San Diego State Aztecs vs. Stanford Cardinal Betting Spread and Picks
Top sportsbooks online have bad news for San Diego State Aztecs starting QB Christian Chapman. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, “needs just one victory to become the winningest [sic] quarterback in San Diego State history.” Unfortunately, that win will probably not come at the expense of the Stanford Cardinal. The Farm is favored to beat SDSU by 14.5 points. You can use a mobile betting platform to verify that line. As a quarterback, Chapman is the opposite of them Jews with the curlicue sideburns. What-What do they call them-them sideburn Jews? Orthodox? Right. He is unorthodox. He has never broken the 300-yard mark in a single game.
“Who cares?” rhetorically asks Aztecs associate head coach Jeff Horton. And the answer? This Horton doesn’t hear a who. “[Christian] does what we want him to do. Very unselfish young man. Each year he’s gotten better. I mean, he’s a coach on the field. He gets us into the right play in the run game. He changes protections. You’re not going to throw the ball all over the field and run the ball all over the field. It’s not just going to happen. Our strength is running the football.”
The Aztecs are returning all five offensive line starters from last season. Left tackle Tyler Roemer, left guard Daishawn Dixon, center Dominic Gudino, right guard Keith Ismael and right tackle Ryan Pope. They started together the last six games of last year. And now they have the benefit of experience. “I think we’re going to go out there and have a whole new approach, full of confidence, a little attitude, a chip on our shoulder,” ‘Call Me’ Ismael said. “Our biggest difference is everybody has experience now,” added Dixon. “It’s second nature now. … I’m understanding what to do and how to do it way better than last year.” The O-Line is key for a run-heavy program such as San Diego State. SDSU averaged 252.9 rushing yards per game in 2017. As opposed to 147.7 passing. Unfortunately, they lost lead rusher Rashaad ‘Bad’ Penny.
The Cardinal. No Love lost there. Luckily for Stanford, running back Bryce Love declined to enter the 2018 NFL draft. The Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman runner-up had a breakthrough season in 2017. Love rushed for 2118 yards on 263 carries last year. You can believe the Cardinal will squeeze as many yards out of Love in his senior year. Especially if quarterback KJ Costello does not up his production. Costello completed 58.8% of his passes for 1,573 yards with 14 touchdowns and four picks last season. Defensively, The Farm lost defensive tackle Harrison Phillips and safety Justin Reid. Stanford has inexperienced yet promising young defensive players like safety Frank Buncom, linebacker Bobby Okereke and defensive end Jovan Swann.
San Diego State Aztecs vs. Stanford Cardinal Betting Information
- Date: August 31
- Time: 6:00 pm PT
- Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Best online sportsbooks odds from Intertops.eu:
- San Diego State +14½ (-110) 48½ (-110) +450
- Stanford -14½ (-110) 48½ (-110) -600
- SDSU is 4-1 SU in its last five games.
- SDSU is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
- The total has gone under in five of SDSU’s last eight games.
- Stanford is 3-2 SU in its last five games.
- Stanford is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
- The total has gone over in four of Stanford’s last five games.
Our Free Prediction: You can’t go wrong with the Cardinal. Not as long as they have arguably the best college football player in the country. To quote the Everly Brothers, “Love Hurts.”