The unranked Stanford Cardinal will head to Tempe to take on the (22) Arizona State Sun Devils in this PAC-12 battle.
Arizona State has been outstanding to start the season, currently sitting in first place in the PAC-12 South with a 4-1 record. Their lone loss on the season came against (10) BYU three weeks ago, but it was a reasonable loss against an emerging powerhouse for the Sun Devils. ASU took care of business against UCLA this past week to the surprise of many, winning handily by a score of 42-23. They are currently outscoring their opponents by 17 points per game through the first five weeks of play.
Stanford is one of the better unranked teams in college football and they demonstrated that fact in an overtime, come-from-behind win against (8) Oregon just last week. They enter Week 6 at 3-2, with losses against UCLA and Kansas State and wins against Oregon, USC and Vanderbilt.
Best Bet: Stanford +11 (-110)
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Stanford vs. Arizona State Prediction
Arizona State is a heavy favorite in this game and for good reason. They are the better team on paper and I have no doubt in my mind that they will emerge victorious on Saturday. However, the question must be asked: Are they good enough to cover 11 points against Stanford? My gut says no. Stanford is not nearly as much of a force as they have been in past years, but they are still a capable team. In a game that doesn’t figure to be particularly high-scoring, I believe laying a touchdown and a field goal is providing too much credit to the Sun Devils.
Stanford is not a substandard football team by any means and should easily stay in this fight.
Betting Pick: Arizona State 27, Stanford 17
Stanford vs. Arizona State Best Bets
Best Bet: Stanford +11 (-110) at BetMGM
As previously mentioned, I am on Stanford in this one. I really like the value ATS considering that Stanford has gone from overrated to underrated in the public eye to this point. Stanford should not win this game, but I think taking them against the spread is an easy decision.
Arizona State has an outstanding defense and their rushing attack is top notch, but Stanford has shown some defensive prowess of their own, most recently against the powerhouse Oregon Ducks.
Best Bet: Under 52.5 (-110) at Caesars
After discussing the defensive chops of both Arizona State and Stanford, it’s hard not to like the Under in this one. Arizona State has limited opposing teams to just 17.6 points per game so far this season, while Stanford has allowed 27.8 points per game. Combined, this makes about 45.5 points or seven points beneath the betting total.
These offenses are beyond capable, but this will shape up to be a slow-paced defensive game, in my opinion.
Take the Under 52.5 at Caesars.