College Football Week 3: Stanford vs Arizona
Continuing his run for the Heisman trophy, Andrew Luck has led the Stanford Cardinal to punishing victories in their first two games, including a four touchdown performance last weak against the lesser Duke Blue Devils.
Now, the Cardinal will head to Tucson, Arizona to face the Wildcats who are still trying to find their running game in the middle of a brutal three game stretch against ranked opponents.
Cardinals v Wildcats
Venue/Stadium: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
Time/Date: 10:45 PM ET, Saturday, September 17, 2011
NFL Odds From: 5 Dimes
Moneyline: Stanford -370, Arizona +310
Spread (ATS): Stanford -10, -110
After losing in Week 2 to (8) Oklahoma State 37-14, Arizona will travel host the (12) Oregon Ducks in Week 4.
The Wildcats, although beating up on Northern Arizona in Week 1, struggled to find their groove in Oklahoma and are currently ranked last in the conference with 58 rushing yards per game. But in the air, the Cats’ are a totally different team.
Last week QB Nick Foles threw for 398 yards against Oklahoma State, and overall this year, he’s 71 of 93 for 810 yards and 6 TD’s.
But can he match that against a Stanford defense that has not allowed a single touchdown this season and has shut down any efforts by their opponents to run the ball.
Meanwhile, Luck has been tremendous in his first two games of the season, and has shown why there was so much hype surrounding him going into his senior year. The Stratford high product had an eye-popping performance last week against Duke, but that was a non-football school playing one of the most talented teams in the entire nation.
The country has yet to see Luck play against top talent, and this weekend he will get the chance.
Arizona is talented, to say the least, and will pressure Luck early and often. The biggest question mark going into this game for the Wildcats is can their offense be as prolific against the Cardinal have through their first two games.
It is hard to imagine their defense holding Luck to any sort of respectable stats, and this game expects to be a high-scoring affair, except for one thing: Stanford has played very well defensively too.
The Cardinal, despite all the hype surrounding their talented offense, has one of the best defenses in the country, and that was how Jim Harbaugh built his team from the get go.
The team goes into this game ranked 10th in points allowed, and 4th in points scored.
Luck is hard to stop for any team, but If they Wildcats are to get close to slowing him down, the will have to put pressure on him early and often. If they don’t, then they will be in big trouble, and the Cardinal will likely come out of this one 3-0.
Matt’s Prediction: Stanford 35, Arizona 14 – There will be plenty of offense in this game as both Luck and Foles will throw for over 300 yards apiece, but the Wildcats’ offense is too one-dimensional, allowing the Cardinal to clamp down defensively. There is two ways to go here. Stanford SU and Arizona plus the points, as I think this will be closer than the ten points given.
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