NCAA Football Week 8 Picks: UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinal
UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinal
Saturday, 10/19/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Stanford -7
Current Betting Line: Stanford -6
Opening Total: 55
Current Total: 54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
UCLA is aiming to win its first six games of a season for the first time since 2005, as it comes off a 37-10 victory over the California Golden Bears as 26.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Bruins rank fifth nationally in averaging 547 yards per game, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football picks, especially since quarterback Brett Hundley is coming off a 428-yard performance in terms of total offense. UCLA is 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points over the last two-plus campaigns, with the OVER going 6-4 in that situation.
The Bruins are 8-3 against Pac-12 Conference opponents under head coach Jim Mora, but they’ve gone 7-9 in games played versus ranked opponents since the start of 2010. UCLA is 2-0 in conference play for the first time since jumping out to a 4-0 start in 2007, which is a bit surprising due to starting two true freshmen on the offensive line. It’s important to point out that the program has outscored opponents 71-0 in the third quarter of its first five games.
Stanford returns to Stanford Stadium after suffering its first loss of the season, as it suffered a 27-21 setback to the Utah Utes as 7.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five contests. The Cardinal have put together a 12-game home winning streak, which is the third longest of its kind behind the Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks. The program is 10-1 at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or Coaches polls since 2009. Stanford is 3-0 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Cardinal haven’t lost consecutive games since the middle of the 2009 campaign—putting together a 7-0 mark following a setback since that two-game stretch. Stanford has forced at least one turnover in 31 consecutive games, but its last two losses in Pac-12 play have come on the road against unranked foes.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bruins due to their 6-2 ATS mark versus teams with a winning record.
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