Washington State Cougars at Stanford Cardinal - 10/10/14 CFB Pick, Odds, 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 -16.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington State Cougars and Stanford Cardinal will play Friday night at Stanford Stadium.
The Washington State Cougars are coming off a brutal loss to the California Golden Bears and are looking for their second conference victory. Connor Halliday gives Washington State the best passing offense in the country, as he’s thrown for 3,052 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Halliday has 131 pass attempts and 10 touchdowns in his last two games. Washington State has 24 passing plays of 25 or more yards, and Vince Mayle and River Cracraft have combined for 94 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Of course, the constant throwing under Mike Leach makes the running game irrelevant, as Washington State is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has just three rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Washington State Cougars are allowing 35.2 points, 438.2 yards, and they’ve forced four turnovers and 13 sacks. Daquawn Brown leads Washington State with 50 tackles and Xavier Cooper has six tackles for loss.
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The Stanford Cardinal are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame and have to win here to stay in the running of the Pac-12 North. Stanford relies heavily on a defense that’s allowing 8.6 points, 232.4 yards, and has forced seven turnovers and 13 sacks. Stanford has allowed 21 or less points in 12 straight regular season games. Blake Martinez leads Stanford with 37 tackles and Peter Kalambayi has four sacks. Offensively, Kevin Hogan is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and he’s expected to play despite a leg injury. Ty Montgomery has caught 30 of Stanford’s 98 receptions and three have gone for touchdowns. Remound Wright leads Stanford with 180 rushing yards and one touchdown, as the Cardinal are averaging more than four yards per carry.
The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Cardinal are 7-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Stanford.
While Stanford is the better overall team, Washington State has the offense to make this a game. And while Stanford's strength is its secondary, it did allow a touchdown pass to Notre Dame on fourth-and-11 to end the game. Give me the truckload of points in what should be a terrific game that's closer than most think.