Pac-10 Tip Sheet

Pac-10 Tip Sheet

Pac-10 Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**Stanford at Notre Dame**

-Caesars Palace opened Notre Dame as a seven-point home favorite over Stanford, with the total listed at 49. NBC Sports will provide coverage of Saturday’s matchup at 2:30 p.m. ET.

-Stanford (3-2 straight up and against the spread) is riding a two-game winning streak after upending Washington last weekend as a three-point road underdog, 35-28. The combined 63 points eclipsed the 54-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-0.

-The Cardinal dominated the Huskies on the ground, gaining 244 yards on 36 attempts for a 6.8 yards per carry average. Running back Anthony Kimble had 15 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Quarterback Tavita Pritchard was 16-of-24 passing for 222 yards with three touchdowns, while his favorite target was Ryan Whalen who caught seven passes for 76 yards and a score.

-Notre Dame (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) upended Purdue last weekend as 1 ½-point home favorite, 38-21. The combined 59 points toppled the 47-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 2-1.

-The Fighting Irish rushed for 201 yards in the victory, holding the ball for a 35:26. Running back Armando Allen led the way with 17 carries for 134 yards and a score. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 20-of-35 passes for 275 yards with three touchdowns.

-Notre Dame is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS the past four meetings with Stanford after prevailing last year as a 4 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 21-14. The combined 35 points failed to eclipse the 46-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to go 2-1.

-Stanford wide receiver Richard Sherman is expected to miss this matchup with the Fighting Irish due to a knee injury, while defensive back Corey Gatewood (leg), running back Toby Gerhart (concussion) and offensive lineman gustav Rydstedt (concussion) are ‘questionable.’

-Notre Dame tight end Will Yeatman (legal problems) is ‘questionable against the Cardinal, while tight end Luke Schmidt (head) and safety Jashaad Gaines (personal) are ‘out.’

-Saturday’s forecast for South Bend, Indiana calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 65 degrees and a low of 42.

**Arizona State at California**

-Caesars Palace lists California as a 9½-point home ‘chalk’ over Arizona State, with the total set at 55. ABC Sports begins its coverage of this contest at 3:30 p.m. ET.

-Arizona State (2-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) is currently mired in a two-game SU and ATS losing skid after getting run over by Georgia September 20 as a seven-point home underdog, 27-10. The combined 37 points went ‘under’ the 50½-point closing total.

-The Sun Devils found themselves digging out of a hole after surrendering three touchdowns in the second quarter. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter was 23-of-36 passing for 208 yards with a touchdown, while wideout Michael Jones caught seven passes for 70 yards. The ground game mustered only four yards on 19 attempts.

-California (3-1 SU and ATS) dominated Colorado State last weekend as a 26 ½-point home favorite, 42-7. There was no total on that contest.

-The quarterbacking duties were split between Nate Longshore (9-of-13 passing for 100 yards with two touchdowns) and Kevin Riley (6-of-13 for 59 yards and a score). While the offense sputtered, special teams produced two touchdowns and an interception was returned for a touchdown.

-The home team has won and covered the last three games in this series after the Sun Devils triumphed last year as a three-point home ‘chalk,’ 31-20. The combined 51 points went ‘under’ the 61 ½-point closing total.

-Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee (pectoral), running back Keegan Herring (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (neck) are ‘probable’ versus the Golden Bears, while defensive back Angelo Fobbs-Valentino (leg), running back Jarrell Woods (ankle), offensive lineman Matt Hustad (knee) and running back Dimitri Nance (thumb) are ‘questionable.’

-Cal defensive back Bernard Hicks (thigh) and offensive lineman Mike Tepper (pectoral) are ‘questionable’ against the Sun Devils, while running back Jahvid Best (elbow) is ‘doubtful.’

-Saturday’s forecast for Berkeley, California calls for showers, with a high of 62 degrees and a low of 50.

**Washington State at UCLA**

-Caesars Palace opened UCLA as a 17-point home favorite over Washington State, with no total posted. Fox Sports Net begins its coverage of this contest at 10:15 p.m. ET.

-Washington State (1-4 SU, 0-4 ATS) continued its downward spiral after getting routed by Oregon last weekend as a 21½-point home underdog, 63-14. There was no total on that matchup.

-The Cougars were on the short end of first downs (26-18), rushing yards (346-79) and turnovers forced (4-0). Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was 22-of-41 passing for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Logwone Mitz paced the ground game with six carries for 59 yards, while wideout Brandon Gibson caught 10 passes for 103 yards in the setback.

-UCLA (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) fell to Fresno State last weekend as a seven-point home underdog, 36-31. The combined 67 points soared past the 48-point closing total, enabling the ‘over’ to improve to 3-1.

