College Football Week 1 Predictions: San Jose State vs Stanford Cardinal

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San Jose State vs. Stanford
Betting Line: STAN -24
Total: 54
Time: 10 PM EST

Betting Odds from Bovada


The Cardinal start the season ranked 21st overall in AP polls that were conducted on the 18th of August… That sounds good until you consider they finished ranked No. 7 last year after losing to Oklahoma State in an exciting game in the Fiesta bowl.

The team could be ranked much higher, but poll voters aren’t giving them their due. They still have one of the best OLs in the nation and Stepfan Taylor is an excellent RB (2,770 career yards, 27 TDs). Perhaps after some big wins, Stanford will climb up in the rankings, and this could be the first of such blowouts to make that happen.

Josh Nunes could be a big reason for this success. He’s going to be watched closely since he’s replacing Andrew Luck and it’s big shoes to fill. Still, Nunes has a great arm and reads defenses very well, something Luck excelled at, as well.

Stanford returns 28 letter winners, six starters, and an offensive group that scored 561 points last year, for 43.3 points per game (7th in the nation). Returning starters include Stepfan Taylor, a star running back, Ryan Hewitt at fullback, TE Levine Toilolo, RT Cameron Fleming, LG David Yankey, and center Sam Schartzstein.

Their experience and overall talent is what makes them the heavy favorite according to college football oddsmakers.

San Jose State

Keep an eye on David Fales. He’s an excellent junior QB who just came in as a JUCO transfer. He’s big enough to command respect and not be rattled in the pocket, standing 6’3″ 220, and he has an excellent arm and skill set. Fales beat out Dasmen Stewart, Blake Jurich, Joe Gray, and Jason Habash for the job. He’s unproven, but should begin to show the signs of being one of the better QBs in San Jose State history.

Last matchup between the teams: September 3rd, 2011:

Stanford won 57-3 in David Shaw’s first career game as head coach. The 57 points were the most since 1969 for the Cardinal. Holding San Jose State to three was the fewest allowed since the last time they played San Jose State in 2004.

Series: Stanford leads it 50-14-1 (.777)

Betting Trends:

San Jose State

SJS is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 on the road. They are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games played on grass. They are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs Pac-12 teams.


The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs the WAC, 8-0 ATS in their last non-conference games, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 at home, and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games on grass. They are 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall.

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