Washington State Cougars (6-1) at Stanford Cardinal (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The 14th ranked Washington State Cougars will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the 24th ranked Stanford Cardinal this upcoming Saturday night in College Football action.
The 14th ranked Washington State Cougars won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-1 (3-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the 12th ranked Oregon Ducks, 34-20, this past Saturday. Washington State jumped all over an Oregon Ducks team that came out flat and was able to hang on late after they went into halftime with a 27-0 lead. Washington State outgained Oregon by a 400-328 margin however, did commit two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Gardner Minshew who completed 39 of 51 passes for 323 yards, 4 TD & 2 INT. On the season, Washington State is averaging 40.7 ppg on 473.3 total yards per game (400.7 passing yds/g; 72.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by QB Gardner Minshew who has completed 69.8% of his passes for 23 TD & 6 INT while averaging 392.1 passing yds/g. The top targets for Minshew and the Cougars have been Davontavean Martin (6.6 rec/g; 66.4 yds/g; 6 TD), Dezmon Patmon (4.4 rec/g; 64.4 yds/g; 3 TD), and Easop Winston Jr. (4.6 rec/g; 62.9 yds/g; 6 TD). Leading the way in the backfield for Washington State has been James Williams who had 6 rushing TD’s while averaging 44.7 rushing yds/g on 10.4 att/g. Williams is also a major threat in the passing game as he has 3 receiving TD’s and is averaging 46.4 receiving yds/g on 5.6 rec/g. Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 23.3 ppg on 313.6 total yards per game (178.3 passing yds/g; 135.3 rushing yds/g).
The 24th ranked Stanford Cardinal snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 5-2 (3-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils, 20-13, this past Saturday. Stanford had trouble putting up points agianst the Sun Devils defense early in this one however, were able to pull away after 14 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter gave Stanford a 20-6 lead with 2:45 left in the 3rd quarter. Stanford was outgained by a 437-358 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cardinal was WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside who had 7 receptions for 91 yards and a TD. On the season, Stanford is averaging 24.9 ppg on 354.7 total yards per game (263.1 passing yds/g; 91.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by QB K.J. Costello who has completed 64.5% of his passes for 13 TD & 6 INT while averaging 263.1 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Costello and the Cougars have been JJ Arcega-Whiteside (5.3 rec/g; 90.3 yds/g; 9 TD), Kaden Smith (3.9 rec/g; 54.6 yds/g), Trenton Irwin (4.9 rec/g; 51.9 yds/g), and Colby Parkinson (1.6 rec/g; 23.3 yds/g; 3 TD). RB Bryce Love has 3 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 69.6 yds/g on 17.4 att/g however, has been banged up all season and was largely ineffective agianst the Sun Devils as he had 21 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 20.7 ppg on 405.0 total yards per game (252.1 passing yds/g; 152.9 rushing yds/g).
The Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Washington State is once agianst having great success with their passing attack as they Cougars come into this matchup with the 13th ranked scoring offense and the top ranked passing offense. Stanford had a nice bounce back victory against Arizona State however, they have to be concerned that their rushing attack ranks just 127th in the country and that their passing defense has been less than stellar as it ranks just 98th. This is going to be a tough game for Washington State, however, Stanford did allow 41 points at home in their recent loss against Utah and as I expect the Cougars passing attack to find success agianst the Cardinal, I’m taking Washington State and the points in this one.