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Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/19/13

UCLA Bruins (5-0) at Stanford Cardinal (5-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm (Stanford Stadium)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -5 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

The Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday in a battle of ranked teams in the Pac-12.

The Stanford Cardinal appeared to be headed towards a showdown with Oregon with the winner having the inside track at the National Championship game, but it was a little too early to be thinking that far ahead and the Cardinal fell to Utah last Saturday. The Stanford offense has been solid, averaging 36.2 points and 404.2 yards per game. Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is completing 61.2 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions and has rushed for another touchdown. Tyler Gaffney has taken the bulk of the carries and he is averaging 5.3 yards per carry with seven touchdowns and Anthony Wilkerson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry with a touchdown. The Stanford receivers are led by Ty Montgomery with 31 catches and five touchdowns and Devon Cajusste with 14 catches and four touchdowns. The Stanford defense allows 22.2 points and 379.7 yards per game with seven interceptions, a fumble recovery, and 15 sacks. Shayne Skov has 52 tackles, Ed Reynolds has 44 tackles, and A.J. Tarpley has 41 tackles. Stanford still has a solid chance of making the Rose Bowl, but winning games like this is essential.

Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/19/13

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The UCLA Bruins are 5-0 on the season and if they are going to take the step to the next level winning games like this one on the road. The UCLA offense is averaging 45.8 points and 547 yards per game. Bruin QB Brett Hundley has competed 68.1 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions and he has rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan James is averaging 6.3 yards per carry with five touchdowns and Paul Perkins is averaging 5.1 yards per carry with three touchdowns and he has 10 receptions as well.  The UCLA pass catchers are led by Devin Fuller with 22 and two touchdowns, Shaquell Evans with 20 catches and four touchdowns, and Jordan Payton with 13 catches. The UCLA defense allows 18.2 points and 353.2 yards per game with eight interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks. Eric Kendricks has 47 tackles, Myles Jack has 32 tackles, and Jordan Zumwait has 28 tackles. UCLA lost at Stanford last season by a field goal.

Stanford is 27-11-1 against the spread in their last 39 games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 19-8-1 against the spread in their last 28 Pac-12 games. UCLA is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 4-0 against the spread following a win, and -2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. UCLA is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games at Stanford.

Look for Stanford to bounce back from last week’s game and get it done at home and while I would like this one closer to a field goal, Stanford is still the play here.

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