Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Stanford Stadium in Stanford, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinal (+8)
The Stanford Cardinal (1-2) will compete against the Arizona Wildcats (2-1) at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Arizona is 8-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 59.5.
The Arizona Wildcats head into this matchup 2-1 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Wildcats faced the UTEP Miners and took home the win by a score of 31-10. Jayden De Laura went 23/29 with 285 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 196 and finished the game without throwing a pick. Michael Wiley was the leader on the ground for the Wildcats with 17 totes for 83 yds (4.9 yards per carry). The Arizona Wildcats ran the rock 32 times and totaled 244 yards, which had them averaging 7.6 yards per carry. On the day, they ran 64 plays which converted into 544 yards. Arizona allowed 18 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 283 yds, and a completion rate of 51.4%. When it came to stopping the run, the Wildcats conceded 49 yards on 26 tries, which is an average of 1.9 yards per run surrendered.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Arizona Wildcats have an average of 31.0 PPG. As a unit they're averaging 173.7 yards in the run game ranking this team at 55th in the country. The Wildcats have earned 1,453 total yards for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Arizona has earned 8 touchdowns via the pass and 3 touchdowns via the ground. Arizona has earned 72 1st downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 22 penalties for 180 yards. They have surrendered the football 8 different times.
The Wildcats are sitting in 28th in Division 1 in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 14.7 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.6 yards per running attempt and 90.7 rushing yards per contest for the campaign. Over the course of this year, they have given up 272 rushing yards through 3 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Wildcats have given up 631 yds which has them ranked 63rd in college football. They have surrendered 210.3 yards per outing via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 60.4%. In total, they are conceding 301.0 yards per outing which puts them 42nd in the country. They have yielded 4 touchdowns by air in addition to 1 touchdown running the ball.
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The Cardinal come into this game with a record of 1-2 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Cardinal went home defeated by a final of 30-23 when they faced the Sacramento State Hornets. Justin Lamson walked away from the game with 138 yards on 7/17 through the air while his quarterback rating was 97.6. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 8.1. E.J. Smith carried the football 9 times for 71 yards, walking away from the game with 7.9 yards per carry for Stanford. The Cardinal finished the contest with 387 yds while they ran 66 plays (5.9 yards per play). Stanford ran the ball for 4.3 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 180 yds on 42 attempts. Stanford relinquished 36 rushing attempts for 169 yds (4.7 yds per carry). The Cardinal passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 63.6%, relinquishing 279 yds on 21 for 33 through the air.
The Stanford Cardinal average 380.7 yards per contest, which has them sitting 75th in the nation. The Stanford offense has accrued 186 penalty yds on 22 infractions, which has them sitting 35th in the country in terms of making mistakes. They hold an average of 182.3 yards per game via the ground game and have rushed for 547 yards overall. They have thrown 3 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 2 fumbles and they have recorded 63 1st downs. When it comes to their ability to score points, the Cardinal currently rank 98th in Division 1 holding an average of 23.3 points per game. Over the course of the season so far, the Cardinal currently sit at 595 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 198.3 passing yards per game, ranking them 98th in D-1.
The Cardinal are allowing 36.7 points per game, which has them ranked 123rd in D-1. Stanford has allowed the opposition a total of 344 rushing yards (114.7 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the year. This year, they have relinquished 110 points in total. They have conceded 7 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 342.3 yards per contest, which has them sitting 129th in D-1. The Cardinal defense has taken the field for 202 plays, which is 82nd in Division 1. They have totaled 0 fumbles and 2 picks on the year.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Cardinal college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinal +8
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