Army Black Knights (1-0) at Stanford Cardinal (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -27.5 -- Over/Under:
The Stanford Cardinal and the Army Black Knights face off in Palo Alto on Saturday in college football action.
The Stanford Cardinal are coming off of a tough loss at home against USC where they failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities and made mistakes that cost them a game that they outplayed their opponent. QB Kevin Hogan has looked solid by the numbers but what his 74 percent completion percentage doesn’t show is his fumble on Stanford’s final drive last week and his inability to take the team in for scores with several trips inside scoring position. Stanford spreads the ball around in the backfield with Reumond Wright and Kelsey Young carrying the load. Ty Montgomery is Stanford’s best offensive player both as a receiver and in the return game and he has 14 catches thus far. The Cardinal defense has two interceptions, six sacks and a fumble recovery. A.J. Tarpley has 14 tackles including a sack and Blake Martinez has 14 tackles. It will be a challenge for Stanford head Coach David Shaw to rally his team after last week’s big letdown.
The Army Black Knights got their season started the right way on Saturday getting out to a big lead in Buffalo and then holding on for the win. Army tore it up on the ground and was effective through the air but they have to be concerned about the defensive breakdowns late. Army has yet to have an incomplete pass as Angel Santiago went 6 for 6 but passing isn’t a where Army makes their living. Larry Dixon ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Baggett rushed for 78 as Army ran for 355 yards in all. Defensively Army was gouged through the air allowing 401 yards but they did have three interceptions. Jeremy Timpf had 10 tackles to lead Army and Josh Jenkins had 7.0 tackles and two interceptions but the Black Knights failed to get a sack. Army will simply need to be a lot better here if they hope to stay with Stanford.
Stanford is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 5-11 against the spread against Independents, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-Pac-12 games. Army is 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 road games, 0-5 against the spread following a win, and 3-13 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.
These two teams met at West Point last year and it was a lot closer than many expected but Stanford is the better team and while it is possible they start off flat, expect them to find their game and roll an over matched Army team.
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