San Jose State vs. Stanford Odds

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STANFORD, CA (The Spread) – No. 5 Stanford begins its 2013 season on Saturday when it hosts San Jose State at 11PM ET on the Pac-12 Network.

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Stanford went 12-2 last season and was 6-6-2 against the spread. San Jose State started the year with a 24-0 win over Sacramento State, covering the 18.5 point spread in the process while going under the point total. Stanford has won five straight over San Jose State.

Trends show that San Jose State is 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 games against Stanford and just 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at Stanford.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Stanford is the heavy favorite at home, as the Cardinal has odds of -25 points against San Jose State. The over/under total for this game has been set at 48.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Stanford favored by 22 points. The spread climbed to a peak of 27 points before falling back to Stanford -25. The over/under total opened at 48.5 points and hasn’t changed since.

Stanford is coming off a Pac-12 Championship from a year ago and the team returns 15 starters this season. The Stanford offense should be strong, as quarterback Kevin Hogan returns. Hogan saw limited time last year, but has a lot of potential. The Cardinal has four starters back on the offensive line, but will have to replace its starting running back and all starting receivers. Defensively, Stanford allowed just 17.2 points per game a year ago. The defense has eight starters back, led by linebacker Trent Murphy, who had 10 sacks in 2012. Also back is safety Ed Reynolds, who had six interceptions last season.

In the win over Sacramento State, the Spartans had 367 total yards while allowing just 278 yards from its opponent. San Jose State had a strong showing from quarterback David Fales, who threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 32 passing. Running back Jason Simpson also helped the cause, as he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

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In terms of Injuries, San Jose State linebacker Vince Buhagiar is out for this game with a shoulder injury. Stanford comes into the game healthy.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing San Jose State. The Spartans are getting 55% of the wagers with odds of +25 points at Stanford.

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