Odds Shark Top Sportsbooks
*Terms and Conditions apply to all bonus offers on this website. Visit operator for details.

NCAAF Free Pick From Linebacker: Stanford Cardinal vs UCF Knights

NCAAF Free Pick From Linebacker: Stanford Cardinal vs UCF Knights

Stanford Cardinal @ UCF Knights (UCF -7.5, O/U 61.5)

Stanford will head across the country to square off with Central Florida on Saturday, and is looking to hand the Knights just their second loss since 2016. UCF comes in as a sizable favorite, however, currently sitting with a 7.5-point edge at home over the Cardinal. David Shaw will try to lead Stanford to a bounce-back win after his team dropped last week’s game 45-20 at USC.

The Linebacker’s model projects the Knights will get the better of their Pac-12 opponent, winning by a score of 35.8 - 24.9. With a near 11-point projected margin of victory, our model suggests a wager of $64 on UCF -7.5 for an average $100 bettor.

NCAAF picks are 95-67 over the first two weeks, profiting +15.38 units or $1,538 for an average $100 bettor. Linebacker subscribers profited over $5,000 following our betting recommendations in the 2018 college football season (avg. $100 bettor). Head over to thelinebacker.com to sign up for a free trial, and get access to EVERY NCAAF Week 3 prediction.

Why Will UCF Cover the Spread?

  • The Knights have a dynamic offense that has exploded for 1,268 total yards in their first two games. While UCF hasn’t faced the stiffest competition, Stanford just allowed a freshman QB to post a line of 28-33 with 377 yards passing and three TDs in his first career start.
  • UCF will have three starting-caliber quarterbacks at their disposal in Week 3, as Brandon Wimbush and Darriel Mack rejoin replacement starter Dillon Gabriel in the QB room after missing some time due to injury.
  • Stanford just lost left tackle Walker Little for the season due to a knee injury. Little is a top-projected tackle for next year’s NFL draft and will be a big loss for Stanford. UCF’s defense leads the country with 28 tackles for a loss and is tied for 16th with seven sacks on the season.
  • With Stanford having an uncharacteristically shaky defense to begin the season, UCF will likely have no issues scoring points and the Cardinal should struggle to keep pace. Stanford has produced just 350 yards of offense per game (93rd), while UCF averages 634 yards of offense to rank fifth overall.

Stanford @ UCF: How to Bet the Total

This game currently features an OVER/UNDER of 61.5. The Linebacker’s projected score totals 60.7 points (35.8 - 24.9), giving us a slight edge on the UNDER in this one. We recommend a $15 wager on UNDER 61.5 for an average $100 bettor.