Stanford at Arizona State - 10/18/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Stanford Cardinal (4-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (3-3)
College Football: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +2.5 -- Over/Under: 56 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Arizona State Sun Devils meet Thursday in college football action at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Stanford Cardinal look for their second road victory of the season to keep pace in the Pac-12 North. The Stanford Cardinal have split their last six road games. K.J. Costello is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 1,611 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Costello has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Kaden Smith have combined for 923 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Trenton Irwin has 27 receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 85.6 yards per contest, and Bryce Love leads the way with 327 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 22 points and 399.7 yards per game. Bobby Okereke leads the Stanford Cardinal with 43 tackles, Joey Alfieri has 3.5 sacks and Malik Antoine has two interceptions.
The Arizona State Sun Devils need a statement victory here after losing three of their last four games. The Arizona State Sun Devils have won each of their last five home games. Manny Wilkins is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,446 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Wilkins has one or less touchdown passes in three of his last five games. N'Keal Harry and Frank Darby have combined for 783 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Kyle Williams has 21 receptions. The Arizona State Sun Devils ground game is averaging 175.1 yards per contest, and Eno Benjamin leads the way with 715 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona State is allowing 21.2 points and 385 yards per game. Jalen Harvey leads the Arizona State Sun Devils with 44 tackles, Merlin Robertson has three sacks and Dasmond Tautalatasi has one interception.
The Cardinal are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up loss. The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Cardinal are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Arizona State, the home team is 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 meetings and the underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Sun Devils last 7 home games and the over is 4-0 in Cardinal last 4 road games.
The Stanford Cardinal are looking a little shaky recently, allowing 31 or more points in three straight games and the offense obviously isn't the same with a banged up or missing Love in the backfield. The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost three of their last four games, but all three of those losses came on the road and were decided by seven points each. Arizona State has one of the better home crowds in college football and it's not an easy place to play under the lights. The Stanford Cardinal are 4-4 ATS in their last eight games when favored by at least two points. The Arizona State Sun Devils are 8-4-1 ATS in their last 13 games when an underdog of at least two points. ASU is a really good home team and probably wins this game outright if Love can't give this Stanford offense a boost.