Fans across the country might not have realized it yet, but the Pac-12 has been playing some pretty good football.
Oregon, Oregon State and USC are all in the Top 10, while Stanford is currently No. 17 in the BCS. The Cardinal got back on track last week with a win at California.
Meanwhile, Washington State is reeling after four-straight losses to fall to 2-5 on the year, including 0-4 in the Pac-12.
Although it will take a lot for the Cougars to win this game, anything can happen in college football.
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 6:15 p.m. ET
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: XFINITY TV
Line: Stanford (-21.5) via Vegas Insider
Injury Report (via USA Today)
RB Rickey Galvin (Arm) Questionable
OL Rico Forbes (Knee) Questionable
WR Ty Montgomery (Knee) Questionable
FB Geoff Meinken (Knee) Out
What's at Stake?
Two losses most likely ruined Stanford's hope for an at-large BCS bid, but the team is very much alive in the Pac-12.
Oregon and Oregon State are still undefeated and tied atop the Pac-12 North. However, Stanford still controls its own destiny with those two left on the schedule. The Cardinal will reach the Rose Bowl if it wins out.
Washington State needs to win four of its last five just to be bowl eligible.
What They're Saying
Stanford completely shut down California on the ground last week, holding the Bears to three total yards rushing on 28 carries.
When star linebacker Chase Thomas was asked if he expected this type of performance, he responded (via Tom FitzGerald of SFGate): "Yes, we did. We don't shy away from anyone. We know if we play our game, we're going to stop the run."
This could be scary for a Washington State team that has averaged only two yards per carry this year.
Washington State Player to Watch: Jeff Tuel
Jeff Tuel came in against California after Connor Halliday was largely ineffective and had an impressive performance. The senior ended the game with 320 passing yards and two touchdowns while keeping his team in the game.
Things will get tougher against Stanford and its solid defense.
Without the support of a run game, Tuel will have to be the catalyst of this offense if it has any chance of succeeding.
Stanford Player to Watch: Stepfan Taylor
Stepfan Taylor is not only the best player on this offense, he is one of the best running backs in the country.
He is currently No. 15 in the FBS with 846 rushing yards and has been a workhorse all season long.
Washington State allowed 318 rushing yards to California in its most recent game, so it will have a hard time containing the senior running back.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington State 6
Stanford has too much talent on both sides of the football to be limited by the struggling Washington State. Taylor should go off for over 100 rushing yards, while the Cougars will have a hard time even getting on the scoreboard.
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