A huge Pac 12 battle takes place this Thursday night when UCLA battles Stanford. Both teams are still in the running for the Pac 12 Championship and a Top 10 finish.
A lot of changes have occurred already this season in the Pac 12. USC lost their coach while Utah has emerged as the College Football Playoff contender from the conference. Both Stanford and UCLA hope that a win on Thursday night will propel them up the polls. It’s still early in the season but this Thursday battle is already a key game in the Pac 12.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The #18 UCLA Bruins vs #15 Stanford Cardinal College Football Week 7 Line
What: No. 18 UCLA Bruins A (4-1) at No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (4-1)
When: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Kickoff: 10:30 PM ET
Where: Stanford, CA
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Weather: 75° F | A Mixture Of Sun And Clouds
Spread: Stanford -5.5
Moneyline: UCLA +180 vs Stanford -220
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Why Bet On #18 UCLA to Beat #15 Stanford (-6)
The Bruins hope their true freshman QB can break their 7-game losing streak against Stanford
UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen is very talented. But, he’s still a freshman. In every game where he looked unbelievable this season, he’s followed it up with a dud. After throwing for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns versus Virginia, Rosen tossed a pick and completed only 52.4% of his passes versus UNLV. Against Arizona, Rosen threw for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns. He completed 67.9% of his passes. In his very next game, Rosen tossed a pick and completed only 55% of his passes against ASU. UCLA needs to run the football in this Thursday matchup.
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 11, 2015
The Bruins have a talented running back in Paul Perkins. Versus Stanford, UCLA needs to find a way to spring Perkins for long gains. If they can’t do that, they have to find a way to make sure that Perkins is at least averaging 4 yards per carry. Stanford does allow teams to average 127.8 yards per game versus its defense. The Bruins will need to get more than that if they hope to spring the upset, but with Perkins carrying the ball, it could happen.
Why Bet On #15 Stanford (-6.5) to Beat #18 UCLA
Experience vs beginner’s luck as Stanford’s fifth-year senior QB takes on UCLA’s true freshman QB
Everybody was wondering what was wrong with Stanford when the Cardinal started out the season by losing 6 to 16 as a favorite on the road versus Northwestern. It turns out that Northwestern has a very good defense.
There is nothing wrong with the Stanford offense. Since only scoring 6 against Northwestern, the Cardinal has posted 31 points versus UCF, 41 points versus USC, 42 points versus Oregon State and 55 points against Arizona.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) October 10, 2015
Stanford’s offense is averaging 35 points per matchup on the season counting the Northwestern game. Not counting the Northwestern game, the Cardinal is averaging 42.25 points per game. That’s a full touchdown difference not counting Stanford’s first game of the season.
The Cardinal has excellent balance on offense. Stanford averages close to 210 rushing yards and close to 243 passing yards per matchup. Since UCLA will be without LB Myles Jack and DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Stanford should score at will against the UCLA D.
As well as Perkins might run the football, it won’t be enough in this game. UCLA is going to have to pass to keep up with Stanford. Expect the Cardinal to win this one comfortably. My final score prediction is Stanford 42, UCLA 30.