EDITORIAL BY GRAYDON FOX
On Saturday, November 3rd, the (5-3) Stanford Cardinal will be on the road to take on the (6-3) Washington Huskies.
The Crowd projects a final score of Washington 30.7 – Stanford 22.7 with an over/under of 53.5.
Lou Holtz and Mark May:
Lou is predicting a final score of Washington 34 – Stanford 28.
Mark is predicting a final score of Washington 33 – Stanford 26.
2018-19 Statistics (130 total teams):
Passing offense: Stanford 270.6 YPG > Washington 242.7 YPG
Rushing offense: Washington 167.8 YPG > Stanford 95.1 YPG
Scoring offense: Washington 26.6 PPG > Stanford 26.5 PPG
Scoring defense: Washington 15.2 PPG > Stanford 23.3 PPG
Passing defense: Washington 171.7 YPG > Stanford 275.4 YPG
Rushing defense: Washington 129.6 YPG > Stanford 141.1 YPG
Turnover Margin Per Game: Stanford +0.1 > Washington -0.4
Stanford is (5-3) with wins over San Diego State, #17 USC, UC Davis, #20 Oregon, and Arizona State. They were defeated by #8 Notre Dame, Utah, and #14 Washington State. The Cardinal have fallen on hard times dropping three of their last four games. Stanford allowed 17 fourth quarter points last week in a 41-38 loss to #14 Washington State. The Cardinal rank 89th in points per game (26.5) and 42nd in scoring defense (23.3 PPG). Quarterback K.J. Costello has completed 66% of his passes for 2,165 yards with 17 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Despite having one of the best running backs in Bryce Love, Stanford averages fewer than 100 yards rushing per game. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside leads the team in both receiving yards (743) and touchdowns (11). The Cardinal defense ranks 113th against the pass (275.4 YPG) and 44th against the run (141.1 YPG).
Washington is (6-3) with victories over North Dakota, Utah, Arizona State, #20 BYU, UCLA, and Colorado. They were defeated by #9 Auburn, #17 Oregon, and California. Washington’s offense was sleep walking in their shocking 12-10 loss to California last week. The Huskies rank 88th in points per game (26.6) and 8th in scoring defense (15.2 PPG). Quarterback Jake Browning has completed 64% of his passes for 2,049 yards with 12 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Running back Myles Gaskin has rushed for 623 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season. Aaron Fuller leads the team in receiving yards (675) while Ty Jones leads the team in receiving touchdowns (6). The Huskies’ defense ranks 12th against the pass (171.7 YPG) and 29th against the run (129.6 YPG). Washington has the 89th best turnover margin in the country (-0.4).
Both teams entered the season with playoff aspirations but have been disappointments thus far. Stanford has become a passing dominant team despite having Bryce Love and Washington has been overly reliant on their defense to win every game. A one-dimension Stanford offense will have trouble moving the ball against the Huskies. Stanford will cover the spread but Washington will eek out a win at home.
Washington wins 24-17
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