The Arizona Wildcats (4-3) head to California this weekend for a PAC 12 clash with the Stanford Cardinal (3-4). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on October 26th at Stanford Stadium and the game will be televised on the PAC 12 Network.
Taking a look at the Week 9 college football odds, Stanford opened as a 1-point home underdog earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Cardinal are currently listed at +1. The total for the game is sitting at 53.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Stanford vs Arizona
Arizona lost their second consecutive game last weekend, getting crushed 41-14 on the road against USC to drop to 4-3 on the season overall. The Wildcats gave up 10 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, failing to score even a single point until the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Grant Gunnell went 16/26 for 196 yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB J.J Taylor racked up 80 rushing yards on 16 carries on the ground. Brian Casteel led the way for the receiving corps, exploding for 101 yards and two touchdowns on just four catches. Overall, Arizona generated almost 400 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
The Wildcats had a poor outing on the other side of the ball against USC, giving up over 450 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. Arizona had no answer for the duo of Kenan Christon and Markese Stepp on the ground, as they combined for 169 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Stanford saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end in Week 8, falling 34-16 at home to UCLA to drop back below .500 overall. The Cardinal trailed 21-10 at the half and couldn’t find a way to pull off a second half comeback, getting outscored 13-6 over the final two quarters en route to a double-digit loss. QB Jack West went just 15/32 for 143 yards while also failing to find the end zone through the air. RB Cameron Scarlett led the way on the ground, rushing for 34 yards and a score on a team-high 13 carries. Connor Wedington was the only receiver to eclipse the 40-yard mark, making three catches for 48 yards. As a whole, Stanford gained under 200 total yards of offense and scored just a single touchdown against their PAC 12 rival.
The Cardinal were quite poor defensively against UCLA, giving up well over 450 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Arizona really struggled to contain Bruins RB Joshua Kelley on the ground, as he racked up 176 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 18 carries.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: UNDER 53.5
As the current spread indicates, this PAC-12 showdown could easily go either way on Saturday afternoon. Not much appears to separate either of these teams, as they have gone a combined 7-7 overall through the first eight weeks of the season. I’m not really interested in throwing darts against the spread in this particular matchup, as the game basically sets up as a pick’em. However, I do think that the UNDER on 53.5 total points scored offers pretty decent value. Stanford has now scored 23 or less points in three out of their last four games while Arizona has scored 27 or less points over that same time span. The total has also gone UNDER in three out of the last four home games that the Cardinal have played since the start of the year.
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Stanford has also had several impressive defensive outings at home so far this season, holding #11 overall Oregon to just 21 points back in Week 4. The Cardinal also only gave up 13 points to Washington when they played at Stanford Stadium in the first week of October. While Arizona hasn’t been nearly as impressive defensively, they did hold Texas Tech and UCLA to just 31 combined points in September. I’m going to avoid both teams against the spread in favor of the UNDER on 53.5 in what should be a tightly-contested conference battle here in Week 9.