2018 Sun Bowl Betting Preview & Picks (Stanford vs. Pittsburgh)
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After a full weekend of NCAA football betting action, sportsbook players are ready to spend their day predicting Bowl Games once more. Up on today’s lineup is a thrilling Sun Bowl matchup between Stanford and Pittsburgh. The Cardinal will have to make do without two of their best seniors on offense while the Panthers will be looking to take advantage of the absence of former Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Love and wideout Trent Irwin. Given this narrative, what kind of matchup are the Sun Bowl betting odds anticipating? Let’s check on this Monday’s betting lines to find out.
Sun Bowl | Stanford vs. Pittsburgh – Monday, December 31st
When: 2:00 pm ET
Where: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Stream: CBS Sports
NCAA Football Betting Odds:
The Cardinal turned in an 8-4 record this season that included a 6-3 run in Pac-12 play. This led to a 3rd place ranking in the North Division of the conference, a step down from the 1st place finish the program delivered last season. Nevertheless Stanford is extremely eager to have a chance at a Sun Bowl victory over Pittsburgh this weekend. The NCAA football betting odds are favoring Stanford here heavily, which is likely due to their superior defense. Currently giving up 23.8 per game, there’s no question Stanford has an edge over a Pittsburgh defense that gives up 28.8. And while Stanford’s offense is averaging 29.6, which is higher than 26.5, injuries might cripple that very same offense today.
Players to Watch: KJ Costello (3,435 passing yards, 29 TD, 11 INT), Bryce Love (739 rushing yards, 6 TD, 4.5 AVG), and JJ Arcega-Whiteside (969 receiving yards, 14 TD, 60 REC).
The Panthers pounce into this Sun Bowl matchup sporting a 7-6 record that saw them finish No. 1 overall in the Coastal Division of the ACC. This led to an ACC Championship Game berth where the program faced No. 2 Clemson in a 42-10 losing battle. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, that loss marked their second in a row, which means they bring zero momentum into this matchup. Luckily they did have a bit of a break which allowed them to recover. And accounting for the aforementioned injuries, there’s no question that Pittsburgh brings the better running backs into this matchup. If they can get an early lead and run the ball out from there, they could just pull off this upset.
Players to Watch: Kenny Pickett (1,833 passing yards, 12 TD, 6 INT), Qadree Ollison (1,190 rushing yards, 11 TD, 6.3 AVG), and Taysir Mack (489 receiving yards, 1 TD, 21 REC).
2018 Sun Bowl Betting Predictions | Stanford vs. Pittsburgh
2018 Sun Bowl Betting Picks | Stanford vs. Pittsburgh
So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Sun Bowl matchup? All in all, this one is a bit of a tossup. Most would agree that Stamford is clearly the better team. But with their best offensive pieces out of this one, will the Panthers pounce on the postseason opportunity? The odds out on them certainly make taking them straight up worthwhile. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 33-27 Pittsburgh.