The Washington State Cougars are hosting a game of consequence. Not just for themselves, but their opponent (The Stanford Cardinal) and the rest of the Pac-12 North. When WSU faces Stanford on Halloween (7:30 p.m., ESPN), the winner will control their own destiny for the division title.
Stanford is the favorite, coming in with a No. 8 ranking. The Cardinal have been steamrolling opponents since an opening loss to Northwestern. Stanford is likely the Pac-12's last hope for a College Football Playoff spot, and it needs to win out to accomplish that task. Washington State doesn't care about, not one bit.
The Cougs have won three straight conference games for the first time since 2003. They've done it with offense, scoring at least 45 points in each of the wins. Stanford will be WSU's biggest defensive test of the season. The good news for WSU is that Stanford's defensive front isn't as disruptive as it has been, and the secondary is vulnerable.
But WSU's defense faces a big challenge with Stanford's offense, its special teams will be tested.
Game time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: ESPN
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