UCLA Bruins vs Stanford Cardinal Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/25/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 25, 2021
Venue:  Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA 
Where to Watch:  Pac-12 Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  UCLA -5, Stanford +5; Over/Under:  58.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  UCLA -5, Stanford +5; Over/Under:  58.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  UCLA -5, Stanford +5; Over/Under:  58.5 points
 

Season Record

UCLA Bruins:  2-1 (2nd place, Pac-12 South)
Stanford Cardinal:  2-1 (1st place, Pac-12 North)
 
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UCLA Bruins vs Stanford Cardinal Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
UCLA Bruins:  lost at home on Sep. 18 against the Fresno State Bulldogs 40-37.
Stanford Cardinal:  won on the road on Sep. 18 against the Vanderbilt Commodores 41-23.
 
 
 

UCLA Bruins Analysis

UCLA is coming into this game with a 2-1 record overall and has not played in any road games yet this season where they will be in this game. This will be their first game on the road and it will be their first conference matchup of the year as well. They won their season opener against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and followed that one up with a win against the LSU Tigers. They lost their first game of the season against the Fresno State Bulldogs in their last game getting upset by them as UCLA was the favorite to win that one. Dorian Thompson-Robinson played a good game in that one as he completed 14/24 passes for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 13 carries but no one else did a lot in the run game for them. Their receiving corps had a very good day as Kyle Philips led the team in receiving with 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions while Kam Brown was right behind him with 111 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Qwuantrezz Knight led the defense with 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted ones, and he also had 1 sack in the game. Datona Jackson and Bo Calvert both recorded 1 sack each while Kenny Churchwell III came away with the only interception in that game. They have scored 119 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 77 points against them. Their offense is averaging 423.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 405.7 YPG.
 
 

Stanford Cardinal Analysis

Stanford is coming into this game with a 2-1 record overall and is 1-0 in their conference games this season. This will be their first home game of the year. They lost their season opener against the Kansas State Wildcats but then they followed that up with wins against the USC Trojans and the Vanderbilt Commodores. Now they will be playing their home opener here. Tanner McKee looked alright in their last game as he completed 19/29 passes for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns. Austin Jones led the team in rushing with 80 yards on 7 carries. Brycen Tremayne led the team in receiving with 54 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions in what was overall a quiet day for the offense. Jordan Fox and Gabe Reid led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one each. Stephen Herron recorded the only sack in the game for them and Jimmy Wyrick came away with the only interception. They have scored 90 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 75 against them. Their offense is averaging 343.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 383.3 YPG.
 

 

UCLA vs Stanford Prediction

UCLA has a strong offense this season as they have scored a lot of points in their games so far but their defense needs some work as they have also been giving up a lot of yards and quite a few points to go with it. Stanford's offense has really started to click in their last 2 games as they scored over 40 points in each one. If they go down in this game they are not going to just lay down and die, they will try to respond by scoring themselves. This game could have the score driven up very quickly as both teams try to respond to each other in a very important conference game. The best bet to make here is for this game to go over the total as there will be a lot of scoring from both teams.
 
UCLA Stanford Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (6:00 pm ET start time) is UCLA 41 Stanford 35.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
UCLA Bruins: 88-103 ATS as a favorite. 110-124 ATS against conference opponents. 
Stanford Cardinal: 180-159 ATS in all games. 129-111 ATS against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
UCLA Bruins:  M. Agude (LB) Ques Sat - Leg injury. S. Marrazzo (OL) Ques Sat - Leg injury. D. Hurt (WR) out for season - Suspension. 
Stanford Cardinal:  N. Williams (S) Out Sat - Undisclosed injury. T. Fisk (TE) Prob Sat - Undisclosed injury. E. Bonner (CB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
UCLA Bruins: Kyle Philips is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in receiving and he will have to make some big catches in this game to help his team win here. This will be a tough conference matchup so look for him to make a big impact receiving.
 
Stanford Cardinal: Brycen Tremayne is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored. He is coming off of a good game and he will want to continue that here as his team looks for the upset win. Look for him to make an impact in this game.
 

Notable Quotes

"I think the quarterback is a special player. We threw everything at him. We blitzed him, played cover zero, rushed three and dropped everyone else back into coverage. I think we threw the entire kitchen sink at him and he handled everything." - Chip Kelly on the Fresno State quarterback after losing to them last week.
 
 
 
"It's been a long time. Was kind of being facetious at the end of the game. We have to give the guys a map to the game day locker room. We haven't been there in so long. We're excited. We're excited to finally be able to go home. It's been a long road trip." - David Shaw on finally getting to play a home game this season going back with a winning record. 
 

Starting Lineups

 
UCLA Bruins
WR Cota, Chase 
WR Brown, Kam 
WR Philips, Kyle 
TE Dulcich, Greg 
QB Thompson-Robinson, Dorian 
RB Brown, Brittain 
 
Stanford Cardinal
WR Higgins, Elijah 
WR Tremayne, Brycen 
TE Fisk, Tucker 
TE Archer, Bradley  
QB McKee, Tanner 
RB Peat, Nathaniel 
FB Heimuli, Houston 

Statistical Leaders

 
UCLA Bruins
Passing: D. Thompson-Robinson (668)
Rushing: Z. Charbonnet (242)
Receiving: K. Phillips (174)
Touchdowns: Z. Charbonnet (6)
Sacks: B. Calvert (2)
Tackles: Q. Knight (15)
 
Stanford Cardinal
Passing: T. McKee (570)
Rushing: N. Peat (169)
Receiving: B. Tremayne (165)
Touchdowns: B. Tremayne (3)
Sacks: S. Herron (2)
Tackles: N. Williams (13)
 
Coaches:
UCLA Bruins: Chip Kelly (4th season)
Stanford Cardinal: David Shaw (11th season)
 

Weather Forecast

66 degrees F sunny, 62% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds W.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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