Stanford vs. Washington: Why Pac-12 Battle Will Be Closer Than You Think

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Stanford vs. Washington: Why Pac-12 Battle Will Be Closer Than You Think
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While the rest of the college football world is focused on games such as Michigan State-Ohio State and Wisconsin-Nebraska, we have been rewarded with a solid matchup between Stanford and Washington on Thursday night.

The Cardinal are coming off a huge upset victory over USC, while Washington is still trying to get on its feet after an average 2-1 start to the season. With Stanford quickly jumping back into the Top 10 and still looking like a competitive football team, many think this will be an easy victory for head coach David Shaw and company. After all, the school has won six of the last seven meetings against the Huskies.

But, while these two teams may be heading into different directions, here are five reasons why Washington is not a team to sleep on and will give this Stanford club a run for its money.

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