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#403 Stanford 62 vs.
#404 Washington State -10
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:30pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 12 of college football continues as Stanford travels to Martin Stadium to play against Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 P.M. This will be the 70th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Cougars narrowly beat the Cardinal on the road by the score of 41-38.

Stanford Looks To Get Back To .500

The Stanford Cardinal have been extremely underwhelming this season. The Cardinal have lost five of their first nine games and are in serious danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2008. As a result, this is a "must-win" game for the program as it cannot afford to require victories against California and Notre Dame in the final two games in order to qualify for a bowl game. Therefore, Stanford will do whatever is possible to get back to a .500 record on Saturday against the worst team left on its remaining schedule in terms of record.

Leading the Cardinal offensively is senior quarterback K.J. Costello who has had a rocky season. So far this season, he has thrown for 1,038 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. However, he has already missed several games this season due to injury which has led to some of Stanford's struggles. To make matters worse, Costello is not guaranteed to even play in this game as he is currently being listed as questionable. If he is unable to go, backup quarterback Davis Mills would get the start.

Defensively, Stanford has been very underwhelming this season and could use serious improvement. The Cardinal are allowing 26.7 points per game which ranks 61st in the nation. In addition, the Cardinal are allowing 407.8 yards per game which ranks 76th in the nation. Now, Stanford will look for a better defensive performance on Saturday against one of the most productive offenses in the nation.

Washington State Looks To Get Back To Winning Ways

Mike Leach has his team in terrible form headed into this game. Washington State has lost five of its first nine games after starting the season with an undefeated record through three games. Furthermore, Washington State enters this game in awful form after losing each of its last two games on the road. Now, the Cougars will look to get back to their winning ways as they get to return home to face another struggling team in the Pac-12. This game is very important for the program as a victory will bring it just one win away from qualifying for another bowl game while a loss would essentially eliminate all hope of qualifying at all.

Leading the Cougars offensively is senior quarterback Anthony Gordonwho has been extremely solid so far this season. He has thrown for 3,794 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns. In addition, he has also only been sacked ten times so he has done a great job at making quick decisions in the pocket. However, he has also thrown ten interceptions so some of those quick decisions have been relatively poor in nature.

Defensively, Washington State has been terrible up to this point. Specifically, the Cougars are allowing 30.1 points per game which ranks 85th in the nation. In addition, the Cougars are allowing 447.6 yards per game which ranks 109th in the nation. Now, Washington State will be hoping for a better outing by its defense with the home crowd behind it on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

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This conference rivalry has been dominated by the Cougars lately as they have won each of the last three meetings so I will back them once again in this one. Both teams have underachieved a ton this season but Washington State still has a very good home-field advantage and I expect its pass-heavy offensive scheme to give Stanford some serious problems due to its below average secondary. I think this game will be close for awhile but Stanford does not have enough offensive firepower to keep up with Washington State for a full 60 minutes so I will take the home team.

Prediction: Washington State -10.5

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Due to the terrible defensive play from both teams, I have to take the over. Both Stanford and Washington State have been two of the worst defenses in the entire conference so I can see this game turning into a shootout as a result. Plus, Washington State loves to throw the ball which should lead to more big plays and more clock stoppages which should result in more points. Plus, last season's matchup finished with 79 points so I think this total is a bit too low. I expect a similar gameflow in this game as it goes over the posted total.

Prediction: Over 63.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Despite all of the struggles this season, Washington State has still won three of its four home games so it has defended home-field pretty well up to this point. As a result, I expect the Cougars to come out sharp offensively against Stanford's underwhelming defense as Gordon will pick apart this secondary for several touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. Plus, Stanford's offense has had issues with consistency this season so I can see its offense struggling early on in a hostile environment. As a result, give me the home team.

Prediction: Washington State 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.