Stanford vs. Washington St Spread Pick
The Washington State Cougars are coming off an impressive beating of the Oregon Ducks last Saturday night in Pullman but can they avoid suffering their second loss of the season when they travel to Stanford at 7:00 p.m. ET?
7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 27, 2018
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cardinal are 3-point favorites to beat the Cougars. The total, meanwhile, sits at 53.5 points. As of this writing, 54% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Cardinal.
Washington State Cougars
Washington State senior QB Gardner Minshew completed 39-of-51 passes for 323 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-20 win over Oregon. The day in Pullman began in raucous fashion with College Gameday and it ended with Minshew playing up to the moment. Outside of a somewhat wobbly third quarter, he and his Cougar teammates were locked in throughout. He capped the game off with a 22-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Dezmon Patmon with just under four minutes remaining to put Wazzu up by 14 points, essentially icing any chance of a comeback barring strange happening. Minshew has now thrown at least three touchdown passes in every game this season save for one. The Cougars will look to improve to 7-1 on the campaign when they play Stanford next weekend.
Stanford senior RB Bryce Love (ankle) was taken to the medical tent in the second half of Thursday's game against Arizona State. Love (5'10/202) has once again been dealing with ankle injury for much of the campaign, with the issue most recently flaring up after he had his leg rolled up in a loss to Notre Dame several weeks back. He subsequently sat out against Utah, then rested up on bye before starting Thursday's contest. Now injured again. Look for Cameron Scarlett and Trevor Speights to see the bulk of the work for the remainder of the game unless Love manages to return late.
The Cougars are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games overall and 4-0 against the number in their last four conference games.
The Cardinal are 4-1 against the spread in their last five conference games and 7-3 against the number in their last 10 games overall.
Not that Stanford is some sort of letdown but I don’t see how Washington State gets back up to the same level it was at a week ago in Pullman. The Cougars are coming off the biggest wins in school history while the Cardinal is coming back home after a close win versus Arizona State. While the Cougs beat Utah and Oregon at home, they have yet to be tested on the road. Granted, they should have beaten USC in Southern Cal earlier in this season but again, I think we have the recipe for a crash and burn for Wazzu on Saturday night.
College Football Prediction: Stanford Cardinal -3