The Stanford Cardinal try to follow up one upset of a ranked foe with another when they take on the No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils on the road on Friday night. The Cardinal upset then-No. 3 Oregon last weekend at home, 31-24 in overtime. The Sun Devils also topped a ranked foe, upsetting then-No. 20 UCLA, 42-23. This should be quite a game for you to bet online, so let’s take a closer look at some of the college football lines for the contest and how you should make your wagers.
|Game: Stanford Cardinal (3-2, 2-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0)
Location: Sun Devil Stadium
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
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The Sun Devils hold a slight edge over their long-time conference rival, 17-14, though the Cardinal have taken the last two meetings and six of the last seven. These two haven’t been on the field together since the 2018 season.
Arizona State has won just once in the last four games played in Tempe, Ariz. The last game between these two was a one-score game in Arizona.
Next game: at Washington State
The Cardinal were able to come from behind to force overtime against Oregon, scoring on the final play of regulation, then pulled it out in the extra time, 31-24. Quarterback Tanner McKee threw a touchdown to tie the game, then another for the winning score.
McKee finished with 230 yards and three touchdowns despite getting knocked out of the game on the game-tying drive for a play. Elijah Higgins led Stanford with six catches for 62 yards and the game-tying touchdown.
The Cardinal led 17-7 at halftime, but the Ducks scored 17 straight points to force Stanford to rally to force extra time. John Humphreys caught a 14-yard touchdown in overtime, and the Cardinal held Oregon without a score on the ensuing possession.
Stanford improved to 3-2 against the spread this season, including outright wins against Oregon and USC, which were both favored over the Cardinal.
The Cardinal were able to pull the upset over the Ducks despite losing wide receiver Brycen Tremayne to a serious leg injury during the game. Kicker Joshua Karty is also expected to miss the game, with junior punter Ryan Sanborn the likely replacement.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Next game: at Utah
A one-point game at halftime turned into an easy win when Arizona State shut out UCLA in the second half on the way to a 42-23 victory on the road. The Sun Devils scored 18 unanswered points in the final 30 minutes to stay unbeaten in Pac-12 play.
Arizona State rushed for 172 yards in the game, led by Rachaad White’s 69 yards and two touchdowns and DeaMonte Trayanum’s 68 yards and one score. UCLA had come into the game allowing just 64 rushing yards per game, good for fifth in the nation.
The Sun Devils were also efficient through the air, with quarterback Jayden Daniels finishing 13-of-19 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Ricky Pearsall finished with four catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns for ASU, which improved to 6-6 against ranked opponents under coach Herm Edwards.
ASU won its second straight against the spread after starting the season 0-3 in that category. The Sun Devils were three-point underdogs against the ranked Bruins.
Betting on the Game
These teams have both pulled upsets this season, so it’s hard to say who will come out on top. A 13-point spread seems a bit high, though, after Stanford has won straight up as 8½-point and 17½-point underdogs already this season. The Cardinal have shown a no-quit attitude despite some setbacks, so it’s hard to pick against them by that many points.
Arizona State definitely has an explosive offense that showed well against UCLA last weekend, but the Sun Devils can also be scored on, with the Bruins and BYU both putting up 23 or more points on them this season. If Stanford can keep McKee upright and healthy, it has a chance on the road.
Big Stanford believers might prefer to make their college football picks on the moneyline. The payoff will certainly be better, though turning down double-digit points in an upset bid on the road is quite gutsy. The Cardinal have come up with big efforts this season, but taking the points is likely the way to go.
The Sun Devils’ faithful may prefer a moneyline bet, even if it doesn’t bring the same payout as a point spread bet. Knowing your team doesn’t have to win by two touchdowns for you to get the win can be a calming feeling.
If you want to bet online on the total for this one, the biggest question has to be if the Arizona State defense can keep Stanford’s offense in check. The Cardinal are averaging 29 points a game — over half the 51½ over/under — but their team total is set at just 20 points for this one. A double bet on the over for the game total and the team total could win you some good money if you like Stanford to light up the scoreboard in this one.