UCLA Bruins (16) @ Stanford Cardinal (8) – Friday November 30, 2012 8:00PM EST
The UCLA Bruins is just fine with a rematch with the Stanford Cardinal just one week after Stanford beat UCLA at home by a score of 35-17. The online sportsbook experts are not giving UCLA much of a chance in the rematch, but the Bruins are happy to be competing for the Pac-12 title considering the season it has had. Stanford was the only ranked team that the Bruins lost to this season, and that was a season that included wins over three other ranked teams. UCLA intends to shut down the Stanford offense a little better in the rematch.
The Stanford Cardinal has had an interesting 2012 season. Most of the NCAA football betting experts say that Stanford took the wind out if the USC sails when the Cardinal beat the Trojans in week three. Since then, Stanford has gone on to establish an impressive 10-2 record with its only two losses coming at the hands of unranked Washington and the number one ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Many people say that if the Notre Dame game had gone differently in overtime and Stanford had won that game, then there is a chance that the Pac-12 championship game could be to see who plays Notre Dame for the national title. But that is not the case as Stanford gets ready to put an exclamation point at the end of a great season.
The online betting experts have not really been sold on the Bruins at all this season. To go along with two losses to unranked teams this season, the Bruins have also had to squeak out wins over teams like Utah, Arizona State and Washington State. It is this kind of inconsistency that has cost UCLA critical wins and a shot at a top 10 ranking. UCLA will need to pull its game together if it wants to have a shot at winning the Pac-12 championship.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was looking forward to finally beating Stanford in 2012 because the team is without quarterback Andrew Luck. But Barkley found out that Stanford still has a good quarterback in Josh Nunes and, more importantly, Barkley got to experience that Stanford defense first hand. The best sports betting sites were really interested to see how far the Cardinal could take itself in the standings this season. A ranking in the BCS top 10 and a Pac-12 championship are two good ways to end a great season.
The Bottom Line
Both UCLA and Stanford will wind up in bowl games this year, but the Bruins really want this Pac-12 championship. The Bruins is a team with a lot to prove, but it lacks the weapons it needs to make its point. The Cardinal is just too loaded with talent on both sides of the ball to let this game slip away.
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Pick: Stanford Cardinal