No. 16 UCLA Bruins at No. 8 Stanford Cardinal
Friday, 11/30/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Stanford -10.5
Current Betting Line: Stanford -8.5
Opening Total: 51.5
Current Total: 44.5
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UCLA is set to make its second straight appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game, as it gets a chance to avenge last week’s 35-17 loss to the Stanford Cardinal as 2.5-point home underdogs. “I cannot recall ever being in this situation before,” stated Bruins coach Jim Mora. “I don’t know that it benefits either team.” The Bruins may have played with a tempered emotion last Saturday due to knowing they would play the Oregon Ducks in this contest if they would have won last week’s game. UCLA is 7-9 ATS when revenging a loss against an opponent the last two-plus seasons, something to consider when making your college football picks against the spread.
The Bruins are led offensively by running back Johnathan Franklin, who needs just 18 all-purpose yards to break Maurice Jones-Drew’s school record. UCLA is listed No. 16 in the current BCS rankings, which is its highest such ranking since the 2005 campaign. College football handicappers shouldn’t overlook the program in this matchup, considering it has won three of its four games as an underdog in straight-up fashion.
Stanford comes into the game as the North Division winner after going 8-1 during conference play, as the winner of this contest will receive an automatic berth in the 2013 Rose Bowl. “I remember when nobody was giving us a look down at the Pac-12 media day,” stated Cardinal linebacker Chase Thomas. The stop unit currently ranks first in college football in allowing just 71.3 rushing yards per game, while also owning the 11th-best scoring defense. Stanford is 22-9 ATS as a favorite since 2010.
The Cardinal have won 12 of their last 13 games played in November dating back to Nov. 28, 2009, while David Shaw became the first coach in program history to win 10 games in each of his first two seasons. Stanford will definitely try to get after UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, as the team tallied seven sacks and nine tackles for loss last week. Offensively, running back Stepfan Taylor is the player to watch, crossing 4,000 career rushing yards in Pasadena.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinal due to the home team covering seven of the last 10 meetings in this series, while the Bruins are 2-6 ATS on the road versus a team with a winning home record.
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