In a game between two uninspiring PAC-12 teams, one side must come away victorious when Washington travels to Stanford in a conference matchup Saturday night.
Washington’s descent under Jimmy Lake has been steep in his second year at the helm, as the Huskies sit at 3-4 overall. Will they be able to regain momentum this Saturday, or will Stanford add another PAC-12 win to its resume?
Find the answer to that question and more in our picks and predictions for the Washington Huskies vs. the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, October 30.
Washington vs Stanford odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
This line opened -2.5 and has remained steady across most books. That’s where it currently stands at the time of this writing.
Washington vs Stanford picks
Picks made on 10/28/2021 at 9:05 p.m. ET.
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Washington vs Stanford game info
• Location: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
• Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
• Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
• TV: FS1
Washington vs Stanford betting preview
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Washington: Cameron Davis RB (Questionable), Richard Newton RB (Out), Jaxson Kirkland OL (Questionable), Alex Cook DB (Questionable), Edefuan Olofoshio LB (Out), Sam Taimani (Questionable)
Stanford: E.J. Smith RB (Questionable), John Humphreys WR (Questionable), Michael Wilson WR (Out), Tucker Fisk TE (Questionable), Noah Williams S (Questionable), Ethan Bonner CB (Questionable)
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Betting trend to know
The Huskies are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog. Find more NCAA betting trends for Washington vs. Stanford.
Washington vs Stanford predictions
Stanford -2.5 (-110)
Something has gone wrong with the Huskies in 2021. Head coach Jimmy Lake has been the subject of rumor mill discussions after an underwhelming start to the season. The rumors certainly weren’t quelled after a narrow 21-16 win over a terrible Arizona team (0-7) a week ago in which the Huskies trailed 13-0 at the half.
Washington has a good secondary. That’s about the only positive sign to point to this season, as it’s been underwhelming everywhere else. The Huskies can’t run the ball or defend the rush, a concerning sign considering that Jimmy Lake stated in his press conferences after being hired that he wants to win at the line of scrimmage in the PAC-12.
Stanford isn’t a perfect football team, but the Cardinal boast two great wins on their resume over Oregon and Oregon State — both among the top of the conference. The rush defense has been the biggest weakness, but is Washington poised to take advantage after managing only 2.3 yards per carry against a woeful Arizona rush defense?
Stanford will be motivated to play in front of its home crowd for the first time in nearly a month. It’s possible that the Cardinal will go on a little run to end the season with four of their final five games coming at Stanford Stadium.
Meanwhile, there’s little reason to believe in a second-half resurgence in Washington, with no positive signs emerging outside of the secondary. The Huskies are only 1-6 ATS on the season.
Under 47.5 (-106)
Both teams like to slow the game down to a crawl, meaning that we’ll have a below-average pace in this contest. Washington slows the game down to rely on the defense, while Stanford slows the game down because that’s how David Shaw operates.
Both offenses have struggled to move the ball, as Washington ranks 100th with only 353.3 total yards per game and Stanford ranks 103rd with only 351.7 yards per game. Two struggling offenses that aren’t looking to push the pace? Sign me up for the Under every time.
Washington has been an Under team all season long, going 1-6 to the Under in 7 games. Stanford has history slowing the game down when playing low-level of competition, going 38-13-1 to the Under in its last 42 games against a team with a losing record.
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