College Football Week 7 Predictions: Stanford Cardinal vs. Utah Utes
Stanford Cardinal vs. Utah Utes
Saturday, 10/12/13, 6:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Stanford -10
Current Betting Line: Stanford -9
Opening Total: 55
Current Total: 54.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Stanford makes its first trip to the state of Utah since 2003, as it comes off an impressive 31-28 victory over the Washington Huskies as nine-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Cardinal have the nation’s second-best overall winning streak at 13 games, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions in Week 7. The program has won its last game played in every Pac-12 Conference venue in addition to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field—capturing those games by an average of 22 points. Stanford is 10-2 SU and 9-2-1 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 9-3 in that situation.
The Cardinal are 3-0 SU all-time within the state of Utah’s borders, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines Saturday. Stanford is 26-1 when out-rushing its opponent and 26-2 when scoring first under head coach David Shaw. It’s important to point out that the program has recorded a takeaway in 29 consecutive games. Offensively, the team has opened the season by scoring 30 or more points in each of its first five games.
Utah will start a season by playing five of its first six games at home—the first time that has happened since 1915. The Utes are 0-4 against ranked conference opponents since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. It’s likely the only way this home underdog covers this number is securing the football, which is certainly possible due to it leading the country in fewest fumbles lost. It also happens to be tied for the conference lead in red zone offense. Utah is 6-8 SU and 8-6 ATS as underdogs over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 8-4 in that situation.
The Utes have outscored their opponents in all four quarters this season, but that will likely change as the conference schedule moves further along. Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson is 3-2 this season and 6-6 in his career as the starter for this team, as he’s completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,406 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is also the team’s second-leading rusher, with 40 carries for 248 yards and five touchdowns.
Sports bettors will likely back the Utes due to their 8-3 ATS mark following a straight-up loss.
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