Stanford gets the other team from “The Evergreen State” this week, the Washington Huskies. Head Coach Steve Sarkisian is in second year of his rebuilding project. The Huskies have had a roller-coaster season thus far. The highs: wins over USC and Oregon State. The downs: losses to Nebraska and Arizona by a combined sixty-five points. Which team will the Cardinal face this weekend? No one knows for sure.
What’s for sure is that Stanford is coming off a lackluster performance against Washington State. It appears as though Stanford was a little rusty coming of the bye week. The offense let opportunities for more points slip through their fingers and the defense is still a question.
Whether or not this Washington team can expose the holes in the Stanford defense is the looming question. I doubt that Washington will be able to stop the Stanford offense, as I expect Andrew Luck and the rest of the offensive unit to have a better performance.
UDUB is led by senior quarterback, Jake Locker. Locker decided to stay one more year in school, foregoing the opportunity to be the possible #1 pick of the 2010 NFL (that honor went to Sam Bradford), and has struggled at times in his second year running Sarkisian’s offense.
I have seen Washington only once this year, and they started out quickly versus Oregon State, only to give up their 21 point lead and win the game eventually in overtime.
I think this is going to be tight game, but in the end I think the difference is the coach, and I’d put my money on coach Harbaugh.
Prediction: Stanford 31 Washington 20
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