Stanford 2018 Betting Preview: Don’t Expect Resurgence From Cardinal Defense
Stanford 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +7000
- To make Playoff: +900
- To make NY6 Bowl: +145
- To win the Pac-12: +550
- To win the Pac-12 North: +365
- Win Total: 8.5 (over -115, under -105)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on Aug. 14. Always shop for the best line.
Stanford 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.9
Bet To Watch
Stanford Under 8.5 (-105)
Each college football gambling season generally starts with a way to make money on Stanford. Whether it’s Pac-12 North futures, Pac-12 title futures or win totals, I find myself drawn to this team each preseason. When BetOnline released 9.5 as a win total in May, I scooped up as many shots as possible … on the under this time.
The Cardinal will be a force on offense, ranking 22nd in returning production behind Heisman favorite Bryce Love. The offensive line returns plenty in the two-deep depth chart. The health of quarterback K.J. Costello will be a factor, but when he his healthy, he can bounce-pass the ball off the carpet and still scoot for a touchdown.
The defense has turnover at almost every position, and improvement is needed in every area. Stanford fell to 85th overall in havoc, specifically 110th on the defensive line. The secondary loses talent to the NFL, making 2018 a complete retool of the defense. Any team with an offensive pulse or plus-trench play will be able to keep Love and Costello off the field.
This schedule will make it tough for Stanford to win even eight games this season. Five of the first six games come against talented offenses in San Diego State, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame and Utah. Take Under 8.5 (-105) and fade the Tree.
What else you need to know about Stanford
Stanford is 13-3 against the spread as an underdog since 2011. The Cardinal’s first attempt will be against Oregon, which they have beaten by at least three touchdowns in the past two seasons.
Looking for a Week 1 play? San Diego State’s new featured back is Juwan Washington, who follows in the footsteps of Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny. The Aztecs’ style of ground-and-pound is going to be a real issue for Stanford’s defensive front in the season opener. Not only will the Aztecs dominate the line of scrimmage, long drives and limited possessions will put plenty of value on a big spread. Take San Diego State +14.5 or better in Week 1.