College Football Odds & Game Preview for Week 4: UCLA at Stanford

College Football Odds & Game Preview for Week 4: UCLA at Stanford

Written by on September 21, 2017

Josh Rosen and the offensively explosive UCLA Bruins will look to contradict the College Football odds against the Stanford Cardinal, as the two longtime Pac-12 rivals square off in their Week 4 match-up on Saturday. Both teams will be looking to get back in the win column after losing their respective Week 3 duels, but only one can be the favorite, and this time around the honor goes to Stanford at -7.5. Now, let’s find out what’s going to go down when these Pac-12 rivals square off at Stanford Stadium with this contest airing live on ESPN.

Bruins (2-1) at Cardinal (1-2) College Football Odds & Game Preview

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET Where: Stanford Stadium TV: ESPN Radio: 570 AM (UCLA) / 90.1 FM (Stanford) College Football Odds: Stanford -7.5 Live StreamWatch ESPN

Series History

  • Total Meetings: 88
  • First Meeting: Bruins 0 – Cardinal 82 (1925)
  • Last Meeting: Bruins 13 – Cardinal 22
  • All-Time Series: Bruins lead 45-3-40
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Cardinal +82
  • Longest Win Streak: Cardinal W9
  • Current Win Streak: Cardinal W9

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Why Bet the Stanford Cardinal College Football Odds?

The best reason to bet on Stanford in this contest is that they’re playing at home and have a solid defense. Unfortunately, Stanford couldn’t put enough points on the board to get past the San Diego State Aztecs in their 20-17 Week 3 loss despite getting a phenomenal 184 rushing yards and two touchdowns from running back Bryce Love on just 13 carries. “I hope we didn’t take them lightly,” Stanford coach David Shaw told reporters Saturday, “but I didn’t do a good job of getting us ready to play a very good, very physical football team.” Quarterback Keller Chryst was awful in completing just 8 of 19 passes for 56 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Stanford lost the turnover battle 3-0 and lost their second straight games this season despite having a solid defense that is limiting the opposition to just 23.0 points per game.

Team Statistics

Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 23
  • Total Yards: 407.3
  • Rush Yards: 208
  • Passing Yards: 199.3
Offense:
  • Average Score For: 34.3
  • Total Yards: 412
  • Rush Yards: 210.3
  • Passing Yards: 201.7

Why Bet the UCLA Bruins College Football Odds at +7.5?

The best reason to be on UCLA is that they’ve been putting plenty of points on the board this season. Despite losing to Memphis 48-45, this past Saturday, the Bruins have scored at least 45 points in all three of their games this season. Unfortunately, the Bruins gave up more than they put on the board in their 48-45 Week 3 loss to Memphis. Quarterback Josh Rosen completed 34 of 56 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns, but also tossed two costly interceptions in the loss. UCLA’s defense was almost non-existent as they allowed Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson to toss a whopping six TD passes in the loss. The College Football Odds for Week 4 doesn't look good for UCLA. “I have no doubt that our team will come back strong,” Bruins head coach Jim Mora said, “they’ll find a way to put the disappointment behind them and get back at it and work.” For the season, Rosen is completing a solid 65.0 percent of his passes on the season with 13 touchdowns and just the two picks he tossed last weekend. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing their opponents to average a whopping 38.3 ppg and 515.3 total yards per game.

Team Statistics

Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 38.3
  • Total Yards: 515.3
  • Rush Yards: 275
  • Passing Yards: 240.3
Offense:
  • Average Score For: 48.7
  • Total Yards: 564
  • Rush Yards: 121.7
  • Passing Yards: 442.3

Expert College Football Odds Analysis and Prediction

There’s a reason why 65 percent of public bettors are already backing the Bruins in this contest and it’s most likely because Stanford can’t score the ball this season despite having a clear-cut star in running back Bryce Love. UCLA has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss while Stanford has gone 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. I like the Bruins to get the outright road win as Josh Rosen has another good game to overcome what I expect will be another fine performance from Stanford’s gifted Bryce Love. College Football Odds Pick: UCLA +7.5
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