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2018 Sun Bowl Betting Odds, Pick: Pitt-Stanford
- Odds: Stanford -4.5
- Over/Under: 52
- Date: Monday, Dec. 31
- Location: El Paso, Texas
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
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Stanford and Pitt will bring explosive offenses to the Sun Bowl, each hoping to hit their share of big plays to give fans a better game than the last time the Panthers played in this game (a 3-0 loss to Oregon State in 2008).
The Cardinal closed the season strong behind a dangerous passing attack — different than what you’d expect. Pitt was a pretty easy team to cap in the second half of the season — it shredded anyone was a bad run defense, but couldn’t do much when forced into obvious passing situations.
Odds Moves For Sun Bowl
By Danny Donahue
Stanford opened as a 6.5-point favorite in this one, and has drawn 58% of bets to this point. Despite that, the Cardinal are down to -5.5 thanks in part to the 68% of money behind Pitt.
And despite a significant backing of the under (59% of bets and 84% of money), this total has yet to budge from 52 (see live betting data here).
Betting Trends For Pitt-Stanford
By Evan Abrams
The Sun Bowl between Stanford and Pittsburgh is going to be played in El Paso, Texas, with the average temperature during play projected to be around 40 degrees.
Since 2005, Stanford has played one game in below 40-degree temperatures (2017 at Washington State) and in that span, has played only four games in temperatures below 45 degrees. The Cardinal have gone 1-3 straight-up and against the spread.
It has been very profitable to back Stanford head coach David Shaw. In fact, since 2005, only one other coach (Ohio State’s Jim Tressel) has had better success from a betting perspective (including postseason). Shaw is 65-40-2 ATS in that time.
Not Much Pace, But Some Explosiveness
By Steve Petrella
Both Stanford and Pitt rank in the bottom 15 in plays per minute and adjusted pace. So don’t expect them to play lightning fast.
But you should expect some big plays. Both teams rank top 40 in IsoPPP+ — Stanford thanks to its big receivers and jump-ball offense, Pitt thanks to its excellent stable of running backs that can break off big plays at any time. Both defenses are middle-of-the-pack against their opponents respective strengths.
There’s a slight offensive advantage on both sides, so I expect a few big plays from both teams.
Stanford Closed Strong
By Steve Petrella
We often forget about Pac-12 teams who fade from the national picture early. So you may not have seen what Stanford did toward the end of the season.
The Cardinal only lost twice after Oct. 6 — by a combined seven points to Washington State and Washington. They had postgame win expectancies of at least 75% in their final four contests after not topping 34% in the four games before that.
Stanford’s offense in particular improved late. K.J. Costello threw for more than 300 yards in four of the last five games and four-plus touchdowns in three of those.
Bet to Watch
By Collin Wilson