER has cashed five times out of the past six conference games for Stanford.
UCLA has been dominating in its first five games of the season. Brett Hundley, the starting quarterback is averaging over 9 yards per completion. Hundley has thrown 12 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. The Bruins rushing attack averages over 223 yards a game.
Defensively the Bruins are giving up only 18 points a game.
Hundley due to rushing and being pressured in the pocket has been hit as many times as any other quarterback in the nation. An injury to him would cause great concern for the coaching staff.
Stanford lost a tough game last week to the Utah Utes. Kevin Hogan, the starting quarterback, has had a great start to the season, with the exception of last week’s loss to Utah.
The Cardinal defense as well as special teams has been the team’s strength this season. Currently the defense is ranked No. 6 in defensive efficiency.
The Bruins have covered each game this season and defeated both Nebraska and Utah on the road.
The line is too big for Stanford to keep a tough team like UCLA from covering. The Bruins should win the game outright.
Pick: UCLA 27-20