June 30, 2021
2021 Stanford Cardinal Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
Stanford didn't get off to a hot start, dropped 35-14 by Oregon on Nov. 7, 2020, and they probably regretted playing the season under the threat of COVID. They followed that opening game loss with a 35-32 loss at home against Colorado, and and 0-2 SU/ATS was not what they obviously hoped for or wanted.
That Colorado game was Stanford's only appearance at Stanford Stadium, too, as COVID forced them on the road for the final four games. And travel and togetherness helped them overcome the adversity, winning the final four games, including an upset of a ranked Washington team. They won the final games by a total of nine points, including a 48-47 win in double-overtime to close out the season. They also won Nov. 27 at California in the 123rd Big Game, claiming the Stanford Axe.
Looking ahead to 2021, the Cardinal are likely to be battling with rival Cal for third place behind the favorites in the North Division, Oregon and Washington.
It's weird not seeing Stanford with high expectations heading into a new season, but that's likely because of question marks at the most important spot, quarterback. Unproven signal callers Tanner McKee and Jack West are battling to fill the shoes of the departed QB Davis Mills. They also have big shoes to fill with C Drew Dalman drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, and OT Walker Little going to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Defensively, the Cardinal might have some issue getting to the quarterback. They were also dead-last in the league in third-down defense and pass efficiency defense, so they had a hard time getting off the field. In addition, the Cardinal yielded 222.0 rushing yards per game, so that's another area which needs vast improvement. DL Aaron Armitage is a true freshman who could make some noise, and LB Ricky Miezan is a potential star in the making. But defense is what is going to hold this team back.
The early portion of the schedule features two Power 5 opponents in the non-conference schedule, sandwiching an early conference showdown at USC on Sept. 11. It could be a rough start. And their final non-league game is home to Notre Dame on Nov. 27, so the schedule is ROUGH.
This team will have an uphill battle just trying to get to six wins and bowl eligibility. A bowl appearance likely hinges on an upset or two, perhaps on the road, in the conference slate. I just don't see it, but they could win at least five, as head coach David Shaw always has his team prepared.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 4 Wins (-113)
2021 Stanford Cardinal Schedule
Win Total Odds
Stanford Odds to win 2021 Pac-12 Championship
Just no. This isn't a team who will be competing for conference championships, and COVID really splashed water on recruiting and attracting transfers, etc. It's rebuilding time in Palo Alto, not championship building time.
Stanford Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
Even when the Cardinal were competing for league titles, they weren't a realistic national championship contender. This season it would be a win if they won as many as they lost.
2020 Stanford Cardinal Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Stanford Cardinal
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