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Gaffney (center) can only do so much for the Cardinal.
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 6 Prediction: vs. No. 15 Washington (L)
The Cardinal may have been last year’s feel-good story. However, this time around, the team is playing the role of the annoying relative, overstaying their welcome. In fact, if it weren’t for Louisville, Stanford would own the distinction as the one Top-10 team most undeserving of its spot.
Against the Huskies, the team will finally be kicked out on the curb.
Yes, the game is played at Stanford stadium. However, it is also against a Washington team that is very good on both sides of the ball.
In comparison, the Cardinal possess a defense that is full of holes. Most noticeably, the unit struggles to stop the pass and force turnovers. Offensively, Tyler Gaffney (377 YDS, 5 TD) may make the run game respectable, but Stanford still ranks No. 77 in passing, averaging just over 220 yards per game.
It all adds up to a recipe for disaster.
With what should be a convincing loss at home, it’ll be no surprise to see the Cardinal drop six spots and out of the Top 10.