NCAA Football – Week 14
A trip to the Rose Bowl will be on the line for the UCLA Bruins and the Stanford Cardinal, as they fight it out in Palo Alto in college football betting action on Friday night.
The Bruins know that they are in some trouble in this game, as they were beaten by this very same Stanford team badly last week at home. There is no taking away the fact that this has been a remarkable season for UCLA, and Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. has been great in this, his first season. QB Brett Hundley didn’t play well last week, but he has had himself a great freshman season. He has thrown for 3,234 yards and 26 TDs against 10 picks, and he has had eight TDs as a rusher as well. Hundley has some very talented options to throw the ball to like WR Shaq Evans and TE Joseph Fauria, and he has one of the best backs in the nation in RB Johnathan Franklin as well. Franklin has rumbled for 1,507 yards and 11 TDs this year, and he also has some great hands out of the backfield with 29 catches, 297 yards, and a pair of scores. This defense had played so well over the course of the first several weeks of the season, but in the end of the year, three straight teams have scored at least 28 against this ‘D’, albeit against a relatively tough schedule.
Imagine what could have been for Stanford had it beaten the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in that triple overtime game? The Cardinal would probably be playing for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game right now. That’s the only game that they have lost since losing on September 27th against the Washington Huskies. We give Head Coach David Shaw a whole heck of a lot of credit, knowing that he had the gumption to pull starting QB Josh Nunes in favor of QB Kevin Hogan, who came out of nowhere and led the team to victory against the Oregon Ducks a few weeks ago. Hogan has done well since coming into the fold, and he is not only the present, but the future of the Stanford program as well. Keep a close eye on TE Zach Ertz and RB Stepfan Taylor as well, as both of these men had nice games against UCLA last week and had very good regular seasons to boot.
There’s going to be too much here for the Cardinal to lose this game, but they probably aren’t going to ultimately end up covering by double digits. There’s just too much positivity going for the Bruins to get the doors blown off in a second straight game by this team. Stanford 34 – UCLA 27