Arizona Wildcats (3-1) at Stanford Cardinal (3-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 3, 2015, 3:33 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -- Over/Under:
The Arizona Wildcats look to get back on the winning track when they travel to play the red hot Stanford Cardinal.
The Stanford Cardinal are playing some very good football right now after a sluggish start to the season. Stanford’s offense is averaging 30 points per game with 423.2 yards per game. Stanford’s quarterback is Kevin Hogan who is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 938 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Christian McCaffrey is the lead back for Stanford with 445 rushing yards, averaging 111.2 yards per game. Barry Sanders also runs the ball effectively for the Cardinal with 157 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey, Austin Hooper, and Michael Rector lead the way in receiving for Stanford. McCaffrey has 157 receiving yards with 1 touchdown, Hooper has 185 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns, and Rector has 161 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns for Stanford. The Stanford defense is giving up 19.5 points per game with 331 yards of offense given up. The Cardinal defense has 4 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 fumbles recovered. Leading the way for Stanford’s defense is Blake Martinez with 50 tackles and an interception. This game will be huge for Stanford who look to build on wins against USC and Oregon State.
The Arizona Wildcats are coming off of a home loss to UCLA where the defense just couldn’t find a way to stop the Bruins. Arizona is averaging 48.3 points per game with 555 yards per game. Anu Solomon leads Arizona at quarterback with 833 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was knocked out of last week’s game with a head injury. His replacement was Jerrard Randall who has 58 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception for Arizona. The lead back for the Wildcats is Nick Wilson with 570 yards and 5 touchdowns. Nick Wilson is questionable this week for Arizona with an undisclosed injury. David Richards and Cayleb Jones lead the receiving attack for Arizona, Richards has 219 yards with 4 touchdowns and Jones has 216 yards with 1 touchdown. The Arizona defense is giving 30.3 points per game with 423.8 yards given up per game. The Arizona defense really struggled against UCLA this past weekend and if they do not get better, it will not matter who starts at quarterback for them this week.
Stanford is 4-0 ATS in their last four conference games. Stanford is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 6-2 in Stanford’s last 8 home games. Arizona is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games. Arizona is 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games on grass. The over is 5-0 in Arizona’s last 5 games.
Arizona’s defense looked very bad against UCLA last week and with questions about whom their quarterback will be this week with the injury to Solomon has me concerned about Arizona this week. Stanford on the other hand is playing great football right now and should have plenty of confidence playing this game at home. With that being said, I think Arizona is getting too many points here, which is why I am going to pick Arizona.