Stanford Cardinal (2-1) at Washington Huskies (4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 27, 2014, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Huskies +7 -- Over/Under: 47
The Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal face off on Saturday at Husky Stadium in a Pac-12 college football battle.
The Washington Huskies haven’t always made it look pretty but they are off to a 4-0 start in Chris Petersen’s first year as Head Coach. Washington has had several sluggish starts including last week against huge underdog Georgia State but they came on in the fourth quarter to make the score lopsided in the end. UW QB Cyler Miles has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for five touchdowns with no interceptions and he has rushed for three touchdowns. Lavon Coleman leads he Husky ground attack averaging 4.4 yards per carry and Dwayne Washington has found he endzone three times. Jaydon Mickens has ben Washington’s primary receiving target as he has 20 receptions and John Ross has three receiving touchdowns on six catches. The Washington defense has four interceptions, 19 sacks, and five fumble recoveries and they have been solid against the run allowing just 115 yards per game. Danny Shelton has 40 tackles and 7.5 sacks, Hau’oll Kikaha has 6.0 sacks, and Marcus Peters has two interceptions. Washington hasn’t ben overly impressive but it is tough to argue with a 4-0 record.
The Stanford Cardinal are 2-1 for the season and are coming off of a bye last week. Stanford took a tough home loss to USC where they failed to take advantage of scoring chances and followed it up blanking Army a home. QB Kevin Hogan leads Stanford completing 73 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and an interception. Barry Sanders leads the Stanford ground attack averaging 7.9 yards per carry and Kelsey Young is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Ty Montgomery has 22 receptions and he is also dangerous in the return game and Austin Hooper has 12 receptions. The Stanford defense has three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and seven sacks. Blake Martinez leads the Cardinal defenders with 24 tackles, A.J. Tarpley has 19 tackles, and Jordan Richards has 18 tackles. This is Stanford’s forst road game of the year and of course it comes in a very tough stadium.
Washington is 16-7 in their last 23 home games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven Pac-12 games, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Stanford is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Pac-12 games, 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 games, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Stanford has covered the spread in four of their last five games in Washington.
With the total set at 47 I like the over as while both teams have had their share of self created trouble on offense, I can see them opening it up. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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