Utah vs. Stanford Prediction
Can No. 14 Stanford get back on track tonight when the Cardinal play host to Utah at 10:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:30PM ET – Stanford Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Stanford is the slight favorite at home, as the Cardinal are getting odds of -3.5 points against Utah. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 45 points. The public betting for this game currently has 68 percent going on Stanford at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Stanford humbled by Notre Dame
The Cardinal suffered their first loss of the season last week in a 38-17 thrashing at the hands of Notre Dame. Stanford is now 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Pac-12, 3-2 against the spread and 3-2 with the under. They have hit the under in all three road games.
Defense has again been the hallmark of Stanford football this season despite last week’s loss. This year, the Cardinal are still holding opponents to just 18.4 points per game despite allowing 395.4 yards per contest. Offensively, Stanford is averaging 26.6 points and 340.4 yards per contest. Bryce Love has been pretty disappointing this year considering he had a lot of Heisman buzz. Love has rushed for 327 yards on 76 carries with three touchdowns. He has an ankle injury that has him listed as questionable for tonight’s game. K.J. Costello is leading the Stanford offense with 1,230 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. Tight end JJ Arcega-Whiteside is emerging as a big-time tight end, catching 22 passes for 438 yards and eight touchdowns.
Utes in a funk
After a nice pair of wins to open the season, Utah has lost back-to-back games to Washington and Washington State. The Utes are 2-2 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-12, 1-3 against the spread and 2-2 with the over/under total.
The Utes have been led this year by their defense, as they are holding opponents to just 16.3 points and 264.8 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing only 83.8 yards per game. Offensively, Utah is putting up 22.3 points and 381.0 yards per game. Tyler Huntley has been leading the offense with 821 passing yards and four touchdowns while rushing for just 120 yards and two scores. Zack Moss is leading the ground attack with 389 yards and four touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Stanford is 4-1 against the spread in its last five conference games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss.
Utah has covered the spread in four straight games on grass and in eight of their last 11 road games.
This is likely to be an ugly football game as both offenses have been pretty lackluster and both defenses are sound. Stanford has a history of bouncing back from losses and I expect that to be the case tonight. Stanford has had Utah’s style of football long before the Utes did. David Shaw should know how to attack the Utes on both sides of the ball and guide his team to a win.
College Football Prediction: Stanford -3.5