Bookmaker numbers are only going to get more expensive with the Stanford Cardinal after a dominating 4-0 start to the season in which they have mauled all comers.
Stanford got the money again at Sbgglobal last week in their 37-14 win at Notre Dame as 4 point road favorites to improve to 3-1 against the spread on the season. Stanford has come off back-to-back profitable seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh and is 18-11 against the board since 2008.
As they have all season so far Stanford again showed a national NBC television audience why they are considered to be a complete team in their brutalization of Notre Dame. The Cardinal outgained the Irish 404-351 and held a 25-19 first down edge. Most of Notre Dame’s yardage and first downs came in “garbage time” after Stanford bulldozed its way to a 34-6 4th quarter lead.
Stanford ranks 4th in the land for scoring and is 13th best in the country for points allowed. The offense itself is well balanced as sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck is developing in to one of the top assets in offshore betting with a completion percentage of 63% and 912 yards with an 11/2 touchdown to interception ratio. Luck is also second on the team in rushing with 163 yards and a phenomenal 9.6 yards per carry average. Stephan Taylor is another dangerous sophomore that has 265 yards and 4.5 yards per carry average. Tyler Gaffney is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt as; you guessed it, a sophomore!
A breakaway receiver you ask? Yeah, Harbaugh has one of those too in Doug Baldwin as the senior is averaging 19 yards per catch with 3 touchdowns.
The Best Coach?
All experts that are betting college football with a bookmaker are coming to the realization that Harbaugh is changing the dynamics of the Pac 10 with his phenomenal job of building a program in his image. Stanford is young with plenty of stockpiled talent for years to come. All of this at a school with tougher academics than what is the norm for most schools.
Huge Test on Saturday
Stanford will have a key Pac 10 offshore betting matchup on Saturday at Oregon that will likely have far reaching Rose Bowl implications. Oregon’s offense is beyond frightening and lethal and will give Harbaugh’s team its toughest challenge yet.