Washington State Cougars at Stanford Cardinal (-17,
The nation’s top-ranked passing offense will take on the No. 2
pass defense when Washington State travels to No. 22 Stanford
for a Pac-12 matchup Friday night. The Cougars average 523
passing yards and fresh off a 60-59 loss to California in which
Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday broke an NCAA
record with 734 passing yards while throwing six touchdowns.
The Cardinal are surrendering an average of 107.4 yards through
the air this season and haven’t allowed at least 30 points in
27 straight games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
The Cougars have four wide receivers with at least six
touchdown receptions this season led by Vince Mayle, who broke
the program record in the California game by accumulating 263
receiving yards. Stanford will need to find a way to ratchet up
its running game after totaling 47 rushing yards in a 17-14
loss last week to No. 5 Notre Dame, its fewest since 2007.
Remound Wright will likely continue as the starting running
back for Stanford, but Barry Sanders could be in line for extra
carries if Wright continues to struggle.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: The line has held steady with
Stanford as 17-point home favorites. The total has been bet
down considerably from 55 to 52.5.
INJURY REPORT: Washington State – WR Gabe Marks (out
indefinitely, head). Stanford – DT Ikenna Nwafor (out for
WEATHER REPORT: It should be a great night for
football with temperatures in the low 70s with low humidity.
There will be a slight five mile per hour wind blowing towards
the southeast end zone.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “When the Washington State
Cougars take on Stanford at The Farm Friday night, we’ll see
the nation’s leading passer matched up against the Cardinal’s
top ranked defense. Last week Halliday threw for an FBS record
724 yards, and the Cougars still lost at home to Cal.” –
Expert Jesse Schule.
WHAT BOOKS SAY:
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (2-4, 3-3 ATS, 3-3
O/U): The Cougars gave up two kickoff returns for
touchdowns against California and a punt return for a score the
week before in another one-point loss to Utah, leading to the
dismissal of special teams coach Erik Russell. Quentin
Breshears also missed a 19-yard field goal with 15 seconds left
against the Golden Bears, which would have lifted Washington
State to the win. Breshears also missed a 29-yarder last month
in a seven-point loss to No. 11 Oregon.
ABOUT STANFORD (3-2, 2-3 ATS, 0-4 O/U): Ty
Montgomery has been kept in check the last two games and that’s
one of the reasons the Cardinal has had trouble moving the
ball. The 6-2, 215-pound wide receiver caught 22 passes through
the first three games but has totaled just four in each of the
last two, gaining less than 30 yards in both games. He remains
on pace to better last season’s total of 61 catches but is
averaging just 9.6 yards a reception and has scored three
touchdowns, well off the 15.7 average and 10 scores he finished
with last season.
* Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Favorite is 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings.
* Under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
* Washington State is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings in
COVERS CONSENSUS: Just over 57 percent of
wagers are backing Washington State at +17.