Washington (@1.1) vs Stanford (@6.5)

Our Prediction:

Washington will win

Washington – Stanford Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 22:30

On the other side of the ball, Washington is holding teams to an average of just 11.1 points per game on 240.9 yards. WR Dante Pettis had a huge game, catching four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Pettis also returned a punt for 64 yards to become the NCAA all-time leader in punt returns for TDs. As a whole, the Huskies offense is currently averaging 38.6 points per game which is 15th overall nationwide. QB Jake Browning continued his stellar play, increasing his passing yard average to 211.9 yards/game. The Huskies improved to 8-1 the season last weekend after an impressive 38-3 victory against the Oregon Ducks. Washington was dominant on both sides of the ball, gaining 451 total yards while limiting Oregon to just 278 yards.

I fully admit I dont have a good handle on David Shaws team. Ill be honest, this one makes me nervous. I rarely have a good feel on the Cardinal. OUR PREDICTION: Stanford. When I back them as a live dog or think theyll rout a bad Oregon State program, they disappoint. When I think theyre primed for a letdown or to get upset by a foe that I perceive is better, they roll.

The Cardinal kept things interesting all game despite being outgained by a 430-198 margin. Star running back Bryce Love found the end zone yet again but only managed to rush for 69 yards against a tough Cougars defense. He is a large reason why Stanford is currently averaging 33.7 points per game on just over 400 total yards. Stanford lost a heartbreaker to Washington State last weekend after giving up a 21-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter. Defensively, the Cardinal are allowing opponents to score an average of 21.3 points per game on 400.7 total yards. Love is currently averaging a ridiculous 182.0 yards on the ground per game.

However, Browning will retain the starting job this week and have a chance to redeem himself. The Huskies are no doubt happy to see October end and November begin. Washington was just 2-2 in October, including last weeks 12-10 loss to Cal that dropped the Huskies from the top-25. During that loss, senior quarterback Jake Browning was actually benched because of how inept the UW offense has become.

Stanford at Washington prediction, pick, game line: A battle for the Pac-12 North

But as a team, Stanford only has four rushing touchdowns. The Cardinal offense must open things up against Washington this week and look more dynamic if they're going to get a road win. Stanford's passing attack is 107th in the country, as the Cardinal have yet to ask quarterback Ryan Burns to do too much. Because of the lack of passing threat, teams are loading up to stop star running back Christian McCaffrey, who is still averaging 145 yards per game on the ground.

Hes thrown an interception in each of his last four games, as his performance has declined over the course of the season. As mentioned, the Washington offense has been a huge disappointment all season. I dont believe that theyll suddenly flip a switch and get it going. Browning has thrown eight interceptions to just 12 touchdown passes this year.

The good news for Browning and the Huskies is that theyre still alive in the Pac-12 title race. However, one more loss and the Huskies can kiss their conference championship hopes goodbye. Of course, that means beating Stanford this week and also beating in-state rival Washington State the last weekend of the regular season. At the moment, Washington is just 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 play. But if they win out, they will win the Pac-12 North.

Both teams won in less than spectacular fashion a week ago on the road against Pac-12 South opponents, with Stanford coming back late to beat UCLA and Washington needing overtime to get past Arizona. With Oregon struggling to start the season, this game could very well determine the fate of the Pac-12 North division, and at the very least will create a clear favorite to go to the conference title game.

The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Seattle, is 13-5 in the Cardinals last 18 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game, and is 55-26-1 in Stanfords last eight games coming off an ATS loss. On the other side, the under is 8-1 in the Huskies last nine games overall, is 5-1 in their last six conference games and is 4-0 in their last four home games.

Washington vs. Stanford Predictions Against the Spread 11/10/17

As long as the Huskies can get through the Cardinal, and then take care of home against Utah, and then win the Apple Cup over Wazzu, theyll be back in the Pac-12 title game against most likely USC. Washington cant wrap up the North with a win and a Washington State loss to Utah, but it can be on the doorstep.

While I expect Washington to respond positively to last weeks upset loss, Im wary about swallowing more than a touchdown for a team thats had such a disappointing season offensively. Note that all three of their losses have come against top-15 teams. Id be surprised if this game ends up being decided by double figures, so this as an easy lean toward Stanford and the points. I also dont think that Stanford is nearly as bad as their record.

The Stanford Cardinal have tried 10 field goals this year and made 9, which is 67th in college football. Their punters have accumulated 1,833 yards on 42 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. Stanford is 69th in the country in punt returns with 12. They have returned 21 kicks for 413 yards on special teams, which puts them 50th in kick return yardage. That ranks them 30th in the NCAA in punting average. They've totaled 161 punt return yards and average 13.4 yards per return, which is 26th in D-1. The Cardinal average 20 yards per kick return and they are 92nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,500. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 90%. Stanford Cardinal kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 24 for 24 this season.

Opponent offenses have completed 188 throws on 289 attempts against the Stanford Cardinal defense this season, ranking them 122nd and 113th in the nation. The Stanford pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,203 yards in the air, which is 109th overall in total pass defense. The Cardinal have had 53 penalties for 544 yards on defense this year. Their rushing defense has given up 284 attempts for 1,129 yards this season, putting them in 45th place in the country against the run. That places them 104th in college football. They have given up a total of 3,332 yards on D, which is 81st in D-1. Stanford is 47th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 186. The Cardinal are 81st in yards per play allowed with 5.8.

They have surrendered a total of 2,711 yards on D, which is 34th in the country. The Huskies are ranked 11th in yards per play allowed with 4.5. The Washington Huskies rush defense has allowed 322 attempts for 1,166 yards this year, putting them in 50th place in D-1 against the run. Opposing offenses have completed 177 passes on 278 attempts against the Washington defense this season, placing them 112th and 97th in Division 1. They are 16th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 137. That ranks them 77th in college football. Washington has committed 52 penalties for 475 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. The Washington Huskies pass defense has also given up a total of 1,545 yards through the air, which is 34th overall in total pass defense.