Stanford (@3.5) vs Central Florida (@1.32)

Our Prediction:

Central Florida will win

Stanford – Central Florida Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 15:30

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You have to hit around that big block because you cant hit over it and the defenders are there to scoop up a ton of balls. For us, defense is about serving tough, a well-formed block and digs that leads to kills. Coach Says: Advantage Stanford. Stanford serves tough and gets teams out of system, which feeds into their big block.

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Florida can also struggle passing at the OH2 position with those two girls switching out. With a higher pass percentage, Stanford is going to be in system a lot more and able to run their middles. The advantage goes to Stanford because if you look at their passing numbers so far this season, they are almost two-tenths better than Florida. Florida is not as comfortable running their middles on 2.0 passes when they are off the net. Stronger serving teams can go after them if they are in there. Coach Says: Advantage Stanford.

Central Florida crushed Florida A&M last time out, pitching a shutout in a 62-0 victory. Before you make any UCF vs. FAU odds, up from an open of 10, while the Over-Under is 68. Florida Atlantic will take on Central Florida at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Central Florida is favored by 10.5 points in the latest UCF vs. Meanwhile, FAU dropped its season-opener to Ohio State in Columbus, but managed to stay within a four-touchdown spread. ET on Saturday at FAU Stadium. FAU picks and college football predictions for this all-Florida battle, you'll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying.

But bettors shouldnt shy away from taking the Cardinal to bounce back, even with the Knights looking every bit as dangerous on offense as they have over the past few years. Stanford has managed to cover the spread in seven of its last 10 games in Week 3, and has gone 28-8 SU in its last 36 games in the month of September.

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This is a tough schedule spot for Stanford, who just played on the road last week against USC and now has to go to the east coast.The UCF Knights haven't lost at home in ages and have been just as good ATS as they have been SU, and you could argue this team is better than last years with all of the speed at the skill positions. The Stanford Cardinal have covered eight of their last 12 games as an underdog.The UCF Knights have covered five straight as a favorite and 10 of their last 12 overall.

Its about getting sideouts. Coach Says: Advantage Stanford. She can locate well on the run. Huskey can go up on a tight ball and either set or dump it. The Stanford setter (Jenna Gray) has essentially two years under her belt with the same team. There are times when you can make a case for Florida going back to a 5-1 with (Allie) Monserez, even being the shorter blocker. Shell swing it to her middles from 10 feet off the net. She knows how to ride hitters and she understands the rhythm. Having Huskey in the front row does help them with the block and having an offensive setter like that does mean you have to treat her like a hitter. Shes definitely part of the scouting report, but I think if you can put free balls over to Zone 1 and make it harder for her to dump it can frustrate her. She understands setting hitters in certain situations.

Coach Says: Advantage Stanford. Shes in the talk for National Player of the Year for a reason. Sometimes they hit negative. For Florida, they have the revolving door at the second outside spot. The pick is Stanford because of Plummer. Then you look at Stanfords other outside (Meghan McClure) and she doesnt look like much, but her final numbers usually shows shes efficient. On Stanford, both those girls play six rotations, where only Snyder does Florida. Sometimes they hit .100.

The model knows Florida Atlantic had to start its season on the road last Saturday, and it wasn't the start they were hoping for. They ended up on the wrong side of a 45-21 defeat at Ohio State. FAU quarterback Chris Robinson was 22-of-34 for 178 yards and a touchdown, while the ground game was bottled up for just 22 yards on 33 carries.

In the Pac-12, they serve a lot of Zone 1. They can go for seams or certain targets. If Stanford can serve Zone 1 and Huskey is taking the ball over her shoulder, she cant see the block anymore so we might see Stanford serve that zone more. Stanford girls can go back and rip it. If you look at it, Stanford gets more aces and serves better overall. She goes back there and rips it, but the other girls for Florida are more spot servers. Coach Says: Advantage Stanford. The SEC could probably serve Zone 1 more. (Carli) Synder has 53 aces or whatever she has. (Kat) Plummer with her float serve, shes so tall as it comes down its so hard to read. When Florida has (Cheyenne) Huskey front row, she likes to dump a lot.

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The Cardinal are the defending national champion who put together a tremendous regular season with losses to Penn State (twice) and Washington. No team can make another change its strategy as much as Stanford can. Florida is one of the better blocking teams, especially with Rhamat Alhassan and Rachael Kramer in the middle, and Cheyenne Huskey going front row at setter. PVB Outlook: Heres what makes us so eager to see this clash. Carli Snyder is due for a better match than against USC, while Shainah Joseph is capable of hurting Stanford. It started from Day 1, with victories over Texas and Nebraska and showed most recently with the heroic comeback over USC. Stanfords block and back row defense with Hentz always gives Stanford a leg up in those areas. Thats not the real reason though why I wouldnt want to play Florida. We saw what happened to Nebraska in last years Final Four against Texas. Part of that will depend on who Joseph gets matched against, Plummer or Meghan McClure? There is no doubt the Big Ten rematch between Nebraska and Penn State is the more attractive matchup in terms of history, but there are no two teams scarier to play right now than Stanford and Florida. Its also impossible to replicate what Morgan Hentz can do at libero. They know how to win at this time of season because of their experience and they are as physically imposing as it comes, led by National Player of the Year candidate Kat Plummer. Its hard to replicate in practice what its like to have the 6-6 Plummer attacking, along with 6-8 Merete Lutz and 6-5 Audriana Fitzmorris. With Stanford, its kind of obvious. Heres why. Its more because the grit and fearlessness the Gators have exhibited this season is legit! Plummer blocking Joseph will be a fun matchup to pay attention if and when it happens. Its like Florida is playing with house money at this point and thats always a dangerous spot for someone like Stanford to be in.