After opening as a 10-point underdog, the UCLA Bruins now face anywhere from an 8.5-to-nine-point spread against the Stanford Cardinal in Saturday's Pac-12 Championship, according to various oddsmakers on OddsShark.com. The game also boasts a 45-point over/under.
The game is a rematch between the two Pac-12 foes just one week after the they squared off in the season finale, which Stanford won, 35-17.
No. 8 Stanford (10-2-, 8-1 Pac-12) is in the midst of a six-game winning streak that includes victories over No. 5 Oregon, No. 15 Oregon State and - their upcoming opponent - No. 16 UCLA. The Cardinal have put together a stellar season despite losing Andrew Luck to the NFL. Stanford's defense has been stout this season, allowing opponents to score just 16.9 points per game, and it's run game has worn opponents down. Running back Stepfan Taylor leads the team in rushing with 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's also added 215 yards and two touchdowns on 32 receptions.
UCLA (9-3, 6-3) comes into the game looking to rebound from last week's loss with an opportunity for instant gratification. The Bruins, who average 36 points per game, have gone through a surprising season led by freshman quarterback Brett Hundley (3,234 yards, 26 touchdowns) and senior running back Jonathan Franklin (1,506 yards, 11 touchdowns).
On the year, UCLA is 7-5 against the spread, while Stanford is 8-4.