Arizona vs Stanford NCAA Football Game Picks 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Stanford Stadium is the site where the Stanford Cardinal will play the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. Both teams have uncertain quarterback situations for this game, so Vegas is holding out on a line for the game for the time being. The Wildcats are 2-4-1 ATS and 4-3-0 when betting on the total. The Cardinal are 4-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-5-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Arizona Wildcats played the USC Trojans and took the defeat by a score of 41-14. Running the show from under center for the Wildcats was Grant Gunnell who went 16/26 with 196 yards through the air and added 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick in the game. J.J. Taylor led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 15 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for a total of 80 yards by way of 16 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.0 yards per carry. Brian Casteel was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 101 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 25.3 yards per catch for the game. The Wildcats ended up rushing 38 times and generated 142 yards earning them an average of 3.7 yards per carry. In all, they ran 75 plays for 385 yards. On the day, the Wildcats racked up 22 first downs and they had 5 penalties for 31 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Arizona gave up 21 completions on 30 attempts totaling 247 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. Overall, they gave up a total of 448 yards and earned 1 turnover. Against the run, the Wildcats gave up 201 yards on 36 runs which is an average of 5.6 yards per run allowed.
The Wildcats come into this matchup with a record of 4-3 in 2019. For total yardage, they rank 2nd in the Pac-12 Conference and 16th in Division 1 with 3,441 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 32.4 points per contest, which has them at 46th in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 199.7 yards on the ground per game which is 2nd in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have one of the worst defenses in the nation, allowing 34.1 points per contest ranking them 10th in the Pac-12 Conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Wildcats have allowed 2,043 yards. Opponents are completing 61.9% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.5 yards per attempt. In discussing rushing yards, Arizona is allowing 159.4 yards per game ranking them 8th in the conference and 70th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.6 yards per rush ranking them 9th in the Pac-12 and 93rd in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,116 yards rushing through 7 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Stanford Cardinal played the UCLA Bruins and were beaten 34-16. Cameron Scarlett paced the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 11 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 34 yards on 13 carries which had him averaging 2.6 yards per carry. Connor Wedington was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 48 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 16.0 yards per catch during the game. Running the show from under center for the Cardinal was Jack West who went 15/32 with 143 yards passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Cardinal ended up rushing 30 times and racked up a total of 55 yards which earned them an average of 1.8 yards per run. Overall, the Cardinal had a total of 11 1st downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 14 yards telling us that they had a strong outing in terms of discipline. In all, they ran 62 plays for 198 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Stanford conceded 21 catches on 34 throws for a total of 192 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.8%. On the day, they gave up a total of 455 yards and earned 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Cardinal conceded 263 yards on 43 attempts which is an average of 6.1 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Cardinal head into this game 3-4. Stanford needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 114.9 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 110th in D-1. As a team, they have a total of 804 rushing yards through 7 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Cardinal average 330.9 yards per game overall ranking them 111th in D-1 and 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal are giving up 27.6 points per game ranking them 7th in the Pac-12 Conference and 71st in D-1. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 193 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are conceding 140.3 yards per game which puts them at 52nd in college football and 4th in the Pac-12 Conference. For this year, they have given up 982 yards rushing and 11.2 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the middling units in Division 1. They are allowing 262.1 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Cardinal are ranked 9th in the Pac-12 Conference.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Cardinal college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinal
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