Stanford at Washington Preview and Pick Against the Spread
#8 Stanford (-7) at Washington
Stanford has done unbelievably well without Andrew Luck. David Shaw has shown that he is a great coach. There has already been significant turnover since Jim Harbaugh left for the big, bad NFL. The biggest person still on the team is Stepfan Taylor, who has rushed for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns on 67 carries. Josh Nunes has been impressive throwing 46 of 88 for 615 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Most impressive is the performance so far by the Stanford run defense, which is currently the stingiest in the country. They practically shut down USC a couple weeks ago and got plenty of pressure on the Matt Barkley.
Washington has been near dead last in the country on both rushing and passing and have been nearly outscored so far this season with San Diego State and Portland State on their schedule. Keith Price is a really good quarterback, but unless he has a rushing attack to take the pressure off and to set up play action pass there isn’t much he can do. While Washington is a home underdog I have more faith in the Cardinal to cover than in Washington to lose by a field goal or less.