UW vs Stanford
Just like the Washington Husky players, last year’s loss to Stanford is probably still resonating in some people’s minds. A 41-0 nothing loss at home is nothing short of awful. With the Huskies improvements this season, though, they are going to try and remove last year’s bad memory for good.
Huskies QB Keith Price is going to try and show the world that Andrew Luck is human after all. Price continued his hot streak last week vs Colorado and will look to keep rolling this week at Stanford. His numbers are nearly identical to Luck’s and he has done more with that has than most quarterbacks in all of college football.
Stanford’s defense will give Price an opportunity with a catch that force him to act quick. The Stanford defense so far this season is ranked #14 in the nation, but giving up 235 yards passing per game. The catch? They have sacked opponents quarterbacks 23 times this season, good for #4 in the country.
No matter how well the line plays, Price will be under heavy fire the whole game and will need to release the ball quickly.
Chris Polk is no slouch, either. He has over 100 rushing yards in 5 out of the 6 games so far this season and is approaching the 1,000 yard mark. He is quickly climbing the Husky record books and about to take over a couple of Napoleon Kaufman’s records.
He is getting more looks in the passing game as well, making him even more of a threat.
He needs to be stellar in order to help the team out, as Stanford’s defense is only allowing opponent running backs 59 yards rushing per game.
Needless to say, the Husky defense will have their hands full. Stanford’s offense puts up an average of 485 yards per game with 304 coming through the air and 181 coming on the ground.
The Huskies pass defense has been pretty shaky this season and will need to step up huge in this game.
If there was ever a time for them to make their stand, it is this game. The Husky defense has managed to stop the run for the most part, but they need to correct their mistakes on pass coverage or Andrew Luck will eat them alive. Point blank.
This is a big matchup for both teams. The Huskies finally cracked the top 25 in the nation at number 25 and they are coming into Palo Alto, CA to play the #7 team in the country.
A win here would make be one of the biggest upsets of the year (Stanford is favored by 20 points) and the biggest statement they could possibly make to the nation.
The Huskies are here to play.