Two top-10 teams square off as Stanford heads to Seattle to take on Washington in a Pac-12 Friday night matchup. According to OddsShark, the Huskies are favored by 3.5 points heading into the contest.
The over-under is set at 45 points. Vegas typically equates home field advantage with three points meaning the odds makers see these teams as virtually even.
The OddsShark computer is bullish on Washington’s chances and projects a 34.3-20 Huskies victory. The computer is taking Washington to cover the spread and the over on the point total.
Both teams are coming off narrow conference victories. Stanford defeated UCLA 22-13, but a late defensive touchdown made the score look closer than the game was. Washington needed overtime to escape with a 35-28 road win against Arizona.
Washington came into the season with many in the national media projecting the Huskies to be the best team in the Pac-12. Washington has looked good to start the season, but Arizona was its biggest test yet.
Stanford has had a gauntlet of an opening schedule with games against Kansas State, USC and UCLA. The Cardinal comes into this matchup battle tested but could be bit worn down with its difficult schedule.
Washington has loads of talent that the Stanford defense will have to account for. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has thrown for 904 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions to start the season. Browning has a number of playmakers to work with including running back Myles Gaskin and versatile receiver John Ross.
Stanford has the biggest playmaker in college football in Christian McCaffrey. Heavy likes McCaffrey to play well after being bottled up against UCLA. The challenge for Stanford is Washington has more playmakers, and we see the Huskies taking the next step forward under Chris Peterson with a victory over Stanford in front of a noisy Seattle crowd.
Heavy’s Pick: Washington 31 Stanford 27. Washington -3.5. Over on the Point Total.