Stanford Cardinal (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS)
College Football Week 15: Pac 12 Championship Game
Date and Time: Saturday December 7, 2013 7:45pm EST
Where: Sun Devil Stadium
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Stan +3/ASU -3
Over/Under Total: 56
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My oh my how times have changed! Four or five weeks ago, no one was looking
at Tempe for the answer of how the Stanford Cardinal (the
color; not the bird) could manage making it to the BCS National Championship
Game. Now, this PAC12 shootout will decide who goes to the Rose Bowl (not
the BCS Natl Champ. Game!!) and who goes to the Son of Sam Campgrounds
Quesadilla Bowl Sponsored by Truck Stops of America in Hell Hollow, Mississippi!
Stanford was erased from college footballs Top Prize in outrageous fashion
by losing to the 5-7 Utes (win out and you can leap 4 teams!) and bowing
their knee to Aeneas, Priam, and the rest of the USC Dardanian horde in
the Coliseum. Arizona State has been sneaky good by escaping
Sacramento State 55-0 and managing only 2 losses (except for the Wisconsin
winjus sayin!) one of which to the Cardinal (the color; not the bird)
by a count of never in the game (down 39-7 to Stanford at the end of 3).
Stanford takes on Arizona State for the Pac12 Championship in the low desert
for all the PAC 12 marbles! Lets take a look at this matchup!
The Stanford Cardinal (color/not bird) caught a break when ASU almost 1,000 yard RB Marion Grice is listed as OUT with a leg injury for the PAC 12 Champ. Game. Grices backup, D. J. Foster ran for 124 yards on 23 carries and 2 TDs leading ASU to a win over rival Arizona finishing ASUs perfect home record at 7-0 on the year. Stanford doesnt want to be in this Second Tier position and the Cardinal (color/not bird) are proving it after losing to SC 20-17 and struggling against Mr. Overrated himselfNotre Damein a see-saw battle made for VHF! Stanford is playing like a spoiled-rotten kid down the PAC 12 stretch. The Sun Devils are refusing to look in the mirror looking at the massive potholes theyve survived; 38-33 at UCLA, 20-19 at Utah, and 32-30 against Wisconsin. For the Sun Devils >>> Click your heels DorothyTheres no place like home, theres no place like home This game will be a tough sell for ASU. ASU does own the all time series against Stanford at 16-12! The favorite between these two teams is 5-0-1 Against The Spread (ATS) with Stanford winning the regular season game 42-28 in Palo Alto September 14, 2013.
ASU puts up a TON of points 8th overall with a 43.3 points per game average. Stanford is 13th nationally in giving up points at only 19.0 points per game. After last weekends snooze fest against ND, I question Stanfords grit and commitment for the rest of the season. Arizona State looks focused and hard to beat at home sporting a 7-0 record at Sun Devil Stadium and, as the favorite, lets not forget the 5-0-1 ATS in the last six for the Devils?! The Sun Devils can get it done in the air ranking 25th nationally in passing yards. The Cardinal (ibid) sits 94th in the nation in passing but seem to, somehow, still get it done. Stanford is 24th in rushing yards while the Sun Devils sit peacefully at number 44. This is a pretty good matchup on paperbut, as usual, they play football on a field! Lets look at the spread numbers and try and pick a winner!
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ASU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7. Stanford is 4-2 ATS in their last 6. Stanford is 14-4 ATS in their last 18 road games. ASU is 9-4 ATS at home the last 2 years. The last time these 2 teams met (September 2013), ASU failed to cover as a +6.5 point road dog. The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 8 games when Stanford was on the road versus ASU. Stanford is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 games when playing on the road against ASU. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the last 7 Stanford games.
ASU is a good team that most believed would be in contention for the PAC12 South Crown. Stanford was the perennial preseason pick going to the BCS National Championship Game and sits a disappointing 10-2. After last weeks kick it around the yard contest against a poor ND team, I have to go with numbers even though Stanford waxed ASU earlier this year. Im picking Arizona State and giving the three and I believe this game will OVER!
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Arizona State Sun Devils -3
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