Stanford Cardinal at Washington Huskies CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Stanford Cardinal (2-1) at Washington Huskies (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies +7 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Washington Huskies square off Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.
This will be the first road game of the season for a Stanford Cardinal team that’s playing incredible defense right now. Stanford has allowed just 13 combined points in their first three games and just 204.3 yards per game. Stanford has forced five turnovers, seven sacks and 22 tackles for loss. Blake Martinez leads Stanford with 24 tackles and A.J. Tarpley has 19 tackles and an interception. Offensively, Kevin Hogan is starting to grow into himself at quarterback, completing 73 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and one interception. Barry Sanders is the Cardinal leading rusher with 142 yards, and Stanford is averaging an OK four yards per carry on the ground as a team. When you combine Stanford’s elite defense and the ability to take care of the ball on offense, this is a team that’s going to be tough to beat against anybody.
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Chris Petersen has yet to lose a game as the Washington Huskies coach, but this will be by far his biggest challenge yet. Offensively, the Huskies look to slow the game down with a trio of runners in Lavon Coleman, Dwayne Washington and quarterback Cyler Miles. Washington is averaging four yards per carry, has 12 rushing touchdowns and 25 runs that have produced more than 10 yards. While Washington has run the ball more than twice as many times as they’ve thrown it, Miles is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Washington has a dangerous offense that can score quickly and takes care of the football. Defensively, the Washington Huskies allow 405.3 yards per game and have forced nine turnovers and 19 sacks. Danny Shelton leads the Huskies with 40 tackles and seven sacks, while Andrew Hudson has 22 tackles and two forced fumbles.
The Cardinal are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Huskies are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Washington.
This should be a terrific football game between two teams that know what they want to do and do it well. The Cardinal play lights out defense, while the Huskies run the ball well and take care of the football. However, don't underestimate Washington's home crowd and the Hukies ability to pressure the quarterback and make plays defensively. This game could go either way, but getting a free touchdown with the home team is something I can't pass up.