Washington State Vs. Stanford – College Football Week 9 Picks
Washington State Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal Predictions
Let’s start with this. I’m a huge fan of head coach Mike Leach. He’s goofy, he manages his team like he’s playing real-life Madden and he gives the weirdest and most creative press conferences. He’s that funny uncle with the inappropriate joke during Thanksgiving dinner. Washington State is 6-1 and could have been undefeated if not for their narrow loss to USC. They have beaten Utah, Oregon State, and Oregon in their last three games while covering the spread each time. In fact, they have covered the spread in all seven games this season, making them one of the most profitable programs in 2018.
The oddsmakers at sportsbetting.ag decided to make them a 3-point underdog visiting Stanford Stadium. That’s a venue where they have lost four of their last five visits. Even so, 54% of the betting public is leaning toward the Cougars. Their offense is just too explosive. Even for the most disciplined teams like Stanford, their offensive pace is something they can’t emulate in practice. The Cougars average 40.7 points per game (13th) this season, and they have done by having a one-dimensional offense. Coach Leach couldn’t care less about balance. He has the best passing attack in the nation, averaging 400.7 passing yards per game. Their rushing efforts barely average 72.6 rushing yards every weekend. That unique formula is the winning one for them.
Stanford beat Arizona State 20-13 last week and cut a two-game losing streak. The Cardinal struggled against Notre Dame and Utah during the two previous weeks. They will have to face two passing offenses in the next two weeks, matching up against the Cougars and the Washington Huskies. To stop Washington State, the Cardinal could use a capable rushing offense. However, RB Bryce Love has struggled with the injuries. Love ran for only 21 yards in 11 attempts against the Sun Devils. He’s listed as day-to-day with a sore ankle.
Stanford is traditionally a power-run offense. Without Love they have become more of passing unit. Yet, trying to match Washington’s pace would be a terrible idea. Teams who have wanted to do this fall behind quickly in the scoreboard and get predictable. The Cardinal has won eight of their last ten games in the series. This year, however, it doesn’t look like they have the tools to keep up with a Washington State team that has been money all season. What’s the play? Washington State +3.
Spread: Stanford -3
Money line: Washington State +135 vs. Stanford -155
Game Total: 53
Game Time: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 | 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
TV: PAC 12 Network
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