The Stanford Cardinal are coming off a win against Arizona State in week four’s only matchup of ranked teams in college football. Stanford has proven to be one of the top teams in the nation and the defending Rose Bowl champs are in the talks for national title contenders.
On the other side of the field, the Washington State Cougars have been historically poor. The Cougars have four conference titles and 10 bowls in the history of the program. However, the Cougars look better than they have in recent memory, beating USC in route to a 3-1 record through four weeks.
Stanford is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan who has been regarded as the man who will help Cardinal fans forget about Andrew Luck. He has played a bit under what expectations have been set upon him with just 546 yards and seven touchdowns through three games. Wide out Ty Montgomery averages nearly 100 yards per game and has added four touchdowns on the year, giving Hogan some help in the pass game. Tyler Gaffney has been solid as the first-year starting running back for this team, rushing for 323 yards and five touchdowns.
Connor Halliday leads the Washington State Cougars’ offense at quarterback. The junior quarterback has passed for over 300 yards in three of four games, summing up to 1,288 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. His only real downfall is the fact that he makes poor decisions often — throwing eight interceptions as well. Gabe Marks has become his favorite target — by far — catching 31 passes for 348 yards and three scores. The run game, on the other hand, is one of the worst in the country.
Defensively, the Cougars have allowed just 12 points per game through the four weeks while only allowing one team to rack up more than 300 yards. Stanford’s defense is usually one of the best in the country, but the 2013 season has been a bit different. The Cardinal allow over 20 points per game and have given up over 400 yards once in three games and over 300 yards twice.
Stanford will travel to Washington State to take on the Cougars at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Stanford 27, Washington State 14