Stanford at UCLA: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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UCLA Bruins (3-3) vs Stanford Cardinal (3-2)
Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -5.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Stanford Cardinal will travel to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Brins this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Stanford Cardinal won their 3rd straight game and improved to 3-2 on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 27-24, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Stanford was able to secure the tough road victory after a 39-yard FG by Jet Toner gave the Cardinal the lead for good with just 1:48 left in regulation. Stanford was outgained by Oregon State by a 458-408 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinal was QB David Mills who completed 21 of 29 passes for 292 yards & 1 TD while also adding 2 TD’s on the ground.
On the season, Stanford is averaging 25.6 ppg on 392.2 total yards per game (258.4 passing yds/g; 133.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by RB Austin Jones who has 458 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 103 carries. QB Davis Mills has completed 65.3% of his passes for 1,076 yards, 4 TD, & 0 INT. Mills doesn’t use his legs much, however, is dangerous near the goal line has he has 3 rushing TD’s on the season. The top receiving threats for Mills and the Cardinal have been Simi Fehoko (21 rec, 354 yards), Michael Wilson (19 rec, 261 yards, TD), Brycen Tremayne (10 rec, 177 yards), and Connor Wedington (15 rec, 157 yards).
Defensively, Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 28.6 ppg on 429.8 total yards per game (221.6 passing yds/g; 208.2 rushing yds/g).
The UCLA Bruins had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-3 on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked USC Trojans, 43-38, this past Saturday. UCLA held a 35-23 lead heading into the 4th quarter, however, the Bruins had no answers for the USC passing attack in the final quarter and allowed USC to secure the come from behind victory after an 8-yard reception by Amon-Ra St. Brown gave the Trojans the lead for good with just :16 seconds left. UCLA outgained USC by a 549-444 margin, however, did commit 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bruins was WR Greg Dulcich who had 8 receptions for 167 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, UCLA is averaging 33.5 ppg on 450.3 total yards per game (229.8 passing yds/g; 220.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCLA has been led by QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson who has completed 65.1% of his passes for 1,055 yards, 12 TD, & 4 INT. Thompson-Robinson also is a threat with his legs as he has 260 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 46 carries. The top receiving threats for the Bruins have been Greg Dulcich (24 rec, 479 yards, 3 TD), Kyle Philips (31 rec, 309 yards, TD), and Delon Hurt (7 rec, 105 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Bruins backfield has been the duo of Demetric Felton (132 att, 668 yards, 5 TD; 22 rec, 159 yards, 3 TD) & Brittain Brown (53 att, 324 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 27.8 ppg on 384.8 total yards per game (248.5 passing yds/g; 136.3 rushing yds/g).
The Cardinal are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games in December, however, are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Stanford has been impressive during their 3-game winning streak, however, UCLA in my opinion is just a more dangerous team on both ends of the ball. UCLA was competitive in their losses against Oregon and USC and as I think the UCLA offense will be able to find plenty of success in this one, I think UCLA pulls away in the 2nd half and covers this spread. Good Luck!