Stanford vs. Washington Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

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Stanford (3-0) vs. Washington (4-0) Game Preview


Date: Friday, Sept. 30
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Network: ESPN

Why Stanford Will Win

Washington finally played a team with just a little bit of an offense, and look what happened.

Different offense, different styles, but Arizona backup quarterback Brandon Dawkins ran wild, taking off for 176 yards and two touchdowns getting free time and again for big dashes through the Husky second-level. Stanford isn’t going to put Christian McCaffrey under center, but it’ll be plenty of the same principles.

Stretch out the Dawgs a bit, keep blasting away with the offensive line, and get No. 5 moving and get him in space as much as possible.

But UW will load up against the run and make Stanford try opening it up a bit. As good as the Stanford defense has been so far, it’s going to take more than 25 points to get this done. To do that, Washington has to turn the Cardinal into more of a passing team – that might not be a bad thing.

When absolutely needed late against UCLA, QB Ryan Burns came up with the drive, and the game-winning throw to prove that even if the Cardinal offense is averaging just 137 passing yards per game, it can work if it has to. Stanford is converting 49% of its third down plays – Burns is making the throws he has to. Keeping the chains moving will mean everything.

Why Washington Will Win

This is the game the program has been waiting years for.

Don’t get too hung up on the close call against Arizona – that should be the wake-up call the team needed after a soft and squishy first three games.

The defense is set up perfectly for the Cardinal offense with speed and range at linebacker, and smart, veteran safeties who won’t make any mistakes – they’ll be great on third downs.

Stanford usually wins by getting physical – which won’t work against these UW lines – and by doing everything right. Washington, though, is managing to do that even better with solid special teams, few penalites, and a whopping +9 turnover margin on the year being +2 or better in every game. The offense has lost the ball once in each game, but the swarming defense brings the thump and knows how to force fumbles.

Stanford will be careful with the ball and won’t hurt itself with silly mistakes, but Washington won’t give the conservative offense any breaks.

But while the Washington defense will get the spotlight …

What’s Going To Happen?

Jake Browning will be the difference.

The Washington quarterback missed last year’s Stanford game, and he only threw for 323 yards total in his last two games, but he’s been sharp so far turning into the right leader and right conductor for the Husky attack.

He’s coming off his worst game of the year, but as long has he’s able to out-game manager Burns, Washington should be able to pull this off in the big national statement moment.

The Chris Petersen era will have finally arrived.

Stanford vs. Washington Prediction

Final Score: Washington 27, Stanford 23

Line: Washington -3, o/u: 44

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