Coming off an emotional win over the Oregon Ducks that saw them rise in the national rankings, the Washington State Cougars head south to face the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday afternoon (4 pm, Pac-12 Network). The team that survives will control its own destiny in the Pac-12 North, as both sit at 3-1 in conference play with 4-1 Washington remaining on the schedule.
WSU rides a two-game winning streak in the series, including a 42-16 win in its last trip to Stanford Stadium. That game saw the Cougs knock off a top-15 Cardinal team, but this time around it is the Cougs with the target on their back. WSU sits at No. 14 in the AP poll, the highest ranked team in the Pac-12, and the only school with just one loss overall.
When WSU has the ball, the red zone will be key. The Cougs are great at scoring once they get close to the goal line while Stanford is great at preventing scores. In the Cougs’ last loss to Stanford in 2015, settling for field goals prevented WSU from running away with the game early.
On the other side, the name of the game for Stanford will be big plays in the passing game. Stanford thrives on chunk yardage down the field. With WSU’s blitz happy defense, and its struggling corners, the Cardinal could have some opportunity at the very least to draw defensive pass interference to move the ball.
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