Rose Bowl - Stanford Cardinal vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - 1/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (12-1) at Stanford Cardinal (11-2)
College Football: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -6.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The Stanford Cardinal were 11-2 this season and won the Pac-12 Championship against USC by a score of 41-22. The Stanford offense is averaging 37.2 points per game with 225.1 rushing yards per game and 210.9 passing yards per game. Kevin Hogan is the Stanford quarterback who is completing 68.6% of his passes for 2644 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Christian McCaffrey has 1847 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Stanford. Remound Wright has 209 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the Cardinal. McCaffrey also has 540 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Michael Rector has 486 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Stanford. The Stanford defense is giving up 23.1 points per game with 227.5 passing yards per game and 147 rushing yards per game. Blake Martinez has 132 tackles, Brennan Scarlett has 4.5 sacks, and Quenton Meeks has 2 interceptions for Stanford. Stanford is even in turnover margin this season.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes were 12-1 this season and lost in the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State by a score of 16-13. The Iowa offense is averaging 32.1 points per game with 201.8 passing yards per game and 192 rushing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is the Iowa quarterback who is completing 61.4% of his passes for 2570 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Jordan Canzeri has 976 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for Iowa. LeShun Daniels Jr. has 609 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for the Hawkeyes. Matt VandeBerg has 639 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Tevaun Smith has 546 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Iowa. The Iowa defense is giving up 18.5 points per game with 219.3 passing yards per game and 114.9 rushing yards per game. Josey Jewell has 119 tackles, Nate Meier has 7 sacks, and Desmond King has 8 interceptions for Iowa. Iowa is +12 in turnover margin this season.
Iowa has had a good season but has really lacked playing quality teams. They played Michigan State tough, but they were their only real competition this year. Iowa does have a very good defense, but will have their hands full with a good Stanford offense. Stanford also had a good season as they were conference champions, but their early loss to Northwestern really hurt them. Stanford ended the season on a three game winning streak and scored at least 35 points in each of those games. Christian McCaffrey is the best player on Stanford and is a big play waiting to happen. I think Stanford is the better team in this matchup and I like them to win by a touchdown.