Stanford Cardinal (6-5) at UCLA Bruins (9-2)
|Date & Time||Friday November 28, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: UCLA Bruins -4.5 -- Over/Under:
The UCLA Bruins and the Stanford Cardinal face off on Friday in the Rose Bowl in Pac-12 college football actions.
The UCLA Bruins are 9-2 this season and sit in a three-way tie on top of the Pac-12 South with one game left to play but they have wins over Arizona and ASU so with a win here they should be in the Pac-12 Championship game. UCLA is averaging 35 points and 486.6 yards per game and are led by QB Brett Hundley who has completed 72 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions and he has 566 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. Paul Perkins has 1,265 yards rushing and seven touchdowns and Jordan Payton has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. The UCLA defense allows 27.2 points and 397.8 yards per game with 14 takeaways and 22 sacks. Eric Kendricks has 128 tackles and three interceptions, Myles jack has 70 tackles, and Anthony Jefferson and Kenny Clark each have 55 tackles. UCLA’s losses this year were to Oregon and Utah.
The Stanford Cardinal knocked off archrival Cal on Saturday for their sixth win and to become bowl eligible. The Stanford offense is averaging 25.2 points and 382 yards per game and are led by QB Kevin Hogan who has completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Remound Wright ha gained 488 and scored six touchdowns on the ground to lead Stanford and Ty Montgomey is the leading receiver with 61 tackles but he was injured on Saturday. The Stanford defense allows 16.5 points and 289.7 yards per game and they have 14 takeaways and 35 sacks. Blake Martinez has 92 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 3 interceptions, Jordan Richards has 75 tackles, and A.J. Tarpley has 71 tackles. Stanford has had a tough year but they looked as good as they have all season on Saturday.
UCLA is 8-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread and 16-6 against the spread in their last 22 home games against a team with a winning road record. Stanford is 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, and 0-6 against the spread following a win. The favorite has covered the spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.
I am still digging through the numbers so please check back Tuesday evening for my free pick.