The UCF Knights (0-1, 0-0 Away) will visit the #21 Stanford Cardinal (0-1, 0-0 Home) on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The game will televise at 10:30 PM ET on FOXS1. The current odds list Stanford as a 19-point favorite with the over/under set at 45.5.
UCF is coming in off a 15-14 loss against Florida International. Justin Holman went 23 of 34 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Dontravious Wilson ran for just 34 yards on 12 carries in a game where the Knights only ran for 46 total yards. Jordan Akins had nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns while Tre’Quan Smith added 104 yards on nine receptions as well. The Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss.
Stanford is coming in off a shocking loss to Northwestern by a score of 16-6. Kevin Hogan went 20 for 35 for 155 yards and one interception. Christian McCaffrey ran for 66 yards on 12 carries while Remound Wright had 20 yards on five carries. Austin Hooper led receivers with 45 yards on five catches. Devon Cajuste added 39 yards and Christian McCaffrey had 23 yards on five catches. The Cardinal is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
My Pick: Stanford -19
I am not thrilled about this game. Stanford should bounce back and I am expecting their offense to get rolling in this game especially against the Knights. However, I do not have a lot of faith in the Cardinal after watching their last game. It was a complete offensive collapse on their part in a game they should have easily won. Stanford is known for coming back after bad games and so I shall back them here.