A Rose Bowl berth will be awarded on the winner on Friday night as the UCLA Bruins will travel to face the Stanford Cardinal in the NCAA college football PAC 12 conference championship game.Kick off time from Stanford is set for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX.
The betting odds in the PAC 12 conference championship game came out with the home team Stanford Cardinal favored by –9 1/2 points with an over under line of 52 points. Early money has shown on the side of the road underdog Bruins as Stanford is now favored by -9 points. The over under line has held firm and not moved off the opener of 52 points.
CFB Trend: Stanford Cardinal is 4-0 ATS in their past four head to head meetings with the UCLA Bruins. UCLA was awarded the PAC 12 conference south division champions with their victory two weeks ago against the USC Trojans. Last week’s game had little meaning since they were already slotted into the PAC 12 championship game.
They fell to 9-3 on the year following a 35-17 home loss to the Stanford Cardinal as a +2 ½ point underdog in the final regular season meeting of the year. The total came in at over 50 points. The Bruins fell behind 21-10 at the half and never got closer to Stanford. They put up 334 yards of offense with 73 from their ground game for under 2 ½ yards per rush. Quarterback Brett Hundley hit on 20 of 38 passes for 261 yards with a touchdown and pick. The freshman QB has 26 touchdowns and 10 picks and completes 68%of his passes this season. UCLA was penalized 12 times for 135 yards and lost the time of possession battle by nine minutes. The Bruins are a good offense averaging 475 yards a game good for 21st in the nation. They are weak defending the pass allowing 263 yards per game 101st in the nation.
Stanford needed the win last week against UCLA to win the PAC 12 north division and earn a right to play for a Rose Bowl berth. In the win against the Bruins on the road last week the Cardinal gained 381 yards of offense with 221 coming from their ground attack for 4 ½ yards per rush. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan hit on 15 of 22 throws for 160 yards with a touchdown. Hogan completes 73% of his passes this year with 8 touchdowns and three picks. Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards on 20 attempts with two touchdowns. Stanford survived just five successful third down plays in 14 attempts. The Cardinal two losses this season came on the road. It is tough to run on Stanford as they allow just 71 yards a game good for 1st in all of college football. They allow 257 yards passing per game.