San Diego State at Stanford College Football Picks and Predictions 8/31/2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
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The San Diego State Aztecs travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Friday, August 31, 2018. The opening line for this game has Stanford as 14.5 point favorites. The Aztecs had an ATS record of 8-5-0 last season while their over/under record was 5-7-1. The Cardinal had an over/under record of 6-8-0 and they were 7-6-1 against the spread.
Valuable San Diego State Aztecs Betting Trends
The San Diego State Aztecs were 5-7-1 against the over/under last season
The San Diego State Aztecs were 8-5-0 against the spread last year
Important Stanford Cardinal Betting Trends
The Stanford Cardinal were 6-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Stanford Cardinal were 7-6-1 against the spread last year
Key San Diego State Aztecs Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Stanford Cardinal Injuries
08/20/18 CB Alijah Holder Undisclosed is "?" Friday vs San Diego State
08/04/18 C Jesse Burkett Undisclosed is "?" Friday vs San Diego State
07/26/18 QB Davis Mills Knee is probable Friday vs San Diego State
07/26/18 QB K.J. Costello Hip is probable Friday vs San Diego State
Useful Offensive Statistics
The San Diego State Aztecs were 43rd in Division 1 in points scored with 400 last year. They ran 826 plays last season for 5,208 yards, which ranked them 117th in the nation in total offense. The Aztecs averaged 6.3 yards per play, which was 27th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 255 1st downs last year, placing them 72nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground San Diego State ran for 3,288 yards as a team, which ranked 11th in the country. They ran 575 times, averaging 5.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Aztecs were penalized on offense 85 times for 779 yards last season, which had them 37th in the nation in penalties. Christian Chapman threw for 1,873 yards last season. He completed 146 passes on 244 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.8%. His quarterback rating last year was 138.6. He averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 8 adjusted yards per throw.
San Diego State was 21st in the nation in points allowed on defense with 263 last season. They surrendered a total of 4,089 yards on D, which was 12th in Division 1. The Aztecs were ranked 29th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Opposing offenses completed 191 passes on 333 attempts against the San Diego State Aztecs defense last season, placing them 19th and 19th in the country. The San Diego State pass defense also gave up a total of 2,323 yards through the air, which was 18th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 471 attempts for 1,765 yards last year, putting them in 36th place in D-1 against the run. The Aztecs committed 61 penalties for 545 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 20th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
San Diego State was ranked 24th in the nation in punt returns with 25 last year. They accumulated 264 punt return yards and averaged 10.6 yards per return, which was 21st in college football. They returned 34 kicks for 879 yards on special teams, ranking 41st in kick return yardage. The Aztecs averaged 26 yards per kick return and they were 47th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,351. The San Diego State Aztecs attempted 16 field goals last season and made 12, which was 93rd in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 80%. San Diego State Aztecs kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 52 for 52 last year. Their punters totaled 2,258 yards on 59 punts, averaging 38 yards per punt. That placed them 122nd in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cardinal ran for 2,836 yards as a team last year, which ranked 25th in the nation. They ran 479 times, averaging 5.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Stanford Cardinal were penalized on offense 81 times for 662 yards last year, which had them 49th in the country in penalties. They were 28th in Division 1 in points scored with 454. They ran 841 plays last year for 5,445 yards, which ranked them 84th in the nation in total offense. The Cardinal averaged 6.5 yards per play, which was 18th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 246 1st downs last season, ranking them 84th overall as an offensive unit. K.J. Costello completed 124 throws while attempting 211 passes for a completion percentage of 58.8% last year. He passed for 1,573 yards. He averaged 7.9 adjusted yards per throw and 7.5 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 139.5.
The Stanford Cardinal rush defense gave up 515 attempts for 2,372 yards last season, putting them in 93rd place in the country against the run. They had 92 penalties for 888 yards on defense last year. That placed them 124th in Division 1. Stanford was 50th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 318. They gave up a total of 5,678 yards on D, which was 113th in the nation. The Cardinal were 92nd in yards per play allowed with 6. Opponent offenses completed 274 throws on 433 attempts against the Stanford defense last season, ranking them 116th and 92nd in the country. The Stanford Cardinal pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,305 yards in the air, which was 110th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Stanford Cardinal tried 27 field goals last year and made 21, which was 12th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 81%. Cardinal kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 55 for 55 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,586 yards on 57 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranked them 6th in the NCAA in punting average. Stanford was 49th in the country in punt returns with 20 last season. They totaled 169 punt return yards and averaged 8.5 yards per return, which was 50th in D-1. They returned 45 kicks for 1,130 yards on special teams, which put them 6th in kick return yardage. The Stanford Cardinal averaged 25 yards per kick return and they were 32nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,744.
Who will win tonight's Aztecs/Cardinal college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Aztecs +14.5
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