Stanford vs. Arizona State Total Pick

Stanford vs. Arizona State, 10/16/18 College Football Predictions & Preview

Will two defensive teams put up a low total when Arizona State plays host to Stanford this Thursday night at 9PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

305 Stanford at 306 Arizona State

Thursday, October 18, 2018

9PM ET – Sun Devil Stadium

TV: ESPN

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Stanford is favored on the road, as the Cardinal are getting odds of -2.5 points against Arizona State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56 points. The public betting for this game currently has 64 percent going on Stanford on the road. 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 on a skid

Stanford started the season 4-0, but has suffered lopsided losses to Notre Dame and Utah in their last two games. The Cardinal are now 4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-12, 3-3 against the spread and 3-3 with the over/under. Stanford has hit the over in three straight.

The Cardinal have been pretty solid on defense for most of the season, allowing just 22 points per game. They are giving up nearly 400 yards per game, including 164.3 rushing yards per game. On offense, Stanford is putting up just 25.7 points and 354.2 yards per game. Their run game has been a real issue, averaging just 85.7 yards per game. That is surprising considering Bryce Love was a preseason Heisman favorite. Love has just 327 yards on 76 carries with three touchdowns this year. He missed Stanford’s last game with an ankle injury, but is expected to play in this contest. K.J. Costello has thrown for 1,611 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the offense, but also has six interceptions. Tight end JJ Arcega-Whiteside has 30 catches for 541 yards and eight touchdowns.

ASU struggling recently as well

Arizona State started the year with a pair of wins, but has since lost three of its last four, including a 28-21 loss at Colorado on Oct. 6. The Sun Devils are now 3-3 on the year, 1-2 in the Pac-12, 4-2 against the spread and 3-3 with the over/under total.

ASU has been led by its defense this year, allowing just 21.2 points and 385 yards per game. On offense, the Sun Devils are putting up 29.8 points and 416.2 yards per contest. Quarterback Manny Wilkins has thrown for 1,446 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the offense. He is dealing with a leg injury, but is expected to play on Thursday. Eno Benjamin has rushed for 715 yards and seven touchdowns while N’Keal Harry has caught 34 passes for 481 yards and five scores.

College Football Betting Trends

Stanford

Stanford has hit the over in four straight road games and in five of their last six after a double-digit loss at home.

Arizona State

Arizona State has hit the over in nine of its last 11 games after a bye week and in 12 of its last 15 Thursday games.

Prediction:

These two have hit the under in five of their last six meetings and I think the under hits this time as well. Both rely on defense to win games, and though they haven’t always lived up to the case, they should this week. Stanford and Arizona State aren’t overwhelming on offense, so successful offensive possessions should eat up clock and be slow moving. Don’t expect a lot of breakout plays. Bryce Love hasn’t looked like himself all year and I would expect him to be somewhat contained by ASU as well.

College Football Prediction: Stanford/Arizona State Under 56

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