The Stanford Cardinal are quickly gaining attention and that’s no surprise to head coach David Shaw. Having a starting quarterback that he can trust, Shaw is gaining attention for being one of the best coaches in the nation and that will happen when you’re relatively new as the head coach and you still have a wealth of success.
On the other side of the field, the Washington Huskies get to play the role of spoilers — even though they are serious contenders — in week six. Hosting the No. 5 Cardinal, the Huskies would challenge for the top spot in the Pac-12 North Division with a win on Saturday night.
Stanford, like I said earlier, has a quarterback by the name of Kevin Hogan that is one of the most reliable at his position in the nation. While his numbers won’t blow you out of the water, he is still the leader of this team and that makes a bigger difference than his 832 pass yards and 10 touchdowns through four games. Senior running back Tyler Gaffney has filled in nicely at running back, rushing the ball 72 times for 377 yards and five touchdowns this season. It’s hard to stop an offense that averages over 40 points a game like Stanford does.
Washington has a potent quarterback-running back duo just like Stanford does — maybe even better. Senior gunslinger Keith Price has 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns this season while adding a rushing touchdown to those numbers. Completing over 72 percent of his passes has been enough to earn him a spot on the Heisman watch list. Running back Bishop Sankey has been solid as well, carrying the ball 104 times for an unbelievable 607 yards through four games. The junior back has also added five touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, the Huskies rank fourth in the country, allowing just 10.8 points per game while ranking 13th with 288 yards allowed per contest. This could be the best defense in the conference. Stanford was once the best defense in the conference and still could hold that distinction, but they allow 343 yards and 19.5 points per game this season.
Washington will travel to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Washington 28, Stanford 31