The Stanford Cardinal (2-3) welcome the # 15 overall Washington Huskies (3-1) to California this weekend for a PAC-12 clash. Kickoff is set for 10:30 PM EST on Saturday, October 5th at Stanford Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 6 college football odds, Washington opened as a 14-point road favorite earlier this week. That spread has increased by a full point after early betting, as the Huskies are currently listed at -15. The total for the game is sitting at 50 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Stanford vs Washington
Washington improved to 3-1 overall last weekend after an impressive 28-14 home victory over USC. The Huskies scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back, holding the Trojans to just a single touchdown the entire second half. QB Jacob Eason was 18/26 for 180 passing yards while RB Salvon Ahmed churned out 153 rushing yards and a touchdown on a team-high 17 carries. Richard Newton also found the end zone despite rushing nine times for just 20 yards. Aaron Fuller led the way for the receiving corps, making six catches for 68 yards. Overall, Washington generated just under 400 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns against a fairly solid USC defense.
The Huskies defense also had a strong outing in Week 5, giving up just two touchdowns despite allowing over 350 yards of total offense. Washington really looked strong defending against the pass, holding the Trojans to 163 yards and a single touchdown through the air while also recording three interceptions.
Stanford avoided losing their fourth straight game last weekend, slipping past Oregon State 31-28 on the road to move back within one game of .500 overall. The Cardinal held a 14-0 lead after the second quarter but had a bit of a shaky performance in the second half, getting outscored 28-17 by the Beavers but still managing to hang on for the victory. QB Davis Mills played very well, going 18/25 for 245 yards and three touchdowns. RB Cameron Scarlett was a workhorse on the ground, rushing for 92 yards on a game-high 24 carries. Michael Wilson also had a huge impact on the game despite making just three catches, racking up 87 receiving yards and one touchdown. As a whole, Stanford gained 353 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns against a below average Oregon State defense.
The Cardinal defense didn’t have their best outing against the Beavers, surrendering well over 500 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Stanford really struggled to slow Oregon State down on the ground, getting torched by RB Artavis Pierce for 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Washington -15
This should be one of the most entertaining games on the schedule on Saturday evening, as both of these conference rivals really need to turn in a solid performance to avoid slipping any further down the PAC-12 North standings. Both programs are currently looking up at Oregon, while the Huskies are currently tied for second with UCLA. The Cardinal really need a victory to avoid falling to 1-3 in conference play. While I would have obviously would have preferred nabbing Washington when they opened at -14, I still think they are the better value as long as they stay at -15 or below. Not only have they looked much better defensively than Stanford has so far this year, they are also a rock-solid 7-1 against the spread over their last eight games overall.
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The key for me when looking at this matchup relates to how both teams performed against USC earlier in the season. While Stanford was dominated on both sides of the ball en route to a disappointing 45-20 loss, the Huskies badly outplayed the Trojans in their meeting and came away with a 14-point victory. Additionally, each of the three Cardinal loses that have occurred since Week 1 were by at least 15 points. Even if Stanford can find a way to stay within striking distance for a couple of quarters, Washington should be able to find a way to create some distance on the scoreboard down the stretch. I’ll lay the 15 points and side with the road favorite to cover – give me the Huskies!