The UCLA Bruins face up against the Stanford Cardinal. See our college football odds series for our forecast and choice for Stanford vs. UCLA.
In the first part of October, Stanford seemed lost and adrift. With terrible pass defense and a mess in their secondary, the Cardinal let a late lead against Oregon State slip away. They could have let their defeat on their own turf undermine any season-long optimism they may have had. Stanford, on the other hand, fought back and proved to both itself and head coach David Shaw that it is still capable of accomplishing anything.
Stanford has defeated Notre Dame and Arizona State in back-to-back victories. The absurd thing about these victories in a row is that Stanford has only scored one touchdown overall in the two contests. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 16–14 before defeating Arizona State 15–14 with the help of five field goals.
The first few games of the season saw Stanford’s defense completely destroyed. Stanford was annihilated by Washington and Oregon and blitzed by USC. On the field, this team appeared to be utterly outmatched, but over the past three weeks, we have unquestionably witnessed a different, much tougher Stanford team.
The fighting spirit is undoubtedly a Stanford signature under David Shaw, who must admire the way his players haven’t given up on their season, even though it isn’t reminiscent of his best teams. With a good possibility of winning this game, Stanford will likely play in a bowl game.
Furthermore, Stanford football has long been UCLA’s archrival. Stanford defeated UCLA badly late in the 2014 season and won the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2012, as everyone who follows Pac-12 football well knows.
In many ways, the UCLA football program has not bounced back from that defeat to Stanford in 2014. Since 2012, the Bruins have not returned to the Pac-12 Championship Game. They were unable to play Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game in 2014 due to the defeat.
The Bruins of this season are the best group since the 2014 campaign. They could compete for the Pac-12 championship. They will almost certainly participate in the big game in Las Vegas this December if they win the remaining games.
courtesy of FanDuel, here are the Stanford-UCLA NCAA Football Odds.
College Football Odds: Stanford-UCLA Odds
Cardinal at Stanford: +16.5 (-112)
Bruins at UCLA: -16.5 (-108)
Over: 66.5 (-110) (-110)
Under: 66.5 (-110)
Why Stanford Could Cover the Spread
Even though the Cardinals were having a terrible season, they played better against Oregon State. and then maintained those advancements throughout the victory over Arizona State and Notre Dame.
Stanford might produce a difficult game in which UCLA’s attack has a lot more trouble than most experts will anticipate thanks to the defense playing at a much better level than in prior weeks and the squad building confidence in late-game scenarios.
Why UCLA Could Cover the Spread
Oregon destroyed UCLA, but the Ducks have an explosive offense that is flying. Given that UCLA’s defense is not particularly strong, that was exactly the kind of team that could cause issues. Stanford’s firepower, however, is far from equal to Oregon’s. The Bruins should benefit greatly from this, I think.
Final Stanford-UCLA Prediction & Pick
The worst opponents for UCLA are those with superior attacks. With only one touchdown in its last two games, Stanford’s offense is not very good. In each of its last two victories, Stanford has scored fewer than 17 points. UCLA should comfortably win this game and cover the bet if Stanford scores 17 points.