September 10, 2010

NCAA Football Betting Lines: Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins



Stanford Cardinal
(1-0, 0-1 ATS)

UCLA Bruins
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)

Pac-10 play rounds out of the second week of NCAA football betting action at the Rose Bowl, where the UCLA Bruins will play host to the Stanford Cardinal.

Test #1 for the Cardinal in the stage of life after RB Toby Gerhart was passed without much of a hitch last week in a 52-17 win over Sacramento State. Holding the Hornets to just 12 first downs and 167 total yards of offense really did wonders for gaining confidence in the offense. QB Andrew Luck didn’t have to do a heck of a lot, but he made the most of his opportunities. Luck threw for 316 yards and four scores on just 17-of-23 completions. It is becoming clear that WR Doug Baldwin is becoming a key target on this team to watch after he caught four passes for 111 yards and two TDs last week. The rushing game didn’t really have one particular star emerge, but HC Jim Harbaugh watched six different players get involved in the rushing attack in a big way. RB Usua Amanam might become the lead back, as he rushed the ball eight times for 50 yards. RB Tyler Gaffney also had a TD, but only made it 33 yards on his eight carries.

UCLA ultimately came up just short of pulling a big victory out against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Little Apple last weekend. The Bruins couldn’t have felt like they were in good shape, as their offensive line was mangled by suspensions, QB Kevin Prince was battling an injured back, and all in all, no one would have really been surprised if they had left Manhattan with a very disappointing and very big defeat. Prince made it the whole game, and though his numbers were woeful (9/26, 120 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs), he did prove that he is healthy enough to really give it a go. The defense wasn’t nearly as bad as 377 yards and 31 points allowed sounds, but stopping RB Daniel Thomas was virtually impossible. The Cats’ back rushed for 234 yards and two scores, including the TD that did nothing but add insult to injury in the final minute of the game. The Bruins had a chance to tie the score with less than two minutes to go, but following Prince’s lone TD pass of the game, he failed to convert on the two point conversion. Ultimately, this game was significantly closer than the 31-22 score line suggests.

That being said, we think that the perception on UCLA is too down in this game. Yes, the Bruins only went 3-6 last year in the Pac-10, but they were still bowl eligible and competed with some high caliber opponents. The potential is there for this to be a very, very close call for the Cardinal on the road, and if the hometown faithful can really get behind their Bruins, UCLA can pull this one out. Either way, we love the prospect of taking the points.

Selection: UCLA Bruins +6

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