Arizona brings its staunch defense to Palo Alto to face Stanford’s high-powered offense. The Wildcats rank seventh in the nation in scoring defense (14.4 PPG) and 10th in yardage (287 YPG), while the Cardinal place fifth in scoring offense (42.4 PPG) and 16th in yardage (467 YPG). Arizona will get its top quarterback Nick Foles back under center this week after missing the past two games due to a knee injury. NFL spreads.
Foles returns at a perfect time considering his incredible performance in last year’s 43-38 win over Stanford. In that game, Foles was 40-of-51 for 415 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. However, the Wildcats do not likely want Foles throwing 50 more times on Saturday. They have rushed for 498 yards in the past two games, led by junior Keola Antolin who has 225 rushing yards (6.1 YPC) and three scores in the two wins. NFL lines.
Stanford has scored at least 31 points in every game this season. QB Andrew Luck is averaging 240 passing YPG with 20 TD and just six interceptions. He also has 345 rushing yards and three scores. The Cardinal offensive line has done a great job protecting their star QB, allowing just three sacks this season. Only Marshall has allowed fewer sacks among FBS schools (two). Like Foles, Luck also went bonkers in last year’s meeting, throwing for 423 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford has been hot and cold this season. The Cardinal already has two road shutouts over Pac-10 foes (UCLA and Washington), but allowed 38.3 PPG in the other three conference games.
Arizona is 5-2 (SU and ATS) in the past seven meetings at Stanford Stadium, but this four-star FoxSheets trend likes Stanford to win and cover.
Play Against – Underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (ARIZONA) – off 2 straight wins against conference rivals against opponent off a road win. (32-7 over the last 5 seasons.) (82.1%, +24.3 units. Rating = 4*). NFL betting lines.
Although the past five meetings have all gone Under the total, the FoxSheets side with the Over based on this trend:
STANFORD is 8-0 OVER (+8.0 Units) in November games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was STANFORD 38.0, OPPONENT 31.5 – (Rating = 3*).
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