College Football & MLB Bettors:
Washington and Stanford will take their unbeaten records into Husky Stadium on Friday night for a crucial Pac-12 North showdown between the division’s two best teams. As of Wednesday, most books had Washington installed as a three-point home favorite with the latest move to -3.5 total opened 44 points and currently sits 44.5 on your mobile phone at MY BOOKIE
Thursday morning, most books had adjusted the Huskies to -3.5, but with a -105 price tag. The Cardinal was +155 on the money line (risk $100 to win $155). Meanwhile, for first-half wagers, Washington was favored by 2.5 with a 22-point tally.
Stanford (3-0 straight up, 3-0 against the spread) kept its ledger unscathed in Week 4 by rallying past UCLA for a 22-13 win as a 2.5-point road favorite. The Cardinal trailed for most of the game but outscored the Bruins 16-3 in the final stanza.
Trailing 13-9 with 24 seconds remaining, Ryan Burns put perfect touch on a lob pass to the corner of the end zone for JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who hauled it in for an eight-yard TD grab in traffic. Some gamblers might have been on Stanford at -3 or UCLA at +3 (if they placed their bet earlier in the week) and were likely looking at a push until the game’s final play.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen was attempting to roll to his right and get rid of a Hail Mary pass to the end zone. But as he was winding up to launch the long throw, a Stanford defender came from behind and knocked the ball loose. Solomon Thomas grabbed the ball and raced 42 yards for a scoop and score to give Stanford -3 backers a miracle win and simultaneously hand UCLA +3 supporters an unfathomably bad beat. The 35 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 47-point total.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries, while Bryce Love contributed 51 rushing yards on just five attempts. Burns completed 13-of-25 passes for 137 yards with one TD and one interception. Trenton Irwin made seven catches for 81 yards.
McCaffrey has 635 all-purpose yards through three games. The first-team All-American in 2015 appears poised to collect those same honors again. McCaffrey has rushed for 429 yards and three TDs, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He also has 13 receptions for 126 yards and one TD.
Burns, a true junior, beat out sophomore Keller Chryst for the starting QB job in August Burns has connected on 36-of-58 passes (62.1%) for 402 yards with a 3/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Stanford is ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 12.0 PPG. This unit is led by senior safety Zach Hoffpauir, who has successfully returned to the gridiron after taking a year off to play minor-league baseball. Hoffpauir has a team-best 16 tackles. Thomas has recorded 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three QB hurries. Senior LB Peter Kalambayi has 12 tackles, four TFL, 2.5 sacks and one QB hurry.
Washington (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) gave up a tying TD at Arizona with 17 seconds remaining last week, but the Huskies remained unbeaten nonetheless by capturing a 35-28 win over the Wildcats in overtime. Chris Petersen’s squad never threatened to cover the number as a 17-point road favorite, while the 63 combined points slipped ‘over’ the 58.5-point total thanks to OT.
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Posted Friday 09-30-16 @ 3:51p.m. EST