NCAA Game of the Week: Stanford vs Washington

Stanford will look to continue their winning ways as they face the Huskies of Washington. The Cardinals had easily their best win of the year last week as they pummeled Washington State 55-17

Washington also remained undefeated as they also cruised to a 31-13 victory over Arizona. This is probably the first stage of games that the winner will have to go through on their way to a PAC-12 championship. the other stage involves the match-up with Oregon.

Last year when these two teams faced Washington came out on top winning 17-13, and something that Stanford will like to feast revenge on. Kevin Hogan is the quarterback now, and the players and coaches feel this will make all the difference as the fifth ranked Cardinals (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) host the 15th ranked Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) in the Saturday night showdown.

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Stanford coach David Shaw said of Hogan “Kevin’s mobility changes things…He allows us to be a much more diverse offense.” Hogan is 9-0 as a starter since taking over for Josh Nunes after the loss against Washington, and has completed 63% of his passes for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is also third among rushers with 103 yards.

The goal for Stanford is to go deep to their wide outs, who are continuously creating separation. Hogan threw for 286 yards against Washington State last week with three touchdowns he found Devon Cajuste for two scores of 57 and 33 yards and Michael Rector for the other on a 45 yard pass. Ty Montgomery leads the team with 20 receptions for 327 yards and four touchdowns.

While Stanford is trying to open 5-0 for the third time in three years, Washington is trying to open 5-0 for the first time since 1992. The Huskies defeated undefeated Arizona last week and going to try to do the same against the undefeated Cardinal.

The Huskies averaged 325 yards in the air behind quarterback Price, but last week had to rely on the run game due to storms in the Washington area. Bishop Sankey had 40 carries for 161 yards and moved back in the league lead with averaging 152 yards per game. His 40 carries set a school record. This rushing attack proved that the Huskies are not just an aerial team, but also a gritty power team as well.

Head coach Steve Sarksian believes its the quiet confidence that leads Washington and their winning ways. He stated that “It’s not arrogance, It’s not that way at all…I think our guys have a real sense of belief in one another.”

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