Not many have forgotten about the matchup between these teams last year. Stanford was already 3-0 and was preparing on making a run at an undefeated season. They went on the road to Washington as 7-point favorites, but came away stunned in a 17-13 loss. Washington followed that Game with three straight losses, but it gave them belief that they can beat whoever is on the field across from them. They’ve brought that confidence into this season and now sit 4-0 with a few nice wins.
In the redemption Game, the Cardinal are -7 point favorites at betonline. While both teams are undefeated, neither one has played an opponent as tough as they are about to. Stanford will likely be a Top 10 team by season’s end and Washington may finish in the Top 20 if all goes well for them. The Pac-12 is about to get exciting.
The betting public doesn’t there is much doubt in the outcome apparently. A whopping 92% of the early action at 5dimes.com is on Stanford -7. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for an account at 5dimes.com so you can view their betting trends. It’s an essential handicapping tool that will show you which way the money is flowing on every Game on the board and should be a part of all sharp bettors arsenal.
As seen in last weekend’s win over Washington State, the Stanford offense looks a notch above what they were a year ago. Kevin Hogan has been solid, throwing for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hogan finished with nine TDs last year and he had double the pass attempts he currently has. The running Game looks just fine with Tyler Gaffney leading the way with 377 yards and five TDs. Hogan’s favorite target is Ty Montgomery, who has 327 yards and Four TDs.
This will be the most complete offense the Huskies have seen yet. So far, it’s either been a pass-heavy or rush-heavy offense and they’ve stopped both. Can they stop the ever-consistent Stanford offense for the second straight year, but now on the road? It’s going to be a tall task, that’s for sure.
Of course, the Cardinal will also have their hands full on the defensive end. They’ve been solid so far and have only really given up points when Games were out of reach. Much like Stanford, the Washington offense is the complete package.
Quarterback Keith Price has been the main key already with 1,044 yards and nine TDs. He’s much more efficient than a year ago, not only getting the ball further down field, but completing 72 percent of his passes. He struggled at times last week against Arizona, and may not have the option to do that in this Game. Price has plenty of depth in the receiving Game at his disposal, with three guys already over 200 yards and eight different guys with a touchdown. And then there’s Bishop Sankey, one of the best running backs in the country. He’s already at 607 yards and five TDs through Four Games.
In last year’s matchup, Sankey went for 144 yards and a TD while receiver Kasen Williams had 129 yards and a TD for the Huskies. Stanford’s offense struggled for the most part due to inefficient QB play by Josh Nunes.
The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last six Conference Games and 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. However, they aren’t as good on the road going 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road Games. The Cardinal are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 October Games. The Cardinal have also covered in Four of the last five meetings with the Huskies (the loss coming last year), while the under is 7-2 in the last nine contests.