Stanford vs. Rice Prediction

Can Stanford cover vs. Rice? College Football Predictions 8/26/17

Can No. 14 Stanford roll to a big win for an international crowd when the Cardinal takes on Rice tonight at 10PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Stanford is the heavy favorite in this game, as the Cardinal are getting odds of -30.5 points against Rice. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 51.5 points. These two met last season, with Stanford picking up a 41-17 win as a 34-point favorite. Today’s game will take place from Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The contest will air live on ESPN at 10PM ET.

NCAA FB QUICK LINKS: Scores & Matchups | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Betting Trends | ATS Stats | Standings

Stanford is coming off a 10-3 record in the 2016 season, including a 6-3 mark in the Pac-12. The Cardinal were unbeaten in non-conference games. When it comes to the betting line, Stanford was 7-6 ATS in 2016. As usual, Stanford relied heavily on its defense last season. The Cardinal averaged 20.4 points and 369.4 yards allowed per game. They ranked in the top third of the country in most defensive stats. On offense, Stanford only put up 26.3 points and 367.1 yards per game. Stanford QB Keller Chryst is coming off a knee injury, but will go today. He threw for 905 yards and 10 touchdowns in limited actions last season. The Cardinal have a big hole to fill in the loss of Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for 1,603 yards and had 310 receiving yards last season. Stanford does bring back Bryce Love, who rushed for 779 yards and three scores a year ago.

Rice was just 3-9 last season while going 2-6 in conference play. The Owls were a little better at the betting window, posting a 6-5-1 mark against the spread. Rice had one of the worst defenses in the nation a year ago, allowing 37.3 points and 504.8 yards per game. Their pass defense gave up 287.7 yards per contest. Offensively, Rice only posted 25.2 points and 385.1 yards per contest. The Owls will be starting a first-time QB in Sam Glaesmann, a redshirt freshman. Not helping matters is that Rice has to replace three of its four leading receivers form 2016 as well. Rice does returns its leading rusher, Samuel Stewart, but he had just 479 yards in 2016.

Bet on Stanford vs. Rice

Stanford isn’t a team that really looks to run up the score, but I think the Cardinal will be eager to showcase an improved offense from last year. Stanford is high on Chryst and he was impressive in his limited action in 2016. He will get an easy start by going up against this Rice defense. Rice is working in a new starting QB. That won’t go well against a Stanford team that has been a defensive power for nearly a decade.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: STANFORD -30.5

Need More winners against the spread? Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. Instant Access here.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Loading...

College Football Predictions

Thumbnail Oregon vs. Oregon State Prediction Pac-12 and in-state rivals clash in Corvallis on Friday night when No. 15 Oregon visits Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 64 and the spread...
Thumbnail Stanford vs. Cal Prediction A pair of Pac-12 rivals in search of their first victories of the season will meet in Berkeley on Friday afternoon when Cal hosts Stanford at 4:00 p.m. ET. Will the...
Thumbnail Notre Dame vs. North Carolina Prediction No. 2 Notre Dame puts its undefeated record on the line Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill where the Irish will visit No. 19 North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. ET. With...
Thumbnail Nebraska vs. Iowa Prediction Fresh off their rout of Penn State last week on the road, the Iowa Hawkeyes return home to host fellow Big Ten rival Nebraska at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday. Are 13.5 points...
Thumbnail Iowa State vs. Texas Prediction Big 12 rivals clash in Austin on Friday afternoon when No. 13 Iowa State visits No. 17 Texas at 12:00 p.m. ET. With the Longhorns opening as a 2-point favorite but...

NCAAF Headlines