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Washington Huskies vs. Stanford Cardinal - 9/30/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at Washington Huskies (4-0)
Date & Time Friday September 30, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Washington Huskies -3 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at Washington Huskies (4-0)

The Stanford Cardinal will travel to play the Washington Huskies in a PAC-12 game on Friday night.

The Washington Huskies are 4-0 this season after beating Arizona by a score of 35-28 in overtime. Washington gave away their lead late in the fourth but was able to win the game in overtime. The Washington offense is averaging 45.8 points per game with 195.5 rushing yards and 249.8 passing yards per game. Jake Browning is completing 70.5% of his passes for 904 yards, 14 touchdowns and 2 interceptions for Washington. Myles Gaskin has rushed for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Lavon Coleman has rushed for 261 yards and 1 touchdown for the Huskies. John Ross has caught 17 passes for 195 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Chico McClatcher has caught 12 passes for 269 yards and 4 touchdowns for Washington. The Washington defense is giving up 14.5 points per game with 145.5 rushing yards and 175.2 passing yards per game. Azeem Victor has led the Washington defense with 31 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, while Vita Vea has added 16 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Cameron Van Winkle has gone 3-6 on field goals with a long of 45 yards for the Huskies. Washington is ranked in the top 10 but hasn’t really played a good opponent yet. We will find out a lot about the Huskies against Stanford this week.

The Stanford Cardinal are 3-0 this season after beating UCLA by a score 22-13. Stanford was able to take the lead late in the fourth quarter before recovering a fumble and returning it for a touchdown with no time left on the clock. The Stanford offense is averaging 25 points per game with 204.7 rushing yards and 137.3 passing yards per game. Ryan Burns is completing 61.4% of his passes for 395 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Stanford. Christian McCaffrey has rushed for 436 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bryce Love has rushed for 102 yards for the Cardinal. Christian McCaffrey has caught 12 passes for 119 yards and 1 touchdown, while Michael Rector has caught 6 passes for 79 yards and 1 touchdown for Stanford. The Stanford defense is giving up 12 points per game with 95.3 rushing yards and 242.3 passing yards per game. Zach Hoffpauir has 16 tackles to lead the Stanford defense, while Peter Kalambayi has added 12 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Conrad Ukropina has gone 6-6 on field goals for the Cardinal, with a long of 50 yards. Stanford has looked impressive this season, but will struggle on offense if McCaffrey has a bad game.

Stanford is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The under is 8-2 in Stanford’s last 10 September games. Washington is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on turf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 6-1 in Washington’s last 7 games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

This should be a very entertaining game between two top teams in the PAC-12. Washington struggled in their last game against a below average Arizona team, while Stanford had to come from behind against UCLA. Both of these teams play very good defense, which gives Washington the advantage. The Washington offense is better than Stanford’s, as the Cardinal are still trying to ease their new quarterback into the system. With this game being played at Washington, I am going to pick the Huskies. 

Washington Huskies -3

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