A top Pac 12 squad battles the Atlantic Coast Conference runner up on New Year’s Eve this Monday when Stanford and Pittsburgh head to El Paso, Texas for the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Stanford had a down season compared to how they usually perform. They can make up for it with a victory over the Panthers on Dec. 31. Pitt won’t just allow the Cardinal to take the win, though. Check out analysis and NCAAF odds for Stanford vs Pittsburgh!
Stanford vs Pittsburgh 2018 Sun Bowl Odds & Betting Prediction
- When: Monday, Dec. 31 at 2:00 pm ET
- Where: Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
- TV: CBS
- Radio: Stanford / Pittsburgh
- Live Stream: CBSsports.com
- ATS Odds: Stanford -5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under Total Odds: 52 (-110)
- Clear: 8°C/47°F
- Humidity: 36%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: 13 mph W
- Cloud Cover: 2%
- Type of Stadium: Open
Why Stanford Cardinal are a good bet -5.5?
Stanford doesn’t often lose 4 times in a single season. A look at who the Cardinal lost to, though, and it makes sense.
College Football Playoff participant Notre Dame beat Stanford 38-17 on Sep. 29. Holiday Bowl participant Utah took down the Cardinal 40-21 on Oct. 6 while Washington State beat Standford 41-38 on Oct. 27. Stanford’s fourth loss was to Pac 12 Champion Washington on the road.
The Cardinal are the better team in the 2018 Sun Bowl. They’ll show up and win and cover on New Year’s Eve.
- Average Score For: 29.6
- Total Yards: 395.4
- Pass Yards: 287.1
- Rush Yards: 108.3
- Average Score Against: 23.8
- Total Yards: 415.6
- Pass Yards: 274.7
- Rush Yards: 140.9
Why Pittsburgh Panthers are a good bet +5.5?
Pittsburgh had no shot against #2 Clemson in the ACC Championship. If we throw out that game, the Panthers should be competitive in the Sun Bowl.
Pitt had quality wins over Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. They also beat Syracuse 44-37. The Orange turned into one of the top teams in the country before losing to Notre Dame. Pitt’s battle tested. It will show on Dec. 31.
- Average Score For: 26.6
- Total Yards: 371.8
- Pass Yards: 142.2
- Rush Yards: 229.5
- Average Score Against: 28.8
- Total Yards: 402.3
- Pass Yards: 217.3
- Rush Yards: 185
2018 Sun Bowl Trends for Stanford vs Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Stanford is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Stanford is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford’s last 5 games
Stanford vs Pittsburgh Final 2018 Sun Bowl Analysis:
Pittsburgh did win the ACC Coastal Division, but they didn’t battle Miami or Boston College. Only the victory over Syracuse impressed. Penn State beat them 51-6, UCF dominated them 45-14 while they lost to both Miami and Clemson.
Stanford battled the 3 best teams in the underrated Pac 12. They also beat Oregon, ASU, UCLA, and Cal on the road. The Cardinal should easily win and cover.
2018 Sun Bowl Pick: Stanford Cardinal -5.5