This has the makings of a high-scoring affair as the Arizona Wildcats (3-1) play the Stanford Cardinal (3-1). A player to watch in this matchup is the Pac-12’s top rusher, Nick Wilson (570 yards, 5 TDs). It will begin Saturday, Oct 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on PACN.
Stanford beat Oregon State 42-24 last week. Austin Hooper had a good game in the win, totaling two receptions for 50 yards and one TD. Michael Rector finished with 58 receiving yards and a TD on two receptions. Arizona didn’t have the same success as Stanford, losing big to UCLA 56-30. Nate Phillips had a solid outing for the Wildcats, totaling two receptions for 37 yards and one TD. Jared Baker added 58 rushing yards and a TD on 10 attempts.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, the Cardinal are 3-1 for both Straight Up (SU) and Against The Spread (ATS). A major reason for success this season is the Stanford passing game, where they average 14.7 yards per pass. Transitioning to the Stanford defense, there are a few things to keep in mind when it is on the field. The Stanford defense will be looking to dominate the passing game when it matches up against the Wildcats, who only average 10.9 yards per attempt. Stanford can top most teams in terms of time of possession. The Cardinal have an average time of possession of 34:26 per game for ninth-highest in the nation.
On the other side, the Wildcats have 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS records this season. Yellow flags are typically a rare sight when the Wildcats are playing. They average the 25th-fewest penalties in the nation with five per game.
Predictions: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Arizona
Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games.
Arizona is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona’s last 5 games.
Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 9 games when playing Stanford.
Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Stanford.
Arizona is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Stanford.
Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Stanford.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Stanford.
Each team is 3-0 SU when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.
Based on overall FBS ratings, Stanford holds the upper hand in the passing game. Its passing attack (ranked 61st in the country) will face the 96th-ranked pass defense of Arizona, while its 51st-ranked pass defense will look to limit the 71st-ranked passing game of the Wildcats.
The Stanford rushing attack is ranked 62nd nationally, while the Arizona run defense is only ranked 66th. The Wildcats running game is ranked fifth, compared to the 41st-ranked rush defense of the Cardinal.