Stanford Cardinal (2-5) vs Washington Huskies (7-0)
2023-10-28 19:00:00 EDT
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The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal meet Saturday in college football action from Stanford Stadium. Washington is fresh off a game versus Arizona State last weekend. In that one the Huskies stayed undefeated after a near-upset win. As for Stanford, they played UCLA in their last matchup. The Cardinal went on to fall in a blowout to drop to 2-5 overall. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Huskies got through their first half-dozen games without a blemish this year, but a couple of the wins featured close escapes. Washington took out Boise State 56-19, Tulsa 43-10, Michigan State 41-7, California 59-32, Arizona 31-24 and Oregon 36-33 during that run. Huskies QB Michael Penix put up 302 yards and four passing scores in the win over the Ducks.
In the Arizona State matchup last weekend, Washington didn’t look like a top-five ranked squad. The Huskies were down 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter but rallied for a 15-7 win that was way closer than it should have been. Penix had 275 yards and a pair of interceptions, and Ja’Lynn Polk had a nice day receiving with 102 yards on nine grabs.
Washington Huskies Team Facts
- Washington has won each of its last 14 games.
- Washington has failed to cover the spread in each of its last seven October games as a favorite.
- Washington has won the first quarter in four of its last five road games against conference opponents.
- Washington has won the first half in each of its last four road games against conference opponents.
- Four of Washington’s last five games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.
Over on the Cardinal’s side, they had a sketchier run through their first half-dozen games, but to be fair they were pretty competitive against comparable squads in that time. Stanford opened 2-4 with wins over Hawaii 37-24 and Colorado 46-43 (OT). Otherwise the losses came to USC 56-10, Sacramento State 30-23, Arizona 21-20 and Oregon 42-6.
Matched up against UCLA on Saturday, Stanford was kept in check for the whole game. The Cardinal gave up points in all four quarters during a 42-7 blowout loss. QB Ashton Daniels managed 268 yards with one TD and one pick, while Elic Ayomanor led the receivers on 90 yards from eight catches.
Stanford Cardinal Team Facts
- Stanford has lost each of its last 10 games against AP-ranked teams.
- Stanford has failed to cover the spread in each of its last 10 games against AP-ranked teams.
- Stanford has lost the first half in 17 of its last 20 games against conference opponents.
- Each of Stanford’s last five games against AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.
- Washington are one of only six FBS teams undefeated in home games this season ([z-0]).
- Washington rank T7th among FBS teams for points per game this season (40.1).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stay with Washington in this one. Also probably not touching it due to the thick line, though. The Huskies faltered on offense in the Arizona State matchup last weekend—a game they should have been able to sleepwalk through. Washington finished with a tepid 288 yards (275 passing), 17 first downs, 3-of-11 on third-down tries and a whopping four turnovers. It was the first time all year the Huskies have scored fewer than 31 points, and it’ll lead to a lot of doomsday talk this week. Ultimately I think the Huskies will rebound and play well here; on paper it’s not a tough matchup.
As for Stanford, they’ve given up 42 or more points in each of the last three games while also scoring seven or fewer points in two of those. There’s potential here for a big bounce-back effort from Washington, but the offense as a whole is really going to have to sharpen up.