Stanford Cardinal (6-2) at Washington State Cougars (7-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Martin Stadium)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The 18th ranked Stanford Cardinal will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the 25th ranked Washington State Cougars this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 18th ranked Stanford Cardinal improved to 6-2 (5-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers 15-14, this past Thursday. Stanford, who was without star RB Bryce Love due to injury, avoided the upset after taking the lead with just :20 left in regulation on a 3-yd TD pass from Keller Chryst. The Cardinal were outgained by the Beavers by a 264-222 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for Stanford was QB Keller Chryst who completed 16 of 33 passes for 141 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 35.3 ppg on 427.4 total yards per game (190.9 passing yds/g; 236.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford is led by RB Bryce Love who has 11 TD’s on the season while averaging 198.1 rushing yds/g on 19.3 att/g. QB Keller Chryst has completed 54.2% of his passes on the season for 8 TD and 4 INT while averaging 137.4 passing yds/g. The Cardinal receivers are led by JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3.7 rec/g, 55.7 yds/g, 5 TD) and Trenton Irwin (3.4 rec/g, 37.3 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 21.0 ppg on 397.0 total yards per game (208.8 passing yds/g; 188.3 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 18 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +10.
The 25th ranked Washington State Cougars dropped to 7-2 (4-2 PAC-12) on the season after falling to the Arizona Wildcats 58-37, this past Saturday. Washington State, like the rest of the Pac-12, had no answers for Khalil Tate and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 51-30 margin with 11:11 left in regulation. The Cougars outgained the Wildcats by a 646-585 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 4-3 margin. Leading the way for Washington State was QB Tyler Hilinski who after replacing an ineffective Luke Falk, completed 45 of 61 passes for 509 yards and 2 TD and 4 INT. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 34.0 ppg on 470.8 total yards per game (386.7 passing yds/g; 84.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by QB Luke Falk who has completed 68.0% of his passes on the season for 23 TD and 7 INT while averaging 286.2 passing yds/g. Falk and the Washington State offense have talent at WR position in Tavares Martin Jr. (6.0 rec/g, 79.8 yds/g, 7 TD), Renard Bell (2.9 rec/g, 46.3 yds/g, 2 TD), and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (5.3 rec/g, 49.4 yds/g, 4 TD). The Cougars backfield is led by Jamal Morrow (6.4att/g, 45.9 yds/g, 3 TD) and James Williams (8.7 att/g, 37.3 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.9 ppg on 308.6 total yards per game (167.3 passing yds/g; 141.2 rushing yds/g). The Cougars have forced 19 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –3.
The Cardinal are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS loss however, are just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Cougars are 4- ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss.
Stanford comes into this game winners of 5 straight, however, the Cardinal really didn’t look like the same team we’ve seen in recent weeks with RB Bryce Love available. Washington State once again struggled on both sides of the ball on the road and it will be interesting to see how the QB position plays out this week for the Cougars as it was hard to argue that backup, Tyler Hilinski, was much more productive than longtime starter, Luke Falk. Washington State has been tough at home this season, however, I think the Cougars defense is going to have trouble with Bryce Love in this one (make sure he is playing!) and I’m going to take Stanford and the points on the road.