The Cardinal was very impressive last week and actually moved into the Top 25 while UCLA suffered a tough loss at Kansas State. The Cardinal is laying almost a TD in college football lines at SBG.
Stanford Must Break a Six-game Road Losing Streak – If the Cardinal is to win and cover on Saturday night they will have to buck a little bit of history. They have lost their last six games at the Rose Bowl against the Bruins. The odds makers like their chances as they are six-point road favorites. Last week the Cardinal routed Sacramento State 52-17 as quarterback Andrew Luck threw a career-high four touchdown passes. He was taken out in the third quarter or he could have thrown another. Stanford finished with 529 total yards last week in the win. The Stanford offense averaged 35.4 points per game last season and they look just as good this year. The defense was also good last week as they allowed just 167 total yards.
Series History - The Cardinal won last year against UCLA by a score of 24-16 but that was at home. They have not won at the Rose Bowl since November 1996. UCLA owns a 45-32-3 edge in the all-time series.
UCLA Can’t Stop the Run – The Bruins can’t stop the run at all. Kansas State ran through them last week for 313 yards on the ground. UCLA’s offense was not much better than the defense. Quarterback Kevin Prince was awful again going 9 of 26 for 120 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
Buck the Trends – Despite what the trends say, Stanford should win this game on Saturday night. The Bruins simply are not that good on offense or defense. Stanford looks to be stronger on both sides of the ball. A couple of betting trends to keep in mind is that the Cardinal are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 conference games while the Bruins are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 home games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.