Washington vs. Stanford preview: one of the Pac-12 North's biggest battles kicks off on Friday night.
On Friday, September 30, at 12 p.m. E.T., the Stanford Cardinal travel to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 70,083. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Washington vs. Stanford preview.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Washington has a 60.8-percent chance to defeat the Cardinal. The Huskies last won this game in 2012. The Cardinal have won seven of the last eight matchups in this series. According to OddsShark, Washington opened as a 3.5-point favorite in this one.
Washington leads the all-time series against Stanford 41-40-4. The Cardinal have a chance to tie it up on Friday night.
Spread: Washington Huskies -3.5
Game Time: 9:00 p.m. E.T.
Washington vs. Stanford preview:
Washington entered the year with a fairly crazy level of hype, especially for a team that went just 7-6 last season, but so far, Chris Petersen's club has done just about everything possible to live up. The Huskies made easy work of Rutgers, Idaho, and Portland State in their first three games, before a tough overtime win at Arizona.
Quarterback Jake Browning has been fantastic thus far, completing 70.5-percent of his throws for 904 yards, and over 9.5 yards per attempt. Browning has 14 touchdown passes to eight different receivers, and just two interceptions thus far.
Once again, Stanford is all about Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey. The do-it-all back is yet to have a truly massive game, but has rushed for at least 125 yards in all three of Stanford's contests thus far: wins over Kansas State, USC, and UCLA.
Stanford also wields a fantastic defense, which ranks No. 16 in ESPN's FPI efficiency metric. Both the Cardinal and Huskies have Top 20 offensive and defensive units.
Stanford will be playing without a few key starters, which will certainly complicate matters in Seattle.
Washington Huskies vs. Stanford Cardinal prediction:
Both of these teams enter this short-week contests coming off of very tough wins, and with Oregon's recent struggles, this could prove to be the decisive game in the Pac-12 North race. Under David Shaw and before him, Jim Harbaugh, the Cardinal have proved their championship mettle, but so far this season, Washington has been a more well-rounded club. We'll take the Huskies in a narrow one at home. Tune in on Friday night, this should be one of the top Pac-12 games of the entire season.
Washington 24, Stanford 21