[11:03 PM] Stanford @ Arizona

Who will WIN this matchup?

Stanford Cardinal (4-3)

@ Arizona Wildcats (2-5)


Current odds:

Stanford Cardinal: (-200)

Arizona Wildcats: (+170)


ESPN simulations have Arizona as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Stanford to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Stanford by 4 points.

Two teams heading in the wrong direction meet Saturday as Arizona hosts Stanford, which has dropped three straight Pac-12 games for the first time since 2008. The Cardinal offense hit a new low in last Saturday’s 10-5 home loss to Colorado, while Arizona has dropped four in a row and needs to win four of its final five games to qualify for the postseason.

The Cardinal won their fourth straight against the Wildcats last season as McCaffrey ran for 156 yards and a touchdown in a 55-17 home victory. While McCaffrey and the rest of the offense has struggled in conference play this season, defensive end Solomon Thomas has recorded 5.5 sacks to lead a unit that held Colorado to 29 points below its season average. Despite the strong showing, questions remain at linebacker and the secondary, where the team will be without Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder – who will miss the rest of the season after exiting last week’s game with a shoulder injury.

The Wildcats’ depth at running back will be tested over the next few weeks with Samajie Grant and Zach Green filling in for Nick Wilson, who is expected to miss several games due to a right knee injury. Coach Rich Rodriguez is eager to see more from Grant, a senior who has spent most of his career as a receiver and has made a touchdown catch in three straight games – including the 48-14 loss to USC before last week’s bye. Arizona has a turnover margin of minus-7 over its last two games and needs more players to follow the lead of safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, who has recorded two interceptions and a team-high 43 tackles.

Stanford has won nine of its last 11 meetings with Arizona and averaged 47 points over the last four games.

Arizona WR Nate Phillips has registered a reception in 40 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in the country.

The Wildcats are 22-9 at Arizona Stadium in four-plus seasons under Rodriguez.


StreakSmarts Pick: Stanford Cardinal

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick