The surprising Washington Huskies will look to keep their unblemished record in pristine condition when they host the 16th-ranked Stanford Cardinal in a huge, Pac-12 showdown that will undoubtedly have postseason implications for both teams involved.
No 16. Stanford at Washington
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where: Husky Stadium
Kickoff: 4:15 PM ET
Spread: Stanford -8
Will the Huskies pull off the upset at home or will Stanford live up to their national ranking and handle the Huskies on the road?
Let’s find out.
Bet College Football Spreads Preview – Caridnal Vs. Huskies
Stanford (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) comes into this contest off an emphatic 35-0 win over Army in Week 3 while covering the spread as a 29.5-point home favorite in the process.’
Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 20 of 28 passes with four touchdowns in the win over the Black Knights while hooking up with senior wideout Devon Cajuste four times for 52 yards and three touchdowns.
The shutout was Stanford’s second of the season and helped them improve on the nation’s top-ranked defense. Stanford currently ranks first in total yards allowed (204.3 yards), first against (66.0 ypg) the pass and first in points allowed (4.3). Even in defeat, the Cardinal held USC to just 13 points in their controversial Week 2 13-10 home loss.
"We had high expectations for this year, and we have a high standard. Guys take a lot of pride in making sure those things don’t change," said new defensive coordinator Lance Anderson.
Cardinal head coach David Shaw talked about his defense’s versatility.
"The best thing about this defense, to me, is that it’s hard to say who the best player on the defense is," Shaw said.
Stanford’s defense will have its work cut out against a Washington (4-0 SU, 1-3 ATS) team that has scored at least 44 points in each of their last three games, including their 45-14 blowout of Georgia State in Week 4 though the Huskies narrowly failed to cover the spread as a 34.5-point home favorite.
— UW Football (@UW_Football) September 25, 2014
The Huskies got a solid performance out of sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles as he completed 19 of 27 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Washington is averaging a stellar 41.2 points per game (27th) while allowing just 25.2 per contest defensively (72nd).
The Huskies however, haven’t faced a real elite program in narrowly beating Hawaii 17 -16 in its regular season opener, before going on to pound both, Eastern Washington and Illinois in Week 2 and 3.
"I don’t know if we’re ready for it or not, but we’ve got four games, some good experience and this whole thing is a work in progress and I really mean that," Huskies head coach Chris Petersen said. "This is going to be a completely new challenge to us that we haven’t seen in the first four games and we’re well aware of that. We have to step our game up. We have to play at a level we haven’t played at yet to compete with these guys. Hopefully, those first four games helped us somehow, some way."
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) September 25, 2014
Game Analysis: While Stanford has won five of the last six meetings against the Huskies these two Pac-12 rivals have split the last two meetings with the Cardinal winning 31-28 at home last season one year after Washington held it down on their home turf in their 17-13 win in 2012.
This time around, I’m going to urge you to back Washington to cover the spread at the very least – and possible win outright against a Cardinal team that I expect to contend for a playoff berth.
The Huskies have been transformed by former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen – and I have no doubt that the widely-respected, but strangely underrated Petersen is going to turn the Huskies into a perennial national title contender much like he did with the formerly mid-major Broncos.
Stanford is 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and a solid 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games, but Washington is 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games following an ATS loss and a seriously impressive 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games.
I like the Washington Huskies to cover the spread in a contest that looks like its going to be a lot closer to a field goal finish than the nearly double-digit spread that this game is featuring.
My Bet College Football Spread Betting Pick: Washington +8 Points
If you like this pick, then you should also look at backing North Carolina State as a whopping 18-point home underdog against top-ranked Florida State and polarizing quarterback Jameis Winston.