Utah Utes vs. Stanford Cardinal Free Pick and Prediction 10/12/13
Stanford Cardinal (5-0) at Utah Utes (3-2)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes +9 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Utah Utes and the Stanford Cardinal face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 showdown.
The Utah Utes are off to a 3-2 start and after playing a ranked UCLA team last week they host another ranked team in Stanford. The Utah offense is averaging 39 points and 481.2 yards. QB Travis Wilson has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 248 yards and five touchdowns. Bubba Poole is averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a touchdown and Lucky Radley is averaging 6.5 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Dres Anderson has 24 receptions and four touchdowns, Sean Fitzgerald has 19 catches and three touchdowns, and Anthony Denham has 14 catches. The Utah defense is allowing 26.2 points and 406 yards per game with two interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and 18 sacks. Jared Norris has 37 tackles, Trevor Reilly has 37 tackles, and Eric Rowe has 31 tackles.
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The Stanford Cardinal are thinking National Championship game and so far they have beaten every team put in front of them. The Stanford is averaging 39.2 points and 407.2 yards per game. Kevin Hogan as completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and four interceptions and he has 135 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tyler Gaffney is averaging 5.0 yards per carry with six touchdowns and Anthony Wilkerson is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with a touchdown. Ty Montgomery has 23 catches and five touchdowns and Devon Cajuste has 12 catches and three touchdowns. The Stanford defense is allowing 21.2 points and 372.6 yards per game with six interceptions, 14 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Patrick Skov has 43 tackles, Ed Reynolds has 32 tackles, and A.J. Tarpley has 29 tackles. Stanford is coming off of a physical win over Washington last week.
Utah is 8-3 against the spread following a loss, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-5 against the spread in their last six Pac-12 games. Stanford is 19-7-1 against the spread in their last 27 Pac-12 games, 7-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 19-6-1 in their last 26 road games.
This is a bad spot for Stanford going on the road after a tough game last week but they have looked machine-like and I am not ready to go against them here.