The Stanford Cardinal and the No. 24 UCLA Bruins will face off in a Pac-12 clash at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. Fresno State surprised UCLA last week in a wild 40-37 Bulldogs victory, and Stanford can stay in first place in the North Division with another conference win.Running back Zach Charbonnet has been a revelation on offense this season, and Dorian Thompson-Robinson has stayed productive in the passing game.
Stanford might look to incorporate junior running back Nathaniel Peat more in the offense, he's averaged over 15 yards per carry on 11 attempts over the past two games. The Bruins are favored by six points in the latest Stanford vs. UCLA odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 58.5. Before entering any UCLA vs. Stanford picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Stanford vs. UCLA spread: Stanford +6
- Stanford vs. UCLA over-under: 58 points
- Stanford: 3-7 overall and 4-6 against the spread in last ten Pac-12 home games
- UCLA: 3-6 overall and 4-4-1 ATS in last nine road games
What you need to know about Stanford
Stanford made easy work of Vanderbilt last week, and won, 41-23. Sophomore QB Tanner McKee was sharp, completing 65 percent of his passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He's the 24th-highest passer rating in college football through three games.
He needs to be, because Stanford's defense hasn't been very tough against the run. The Cardinal are allowing just under five yards per carry from opposing rushing attacks. Vandy's Rocko Griffin racked up 107 yards on 19 carries, so stopping UCLA's rushing attack is going to be a challenge. The Cardinal haven't created a ton of pressure on opposing passers, but Thompson-Robinson has only completed 55 percent of his passes this season.
What you need to know about UCLA
Thompson-Robinson was still impressive despite the Bruins loss last weekend. He passed for three scores and 278 yards on 24 attempts in addition to picking up 67 yards on the ground. This season, he's picked up 88 yards on the ground, to pitch in with the 439 total rushing yards from Charbonnet and Brittain Brown.
Both UCLA and Stanford have been decent getting opposing offenses off the field on third downs, but the Bruins have been a much better red-zone defense than the Cardinal. In fact, every trip an opposing offense has taken to the red zone against Stanford has ended in points. UCLA has scored on 90 percent of its red-zone trips on offense, so the Bruins will be a constant offensive threat this weekend.
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