Stanford -6.5 vs. Utah Pac-12 for College Football Picks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:54 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 7:54 PM UTC

Stanford has never lost consecutive games under David Shaw, which makes it a top college football pick to gain revenge against Utah Saturday.

<p><strong>Leaking Oil</strong><br /> <span style="font-size:13px">Utah is 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS through nine games of the season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the </span><a href="" style="font-size:13px" target="_blank" title="Stay Up to Date With SBR's Live NCAA Football Odds">College Football Betting Odds</a><span style="font-size:13px">, but it has lost the statistical battle in its last seven contests. The Utes are a banged up football team heading into Week 12, as they’ve got numerous players dealing with minor injuries, while already losing top receivers Dres Anderson and Tim Patrick for the year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px">It’s important to point out that the squad is 5-12 SU and 10-7 ATS as underdogs since the start of the 2012 campaign, with the UNDER going 12-4-1 in that situation.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>A Big Stretch</strong><br /> <span style="font-size:13px">Stanford knew it would be a rebuilding year under fourth-year head coach David Shaw, which is important to consider when making your College Football Picks, as it has fallen into a pattern of alternating wins and losses over its last six affairs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px">The Cardinals are capable of bouncing back from a </span><a href="" style="font-size:13px" target="_blank" title="Review The Picks for Oregon vs Utah ">45-16 defeat to the Oregon Ducks</a><span style="font-size:13px"> as seven-point road underdogs on Nov. 1, as they’ve gone 10-0 SU following a loss since Shaw took over for Jim Harbaugh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px">Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 3-0 SU and 0-3 ATS as home favorites of 7.5 to 10 points, with the OVER cashing in all three of those opportunities.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Coming Out Fast</strong><br /> <span style="font-size:13px">The Utes have outscored their opponents by 59 and 41 points in the first and third quarters respectively this season, but I don’t see that trend continuing against a revenge-minded team on the opposite sideline.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px">Utah earned a 27-21 victory over Stanford as 7.5-point home underdogs in last year’s meeting, but it has gone 1-4 ATS when getting eight or fewer points against conference opponents in its last five tries.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Home-Field Advantage</strong><br /> <span style="font-size:13px">The Cardinals have put together a dominating 30-2 SU record at Stanford Stadium since 2010, which includes victories in 11 of their last 13 games versus top-25 opponents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px">Stanford has one of the top defenses in the country—limiting opponents to 16.1 points and 281.1 yards per games.  The group has held teams to 20 or fewer points in 28 of its past 37 contests.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Prediction</strong><br /> <span style="font-size:13px">I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinal as their Pac-12 </span><a href="" target="_blank" title="Visit our Free NCAA Football Picks">College Football Pick</a><span style="font-size:13px"> of the week, as they’ve gone 6-0 ATS in their last seven games following a loss.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:13px"><strong>College Football Pick:</strong>  <a href=";book=inarticlepinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place Your Bet at Pinnacle Sportsbook">Stanford Cardinals -6.5 at </a></span><a href=";book=inarticlepinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place Your Bet at Pinnacle Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id= 294378" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden"></iframe></p>
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