Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at Oregon Ducks (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Autzen Stadium)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the 20th ranked Oregon Ducks this Saturday night in College Football action.
The 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal improved to 3-0 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the UC-Davis Aggies, 30-10, this past Saturday. Stanford got off to a slow start agianst the FCS UC Davis Aggies, however, found their footing in the 2nd quarter and didn’t have any trouble securing the victory after taking a 27-3 lead with 2:38 left in the 3rd quarter. Stanford outgained UC Davis by a 351-308 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for the Cardinals was QB J.J. Castello who completed 17 of 30 passes for 214 yards, 2 TD & 2 INT. On the season, Stanford is averaging 26.0 ppg on 358.3 total yards per game (243.0 passing yds/g; 115.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford is led by RB Bryce Love who has 165 rushing yards and a TD on 40 carries on the season. Love sat out last week agianst UC-Davis due to an undisclosed injury, however, early reports are saying that he’ll be available this week. QB K.J. Costello has completed 61.4% of his passes for 7 TD’s & 3 INT while averaging 243.0 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Cardinal and Costello have been JJ Arcega-Whiteside (4.3 rec/g; 108.0 yds/g; 5 TD), Kaden Smith (4.0 rec/g; 54.3 yds/g), and Colby Parkinson (1.7 rec/g; 17.7 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 7.7 ppg on 301.0 total yards per game (196.3 passing yds/g; 104.7 rushing yds/g).
The 20th ranked Oregon Ducks stayed perfect on the season and improved to 3-0 on the year after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 35-22, this past Saturday. Oregon didn’t look their sharpest in the victory as they were 43-point favorites agianst San Jose State, however, they didn’t have too much trouble securing the victory and pulled away after taking a 28-6 lead with 9:46 left in regulation. Oregon outgained San Jose State by a 443-296 margin and held the Spartans to just 29 rushing yards in the victory. Leading the way for the Ducks was QB Justin Herbert who completed 16 of 34 passes for 309 yards, 3 TD, and 1 INT. On the season, Oregon is averaging 51.7 ppg on 503.0 total yards per game (289.0 passing yds/g; 214.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon has been led by QB Justin Herbert who has completed 56.8% of his passes for 12 TD’s & 4 INT while averaging 280.0 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Ducks have been Johnny Johnson III (2.0 rec/g; 44.7 yds/g; 4 TD), Jaylon Redd (1.7 rec/g; 39.0 yds/g; 3 TD), Dillon Mitchell (2.0 rec/g; 32.7 yds/g; TD), and Jacob Breeland (1.3 rec/g; 32.3 yds/g; TD). Leading the way for the Ducks backfield has been CJ Verdell (13.0 att/g; 66.3 yds/g; TD) and Tony Brooks-James (12.0 att/g; 57.7 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Oregon is allowing their opponents to average 20.0 ppg on 303.0 total yards per game (226.0 passing yds/g; 77.0 rushing yds/g).
The Cardinal are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Ducks are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Stanford hasn’t gotten the production out of Bryce Love that they expected to start the season, however, the Cardinal still have been impressive to start the season with solid home victories over both San Diego State and USC. Oregon is once against putting up video game numbers on the offense end to start the season, however, they’ve played nothing in terms of competition this season and didn’t look that impressive agianst a San Jose State team which lost to an FCS opponent to start their season. Stanford dominated Oregon last season in a 49-7 home victory and between the fact that the Cardinal will have Bryce Love and that I think the Ducks are overrated, I’ll gladly take Stanford and the points on the road.