Stanford Cardinal(8-4) Vs Pittsburgh Panthers(7-6)
December 31, 2018 2 PM ET (Sun Bowl Stadium)
Spread: Stanford -4
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Its New Years Eve and the Stanford Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Panthers head to El Paso, Texas for bragging rights in this years Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Stanford won their final three games of the season before losing back to back games to Washington State and Washington ending their season with a 8-4 record, including 6-3 in Pac-12 play. You might be surprised as this year team hasn’t run the ball as much as they have in previous years even with former Heisman trophy candidate Bryce Love at running back. Love has been playing with a bummed ankle all year and hasn’t lived up to his hype, one year after rushing for 2,118 yards and averaging 8.1 yards per carry, Love managed just 739 yards and a 4.5-yard average in 2018.
If it wasn’t for quarterback K.J. Costello the Cardinals season could have end before it ever started, but the Junior out of California has helped Stanford’s offense become of the best passing teams in the country. Costello has throw for 3,435 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes ranking Stanford 26th in the country in passing offense.Meanwhile, wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has emerged as one of the top pass-catchers in the Pac-12 finishing the season with 60 catches for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns. In this game I expect the Cardinals to come out throwing the ball among all 129 FBS teams, only Washington State had fewer rushing attempts this season than Stanford.
Pittsburgh Comes into this game losing their final two games of the season after winning four in a row. Finishing with a 7-6 overall record, including a 6-2 record in ACC play. Putting them in the ACC title game where the Panthers got obliterated by the number two team in country the Clemson Tigers losing 42-10. The Panthers might just be the most battle-tested team in the country having played a national best 11 bowl-eligible teams this year, including Clemson, Notre Dame and UCF.
Offensively Pitt is a run heavy team they average 229.5 yards rushing per game which ranks 18th in the nation. Led by Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall who combined for 2,211 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns this season. Ollison leading the way with 189 carriers for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, Taysir Mack led the Panthers in receiving yards with 489 and Maurice Ffrench had 30 catches for 466 yards and a team-high 6 touchdowns.
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Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 game
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pitt is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games
Pitt is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 non-conference games
Stanford is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Stanford is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford’s last 5 games
Stanford is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 bowl games
Stanford is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record
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With out Bryce Love the Cardinals offense could struggle, but backup Cameron Scarlett SR should be able to get the ball moving against Pitt who has allowed opposing runners to gain nearly five yards per carry and reach the end zone on 22 occasions. Pitt has struggled in recent years in bowl games losing five of their last six and Stanford has played outstanding in bowl games over the last decade. I believe Stanford’s experience in bowl games will pay dividends here and they come out with the victory.
Pick: Stanford -4 Over