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 .500The 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 WaysMike 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.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Cardinal are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Cardinal are 0-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
- Cougars are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 home games.