Stanford vs. Washington State 10/10/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington State Cougars (2-4) at Stanford Cardinal (3-2)
College Football: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and the Washington State Cougars face off on Friday Night in Palo Alto in a Pac-12 college football matchup.
The Stanford Cardinal looked to be in solid shape before the season began but last week just about all of their chances of making the 4-team playoff vanished in the waning moments in South Bend as they fell to Notre Dame taking their second loss of the season. While Stanford had big expectations coming into the season the offense hasn’t lived up to it not taking advantage of their chances with overall sloppy play including seven lost fumbles. QB Kevin Hogan has rushed for three touchdowns and pulled off some nice plays and has thrown for eight touchdowns and four interceptions but he just hasn’t been good enough, at least not up to expectations. Stanford just doesn’t have the dominating ground attack though looking at the numbers Remound Wright and Barry Sanders Jr. both have solid averages per rush. Ty Montgomery has 30 catches and Devon Cajuste has 16 and each of them have three touchdowns. The Stanford defense allows just 8.6 points per game with four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks. Blake Martinez leads the Cardinal defense with 37 tackles, A.J. Tarpley has 33 tackles, and Jordan Richards 28 tackles. Stanford can still salvage their season but it is looking like a lower level bowl, which is a rare spot for Stanford.
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The Washington State Cougars are coming off of a tough loss to Cal when they blew a fourth quarter lead and despite racking up record breaking yardage couldn’t get the win. The WSU offense has been averaging 38 points and 579.5 yards per game. QB Connor Halliday threw for 734 yards last week in the loss to Cal and he has 26 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for the season. The Washington State rushing attack just isn’t a focus as Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks have three touchdowns between them and neither of them has rushed for over 200 yards for the season. The Cougars receivers have big numbers led by Vince Mayle with 51 catches and six touchdowns, Isiah Myers with 45 catches and seven touchdowns, and River Cracraft with 43 catches and six touchdowns. The Washington State defense has been tested allowing 35.2 points per game while getting two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks. Daquawn Brown has 50 tackles, Darryl Monroe has 48 tackles, and Ivan Mclennan has 3.5 sacks. Washington State will need some strong play from here on in to make a bowl game.
Stanford is 7-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 4-0 against the spread following a loss, and 24-11-1 in their last 36 Pac-12 games. Washington State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five Pac-12 games, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 games. The favorite has covered in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
I am still digging through the numbers as the line continues to settle in so I am going to hold off on my free pick until Tuesday evening so please check back then for your free pick.
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