Washington (@1.1) vs Stanford (@6.5)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Washington will win

Washington – Stanford Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 22:30

This should be an obvious point, but it was a worthwhile question to ask after Browning was bench for two series in the 12-10 loss to the Golden Bears on Saturday. His replacement, redshirt freshman Jake Haener, threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown. Petersen said the benching was more about the offense than Browning, which is a weird thing to say. The Huskies can still win the Pac-12 North if they win out, but they need Browning -- and the rest of the offense -- to play much better. Washington HC Chris Petersen told reporters at his press conference that senior QB Jake Browning is "absolutely" his starting quarterback for Saturday.

9 in the latest CFP rankings. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they aren't getting much credit for last season. Washington: Washington won the Pac-12 last season and was chosen for the College Football Playoff. If it wins out and wins the Pac-12, it has a good chance to be one of the four teams at the top of the mountain when all the dust settles. This is because the Huskies haven't played what anyone would consider to be a difficult schedule, and unfortunately for them, a win over Stanford this week won't be as impressive as it could have been. It lost its semifinal game against Alabama, but it comported itself well in the game and wasn't embarrassed. Still, Washington is in the playoff hunt. They're 8-1 on the season yet they're only ranked No.

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On the other side of the ball, Washington is holding teams to an average of just 11.1 points per game on 240.9 yards. WR Dante Pettis had a huge game, catching four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Pettis also returned a punt for 64 yards to become the NCAA all-time leader in punt returns for TDs. As a whole, the Huskies offense is currently averaging 38.6 points per game which is 15th overall nationwide. QB Jake Browning continued his stellar play, increasing his passing yard average to 211.9 yards/game. The Huskies improved to 8-1 the season last weekend after an impressive 38-3 victory against the Oregon Ducks. Washington was dominant on both sides of the ball, gaining 451 total yards while limiting Oregon to just 278 yards.

Hes thrown an interception in each of his last four games, as his performance has declined over the course of the season. As mentioned, the Washington offense has been a huge disappointment all season. I dont believe that theyll suddenly flip a switch and get it going. Browning has thrown eight interceptions to just 12 touchdown passes this year.

As a team they have accumulated a total of 204 1st downs this year, placing them 14th overall as an offensive unit. They are 63rd in the nation in points scored with 239. They have run 607 plays this season for 3,694 yards, which ranks them 32nd in Division 1 in total offense. His quarterback rating this year is 146.7. He has completed 152 passes on 237 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.1%. He has thrown for 2,049 yards this season. They've run 357 times, averaging 4.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Washington Huskies have been penalized on offense 41 times for 356 yards so far this season, which has them 98th in the country in penalties. The Huskies have run for 1,510 yards as a team, which ranks 49th in college football. Jake Browning averages 8.6 yards per pass attempt and 8.1 adjusted yards per throw. Washington averages 6.1 yards per play, which is 45th in college football.

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However, Browning will retain the starting job this week and have a chance to redeem himself. The Huskies are no doubt happy to see October end and November begin. Washington was just 2-2 in October, including last weeks 12-10 loss to Cal that dropped the Huskies from the top-25. During that loss, senior quarterback Jake Browning was actually benched because of how inept the UW offense has become.

First of all, the home team in this rivalry has covered five of the last six, and that's a difficult trend to ignore, particularly with the home team getting points this time. From a gambling standpoint, Washington's had the best of this matchup recently, covering in four of the last five meetings. Furthermore, Friday nights have been weird in the Pac-12! I don't know if I'm ready to say Stanford pulls off the upset, but it should cover the number. Still, I have a hard time trusting the Huskies here for a few reasons.

While I expect Washington to respond positively to last weeks upset loss, Im wary about swallowing more than a touchdown for a team thats had such a disappointing season offensively. Note that all three of their losses have come against top-15 teams. Id be surprised if this game ends up being decided by double figures, so this as an easy lean toward Stanford and the points. I also dont think that Stanford is nearly as bad as their record.

The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Seattle, is 13-5 in the Cardinals last 18 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game, and is 55-26-1 in Stanfords last eight games coming off an ATS loss. On the other side, the under is 8-1 in the Huskies last nine games overall, is 5-1 in their last six conference games and is 4-0 in their last four home games.

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I wouldnt even rule out a Cardinal win because they have some good wins on their resume. Even if Stanford cant pull off the win on the road, Im confident theyll at least beat the spread. In the end, I dont trust Washingtons offense enough to cover 9.5 points. The Huskies are good defensively, but they arent going to pitch a shutout against a Stanford team that has faced plenty of quality defenses this year.