Stanford vs. Washington Prediction, Game Preview

    Stanford vs. Washington prediction and game preview. The Cardinal look to improve to 6-1 as they host the Huskies.

    October 20, 2015


    The Stanford Cardinal (5-1) will look to extend its five-game winning streak when the Washington Huskies (3-3) come to town. Check out the Stanford vs. Washington prediction and game preview.

    Stanford vs. Washington Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, October 24
    Game Time: 10:30 ET
    Network: ESPN

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    Why You Need To Care

    Stanford is the hottest thing in the Pac-12 this side of Salt Lake City, with a chance to dispose of another potential North Division contender this weekend.

    The Cardinal has performed quite a turnaround since flopping to Northwestern in the opener, capping a five-game winning streak with an absolute demolition of UCLA, 56-35, last week. And now that the team has cracked the top 10 and made national headlines, there’s a likely spot in the College Football Playoff if Stanford can avoid another landmine in the second half of the year.

    The Huskies will be looking to get back on track after suffering an excruciating eleventh consecutive loss to Oregon. Because of the youth of Chris Petersen’s second squad, the ups-and-downs in results will be pretty much built into the 2015 campaign. With six games left, Petersen needs to win three to earn a bowl game and 15 valuable practices with his underclassmen.

    Why Washington Will Win

    The defense is terrific, holding every opponent below its season scoring average this fall.

    The Huskies are giving up less than 17 points per game, while allowing a league-low four touchdown passes. Everyone, from the veterans to the rookies, are making contributions. And although NT Elijah Qualls and linebackers Cory Littleton and Keishawn Bierria are not household names, they’re among a handful of Huskies performing at an all-league level. Washington’s three losses have come by a total of 15 points, so that D is keeping the program competitive in every game.

    Why Stanford Will Win

    The Huskies lack the firepower to outscore the Cardinal.

    The Stanford offense has taken flight since the disaster in Evanston, averaging 45 points during the winning streak. RB Christian McCaffrey has erupted into a Heisman candidate, which has taken a ton of pressure off QB Kevin Hogan. McCaffrey’s explosiveness combined with Hogan’s efficiency has just dogged opposing defenses. Even if the Cardinal don’t reach 45 points, which it won’t, U-Dub can’t keep pace, especially since QB Jake Browning is nursing a sore throwing shoulder.

    Player Who Matters

    Led by CB Ronnie Harris and SS Kodi Whitfield, the Stanford pass defense is playing very well, so Browning might want to sit this one out and give one of the backups a crack at the Cardinal.

    Washington has had problems scoring this season, and RB Myles Gaskin aside, chunk yards have come infrequently. The Huskies have also been somewhat flimsy at the point of attack, so the Stanford linemen and linebackers could routinely harass whoever gets the ball from Petersen.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    With the Oregon loss behind them and sizzling Stanford up next, this is a very tough spot for the Huskies.

    The Cardinal is getting better each passing week, with McCaffrey heading the charge. Washington, meanwhile, has persistent concerns on offense, whether or not Browning suits up. Stanford won’t match its scoring output from the past couple of weekends, but it won’t need to light up the scoreboard to capture that sixth win in a row.

    Washington vs. Stanford Prediction

    Final Score: Stanford 35, Washington 13, Line: No Line, o/u: No Line
    Must See Rating: 5: Bridge of Spies – 1: Rock The Kasbah … 3.5

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