Two west coast top 25 teams go head-to-head this weekend when the 6-1 Washington State Cougars face the 5-2 Stanford Cardinal. Stanford opened as a 4.5-point favorite, but the odds dipped down to three points by Tuesday. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 PM this Saturday from Stanford Stadium in California.
Odds & Expert Pick Washington State Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal
What: College Football Week 9
Who: No. 14 Washington State Cougars at No. 24 Stanford Cardinal
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
When: 7 PM ET, Saturday, October 27th
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Spread: Stanford -3
Moneyline: Cougars +135/Stanford -155
Is Washington State a smart pick over Stanford?
Washington State is 6-1 straight-up and a perfect 7-0 against the spread after a 34-20 victory over Oregon last week. The Cougars are winning by consistently out hustling opponents in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
Senior graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew II is lighting up defenses with 392.1 passing yards per game. That is tops in the nation. He has completed 254 of 364 (69.8%) of his passes for 23 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Is Stanford a smart pick over Washington State
Stanford has taken bettors on a roller coaster of a season. The Cardinal had wins over USC and Oregon. Both are top 20 teams. But then they fumbled with consecutive blowout losses to No. 3 Notre Dame and then-unranked Utah. Last week Stanford won its first road game, beating Arizona State 20-13.
How can Stanford beat Washington State? With its pass defense.
The Cardinal defense is allowing just 252.1 passing yards per game, that’s the second lowest among Pac-12 teams behind Oregon State. Plus Stanford has only allowed seven passing touchdowns.
Expert Pick Washington State vs. Stanford
Washington State is 2-1 straight-up and 3-0 against the spread in its last three games against the Cardinal. This season, Stanford is 4-2 against the spread. As for the Cougars, they are 7-0 against the spread.
My expert pick to win this game straight up is Washington State. Bet the moneyline at +135 and laugh all the way to the bank.