-Quarterback Kevin Craft completed 11-of-20 passes for 150 yards with a touchdown, connecting with tight end Ryan Moya three times for 52 yards. Running back Derrick Coleman contributed with 10 carries for 86 yards in the setback.

-The Cougars are 4-0 SU and ATS the past four meetings with the Bruins after prevailing last year as a six-point home underdog, 27-7. The combined 34 points never seriously threatened the 55 ½-point closing total.

-Wazzu quarterback Kevin Lopina (back) is ‘out’ against the Bruins, while linebacker Cory Evans (hamstring), defensive end Kevin Kooyman (ankle) and wide receiver Daniel Blackledge (shoulder) are ‘questionable.’

-UCLA defensive end Korey Bosworth (elbow) is ‘probable’ versus the Cougars, while running back Aundre Dean (ankle) and wide receiver Marcus Everett (toe) are ‘questionable.’ Linebacker Kyle Bosworth (knee) is ‘doubtful.’

-Saturday’s forecast for Pasadena, California calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high of 71 degrees and a low of 56.

**Washington at Arizona**

-Caesars Palace lists Arizona as a 22-point home favorite over Washington, with no total posted. Versus Network starts its coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET.

-Washington (0-4 SU, 1-3 ATS) fell to Stanford last weekend as a three-point home favorite, 35-28. The Huskies have seen the ‘over’ cash their last three games.

-The loss was especially costly since starting quarterback Jack Locker was lost with a broken thumb. Backup Ronnie Fouch stepped in to complete 13-of-27 passes for 186 yards with a touchdown, while David Freeman paced the ground game with seven carries for 64 yards.

-Arizona (3-1 SU and ATS) is coming off its bye week after beating UCLA two weeks ago as a 3 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 31-10. The combined 41 points went ‘under’ the 52-point closing total.

-Signal caller Willie Tuitama was 16-of-29 passing for 222 yards with two touchdowns, connecting four times with wideout Mike Thomas for 115 yards. Running back Nic Grigsby carried the ball 20 times for 59 yards with a score in the victory.

-The road team has won the previous four meetings SU in the Washington-Arizona series after the Wildcats won a shootout last year as a 3½-point road underdog, 48-41. The combined 89 points soared ‘over’ the 55-point closing total.

-Washington quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) is ‘out’ against the Wildcats, while safety Victor Aiyewa (groin) and wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin (ribs) are ‘probable.’ Running back Brandon Yakoboski (undisclosed), running back David Freeman (ankle), strong safety Darin Harris (concussion), strong safety Jason Wells (knee), offensive lineman Mark Armelin (foot), cornerback Byron Davenport (ankle) and linebacker Donald Butler (concussion) are ‘questionable.’

-Arizona wide receiver Terrell Reese (suspension) is ‘probable’ versus the Huskies.

-Saturday’s forecast for Tucson, Arizona calls for partly cloudy skies, with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 67.

**Oregon at Southern Cal**

-Caesars Palace installed Southern Cal as a 16½-point home ‘chalk’ over Oregon, with the total set at 56. ABC Sports will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

-Oregon (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) routed Washington State last weekend as a 21 ½-point road favorite, 63-14. There was no total on that contest.

-The Ducks dominated the Cougars by gaining 507 yards of total offense, including 346 yards rushing on 53 attempts for a 6.5 yards per carry average. Running back LeGarrette Blount led the charge with 15 carries for 98 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was 9-of-16 passing for 161 yards and two scores.

-Southern Cal (2-1 SU and ATS) takes the field for the first time since last Thursday’s setback to Oregon State as a 24-point road favorite, 27-21. The combined 48 points failed to topple the 55-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ cash his second straight contest.

-The Trojans surrendered 176 yards rushing that led to a 34:50-25:10 time of possession disadvantage. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was 18-of-29 passing for 227 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Running back Stafon Johnson paced the ground game with seven carries for 48 yards, while wideout Damian Williams caught six passes for 94 yards and a score.

-USC had won the previous two meetings with Oregon before last year when the Ducks prevailed as a three-point home ‘chalk,’ 24-17. There was no total on that contest.

-Oregon quarterback Justin Roper (knee) is expected to miss this matchup with the Trojans, while free safety Marvin Johnson (undisclosed), wide receiver Jamere Holland (concussion) and wide receiver Eddie Pleasant (legal problems) are ‘questionable.’

-USC linebacker Brian Cushing (hand) is ‘probable’ versus the Ducks, while offensive lineman Zack Heberer (toe) is ‘out.’ Linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee) and linebacker Chris Galippo (back) are ‘questionable.’

-Saturday’s forecast for Los Angeles, California calls for a few showers, with a high of 65 degrees and a low of 56.

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