Stanford at Washington - 9/30/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at Washington Huskies (4-0)
College Football: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -3 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Washington Huskies square off Friday night at Husky Stadium on ESPN.
The Stanford Cardinal look to remain unbeaten and earn their seventh win over a ranked team since the 2014 season. Ryan Burns is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 395 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Burns enters this game with 58 career pass attempts under his belt. Christian McCaffrey and Trenton Irwin have combined for 224 receiving yards and one touchdown while Michael Rector has six receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 204.6 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 436 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 12 points and 337.7 yards per game. Zach Hoffpauir leads the Cardinal with 16 tackles, Peter Kalambayi has 2.5 sacks and Noor Davis has one interception.
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The Washington Huskies hope to remain undefeated and pick up their fourth win over a ranked team since the 2013 season. Jake Browning is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 904 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Browning has eight career games where he’s thrown at least two touchdowns. Chico McClatcher and John Ross have combined for 464 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Dante Pettis has 11 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 195.5 yards per contest, and Myles Gaskin leads the way with 302 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 14.5 points and 320.8 yards per game. Azeem Victor leads the Huskies with 31 tackles, Vita Vea has 2.5 sacks and Connor O'Brien has one interception.
The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 52-24-1 ATS in their last 77 games overall. The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Stanford isn't as scary as it's been in the past, as you can move the ball on this defense and the offense still relies way too much on McCaffrey. Burns has yet to prove he can be a difference at quarterback and it's why UCLA was nearly able to steal the game last week. Washington is for real and has a potent offense that could put Stanford out of its comfort zone if it jumps out to a lead. Stanford hasn't shown it can make plays through the air.
I like the Huskies to win and cover the small line at home.