Washington Huskies vs. Stanford Cardinal
Date and Time: Friday, November 10, 2017, 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Opening College Football Odds: Washington -7
Washington vs. Stanford TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1
The Huskies really are the Pac-12's last hope this season. We think they're being treated tremendously unfairly after their loss to Arizona State in the desert a few weeks back. All this team has done is come out and whoop the snot out of every other team it has played in the nation. A 30-14 win at Rutgers was the closest game of the bunch aside from the loss at Arizona State, and we feel this team should be a lot closer to the top-four right now than it truly is.
The big problem Washington has is that the Pac-12 has cannibalized itself much as the Big Ten has. U-Dub hasn't played a team this year that is currently in the Top 25, and if Washington State drifts too much more, that might actually be the case for the entire season. It's hard to overcome a lousy schedule when you're an undefeated team, let alone when you're a team that has already been beaten once by Arizona State.
Stanford was beaten last week by Washington State, but it's hard to blame the Cardinal. They played in the snow for the first time in a game since 1936, and they really looked out of sorts when they were doing it. Still, they had a shot at the end of the game to put the Cougars away, but they allowed Luke Falk to march 94 yards on the game-winning drive.
K.J. Costello kept control of the offense for the entire game against Washington State, but perhaps that wasn't the best decision in the world. For a team that has bounced around quarterbacks all year, Costello went just 9-for-20 for 105 yards with a pick, yet he was never taken out of the game.
The worst part about that loss to Wazzu is that Bryce Love's Heisman Trophy dreams are probably smashed. He had 16 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, but if you take away his 52-yard touchdown run, he had just 15 carries for 17 yards.
David Shaw is smart enough to not kick the ball to Dante Pettis, but that doesn't mean that the NCAA's all-time leader in career punt return touchdowns can't play a huge role in this game.
Just the fact that punters are instructed to boot the ball away from Pettis as much as they can really hurt opponents with field position. Stanford's punting game is good with Jake Bailey, but Pettis' presence is going to crush his 44.6 yards per punt average.
Let's also not forget that Pettis is a darn good receiver, too. He leads the Huskies with 49 receptions, 571 yards and seven touchdowns, and when he gets the ball in his hands, he can be as explosive as it gets.
Washington vs. Stanford Free Picks
It's time to draw the curtains on the Pac-12 this season.
For as great as Washington has been, this Stanford team is the best it has seen this year by a country mile. The Cardinal still know they have a chance to win the Pac-12 North with all of the chaos that has come from this division this year, but winning this game at home is a must.
The Huskies are 4-2 ATS in their last six road games dating back to last season, but the oddsmakers have gotten this one right by making this spread so close. Don't fall into the trap set by your favorite internet sportsbook! Take the Cardinal.
College Football ATS Pick: Stanford +7 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Stanford 33, Washington 20