Free College Football Picks: Arizona at Stanford 11-06-2010

November 5, 2010

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Arizona Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal

Saturday November 6th, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Stanford -9 1/2

Overview:

The #15 Arizona Wildcats find themselves in unfamiliar territory, being the heavy underdogs to the #13 Stanford Cardinal. Each team is 7-1 with one Pac-10 loss. The Wildcats would love for 2010 to be their first Rose Bowl appearance, as they are the only team in the Pac-10 without one.

Keys to the Game:

  • With Cam Newton under fire, the Heisman race is going to open up. Andrew Luck has a real shot at being the first player selected in this year’s draft. What better way to add to his resume than by obtaining a Heisman? Luck has commanded the Cardinal to their best start in 40 years. He has thrown 20 touchdowns and 6 picks, but his leadership cannot be shown on a stat sheet. Luck will look to open up the passing game early to knock off the Wildcats.
  • Nick Foles might be back from injury, which would be huge for U of A. While the team has won in his absence, they might not be so lucky against the Cardinal, should Foles sit out. He regularly threw for 300 or more yards a game and showed a great deal of leadership before his injury. If Foles plays, the Wildcats will at least remain competitive.
  • Arizona and Stanford both have top 20 defenses in the country. While I can see Luck having a huge game, this could also turn into a defensive struggle. U of A in particular relies heavily on their defense to make plays. While they perform well on offense, their defense consistently puts their offense in a position to be successful. Stanford is good on both sides of the ball, but U of A has one of the best defenses they have seen all year.

Wrap Up:

The Cardinal is probably going to be able to come away with a victory, but U of A is not going to roll over and hand them the victory. I see Luck having an outstanding day, but the Cardinal don’t make a habit of winning by ten against Pac-10 teams. The Wildcats have only lost one game and deserve a bit more credit than they are being given.

Free NCAA Pick: Arizona +9 1/2


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