Believe it or not, college football fans, but we are already five weeks into the season; time truly does fly when you’re having this much fun.
That’s why when the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal travel to Washington to play the Huskies Thursday night, fans must dedicate time to watching the game.
With the NFL on the same evening, you must do whatever necessary to watch all the action.
Whether it consists of dragging two TVs into the same room or getting the local bartender to make sure you can see both games at the same time, Week 5’s college football game will be too good to miss!
When: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: Washington (+7)
While Washington comes into this game at 2-1 on the season, its one loss came in a 41-3 beatdown by the No. 3 LSU Tigers. Stanford may not be LSU, but it is far better than the other two teams the Huskies have played. Take the Cardinal giving the seven points.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Colin Tanigawa, OL, Questionable
Danny Shelton, DT, Questionable
Erik Kohler, OL, Questionable
Jesse Callier, RB, Out for season
Ben Riva, OL, Out indefinitely
Hau'oli Jamora, DE, Out indefinitely
James Johnson, WR, Early October
Cooper Pelluer, LB, Out for season
Deontae Cooper, RB, Out for season
Nate Fellner, LB, Out indefinitely
Jamaal Kearse, LB, Out indefinitely
Geoff Meinken, FB, Mid October
Cole Underwood, T, Out for season
The Stanford Cardinal are coming into this game looking to continue their momentum from their huge win over USC in Week 4. They can’t underestimate a Huskies squad looking for the upset win.
Washington has three straight games against ranked teams on its schedule, and six of its first eight matchups in 2012 are or were currently ranked in the Top 25.
A huge win over Stanford would mark the first step in the right direction.
If Stanford can hold off Washington’s best efforts in its home stadium, it would have a chance to build serious momentum heading into its Week 7 matchup with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Stanford’s Player to Watch: Stepfan Taylor, RB
Despite the fact that the Washington Huskies defense is only allowing 22 points per game, senior Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor is ready to increase that average at least a few points with a huge performance.
After carrying the ball 27 times for 153 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted USC Trojans, Taylor is ready to impose his will on a Huskies front seven that isn’t nearly as talented as USC’s.
If the Cardinal commit to running the ball early, it will open up the play-action attack as the game progresses and the rout will be on. With that said, Taylor's ground attack is the key to a win in Washington.
Washington’s Player to Watch: Keith Price, QB
While Stanford’s defense isn’t on the same level as LSU’s, it's definitely the second-toughest defense the Huskies have faced in 2012. Junior quarterback Keith Price needs to play the best game of his starting career if Washington wants a chance to win.
After playing poorly in the team’s loss to the Bayou Bengals earlier in the season, Price bounced back with an excellent game against the mediocre Portland State Vikings.
The junior better bring that same level of play Thursday against Stanford, or Price’s Huskies won’t have a chance to steal the show on the national stage.
Prediction: Stanford 33, Washington 17
As good as Washington’s defense can be, the Cardinal are playing too strong right now to be stopped.
With the effective running of Stepfan Taylor, Stanford can open up the passing game and keep the Huskies on their heels.
Washington will have a better showing than it did against the No. 3 LSU Tigers, but the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal will hand them the same outcome; another tough loss for the Huskies.
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