Washington State Cougars at Stanford Cardinal PAC 12 Pick - Odds and Point Spread Predictions
The Stanford Cardinal will host the Washington State Cougars for a top-25 battle on Saturday. Stanford still remains in the top-25, but have fallen to No. 24 in advance of this game. Washington State has climbed all the way up to No. 14 with their recent surge. The Stanford Cardinal are a 3.0 favorite over Washington State in this game.
Stanford and Washington State are in a virtual tie with Washington atop the Pac-12 North division. Stanford suffered a 40-21 loss to Utah for their only Pac-12 loss this season. Washington State’s lone Pac-12 loss this season came at the hands of the USC Trojans. Both teams still have a date with Washington remaining on their schedule.
Washington State Piling Up the Points
Washington State is averaging more than 40 points per game this season, which is the 13th best scoring average in the nation. Their 400.7 passing yards per game is the best mark in college football, with quarterback Gardner Minshew leading the way. Minshew has completed 69.8 percent of his passes this season and has thrown 23 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
The Washington State defense has been inconsistent this season, but they have been solid against the run. The Cougars gave up just 38 yards of total offense to Oregon last weekend and found a way to slow down their offensive attack. Washington State gave up only 58 rushing yards to Oregon in the victory. The Cougars rush defense will be tested in this game if Bryce Love is able to suit up.
Love Dealing With Injury
Stanford running back Bryce Love has been dealing with an ankle injury for much of the season, and his production has taken a huge hit. Love has racked up just 348 rushing yards this season, after recording more than 2,000 rushing yards a season ago. The Cardinal will need a healthy Love in this game to chew up some clock and give their defense some much-needed rest.
The Stanford defense has given up just 20.7 points per game this season, but they will be tested in this game. The Cardinal were able to hold Arizona State to only thirteen points a week ago, and they are very stingy against the run. Stanford will need to get great play from their defensive backs to stop the vaunted Washington State passing attack.
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Washington at Stanford Prediction Cougars Win Again
The Stanford Cardinal were supposed to contend for a spot in the College Football Playoffs this season, but the injury to Love has held them back. Washington State has burst onto the scene with the most explosive passing attack in all of college football. Stanford is tough to beat at home, but they don’t have enough offense to beat the Cougars.