Washington Hosts Stanford in Pac-12 Thriller!

Washington Hosts Stanford in Pac-12 Thriller!

Washington Hosts Stanford in Pac-12 Thriller!

College football and the chance to cash in on its often value-packed betting odds will take center stage when the tenth-ranked Washington Huskies Host the Stanford Cardinal in a huge Week 5 Pac-12 pairing.

With both nationally ranked programs looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, this intriguing matchup will undoubtedly have postseason implications for both participants no matter who comes out on top.

Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value.

What: No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at No.10 Washington Huskies (4-0)
When: Friday, September 30, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET  
Where: Seattle, WA
Stadium: Husky Stadium
Spread: Stanford -3.5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 44
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The Cardinal picked up a hard-fought 22-13 win over UCLA in a Week 4 Pac-12 matchup that was a lot closer than the final score indicates. Stanford covered the college football betting line as a 1.5-point favorite to move to a perfect 3-0 ATS this season.

Stanford star Christian McCaffery rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries in the win but was largely kept in check by the Bruins. Redshirt freshman wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside came up huge down the stretch and put the game away by hauling in a sweet 8-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Ryan Burns.

The Cardinal are averaging a modest 25.0 points per game this season, but are also ranked eighth in the nation in points allowed (12.0 ppg). Stanford is 5-0 ATS in its last five games and an unblemished 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.

The Huskies remained unbeaten by taking out Arizona 35-28 in overtime despite never coming close to covering the spread as a whopping 17-point favorite to fall to 0-2 ATS over their last two games.

Quarterback Jake Browning connected with wide receiver Dante Pettis on a four-yard TD strike in OT to lift the Huskies to victory while running back Lavon Coleman rushed 11 times for 181 yards and one score.

The Huskies are ranked a stellar 10th in scoring by averaging a healthy 45.8 points per contest while also ranking an impressive 15th in points allowed by limiting their opponents to just 14.5 points per game. Washington has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Expert Pick

The Washington Huskies are in a great position to beat Stanford and bolster their playoff chances, but I wasn’t very impressed with the Huskies in their narrow win over a so-so Arizona squad last weekend while conversely, I was encouraged by the fight that Stanford showed in refusing to lose against UCLA.

While it would seem like Washington has the far more explosive offense in this matchup, I believe the Huskies’ offensive statistics are skewed because of their early-season matchups against inferior opponents. 

Stanford has gone6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win.

While Washington has gone 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss, the Huskies are also just 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record.

While the home team in this Pac-12 rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. I’m going with Stanford to get the outright road win and ATS cover, seeing as how the Cardinal are 38-16-1 ATS in their last 55 conference games and have a defense that is as good as any in the nation right now.

My Pick: Stanford 31 Washington 28