Washington (3-4, 2-2) vs. Stanford (3-4, 2-3)
Saturday, October 30th @ 7:30 p.m. PT
Stanford Stadium (Palo Alto, California)
Line: Stanford -2.5
Radio: Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR
During their last game, the Huskies were in serious trouble of suffering a huge upset down in the desert. They came up with a huge interception late to turn the tide of the game, which resulted in a 21-16 comeback road victory against the Arizona Wildcats and extended Arizona’s losing streak to 19 games.
This week, the Huskies are facing an opponent whose program has a reputation of being a tough and physical football brand. So far this season, Arizona is 3-4, after suffering a heartbreaking 34-31 road defeat versus Washington State last weekend.
Offensively, the Cardinal will have to impose their physicality and continue their air assault, with power running mixed in as well.
Defensively, the Huskies will have to sell out and stop the run and force Stanford to throw into their talented secondary.
Something has to give, in this contest between two teams that desperately need a victory and a strong performance Saturday night!
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
QB – Dylan Morris
DB – Brendan Radley-Hiles
TE – Cade Otton
KEY PLAYERS: STANFORD
QB – Tanner Mckee
WR – Benjamin Yurosek
ILB – Levani Damuni
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
– Over 91 all-time meetings, Washington and Stanford have arrived at a nearly even record, with 44 wins for Stanford, 43 for UW, along with four ties (43-44-4).
– Along with LSU and TCU, Washington is one of just three teams in the FBS that has scored in every red-zone opportunity this season … the Huskies have scored 14 touchdowns and five field goals in 19 trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season
– UW has gone 81 games in a row without allowing an opponent to score more than 35 points, easily the longest such streak in the nation.
– Through the season’s first eight weeks, Stanford is the only Power Five program to have played five games away from home.
– Stanford is one of eight teams this season with multiple wins over Top 25 teams, and one of only five (joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Iowa) with multiple wins over Top-15 teams so far this season.
– Since the start of the 2010 season, Stanford is 54-14 (.794) at Stanford Stadium.
Jeff Wright (5-2)
Playing down on “The Farm” has always been a tough environment to play in for the Huskies. The atmosphere sort of lulls you to sleep. Even though the Cardinal likes to throw the ball, rest assured they will be running the ball downhill on the Huskies. Washington has not been able to stop the run all year long and it has been a major issue on defense! Stanford’s style of play has always been a tough matchup for the Huskies to play against. Pair that with some significant injuries, especially the season-ending injury to ILB Edefuan Ulofoshio and this just doesn’t feel like great timing for the Dawgs. Another late-night kickoff on the road for the Huskies and a lot of unanswered questions after the game against Arizona last week. I’m taking Stanford in this one.
Stanford 27 – Washington 21
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