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Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington State Cougars (2-2) at Stanford Cardinal (3-1)
Date & Time Saturday October 8, 2016, 10:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Stanford Cardinal -7.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5
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CFB | Washington State Cougars (2-2) at Stanford Cardinal (3-1)

The Washington State Cougars will travel to play the Stanford Cardinal in a PAC-12 college football game on Saturday.

The Stanford Cardinal are 3-1 (1-1) this season after losing to Washington by a score of 44-6 in their last game. Stanford was overmatched in this game, getting outgained by over 200 total yards. The Stanford offense is averaging 20.2 points per game with 160.8 rushing yards and 149 passing yards per game. Ryan Burns is completing 63.3% of his passes for 546 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Stanford. Christian McCaffrey has rushed for 485 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bryce Love has rushed for 105 yards for the Cardinal. Christian McCaffrey has caught 17 passes for 149 yards and 1 touchdown, while Michael Rector has caught 9 passes for 97 yards and 1 score for the Cardinal. The Stanford defense is giving up 20 points per game with 125 rushing yards and 234.2 passing yards per game. Zach Hoffpauir has led the Stanford defense with 21 tackles, while Dallas Lloyd has added 17 tackles and 1 interception. Conrad Ukropina has gone 6-6 on field goals for Stanford, with a long of 50 yards.

The Washington State Cougars are 2-2 (1-0) this season after beating Oregon by a score of 51-33 in their last game. Washington State started the season slowly, but has been able to turn it around with a big win over the Ducks. The Washington State offense is averaging 44.2 points per game with 161.2 rushing yards and 387.5 passing yards per game. Luke Falk is completing 74.3% of his passes for 1495 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Washington State. James Williams has rushed for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jamal Morrow has rushed for 225 yards and 3 scores for the Cougars. Gabe Marks has caught 29 passes for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Tavares Martin Jr. has caught 24 passes for 257 yards and 1 touchdown for Washington State. The Cougars defense is giving up 28.8 points per game with 130.8 rushing yards and 294 passing yards per game. Peyton Pelluer has led the Washington State defense with 27 tackles and 3.5 tackles, while Shalom Luani has added 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions. Erik Powell has gone 0-4 on field goal attempts this season for the Cougars.

Washington State is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The under is 4-1 in Washington State’s last 5 October games. Stanford is 40-18 ATS in their last 58 home games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Stanford has struggled on offense a little more than people were expecting this season, but will be going up against a below average defense this week. Washington State has been able to turn their season around with 2 straight wins, but will be on the road for this game. I like the Stanford defense to be the difference in this game and for McCaffrey to have a big game. 

Stanford Cardinal -7.5

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