Stanford Cardinal vs Washington Huskies College Football Picks For Week 5

Washington Huskies Players Jump For Joy

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:21 PM GMT

It's been a while since a matchup between Stanford and Washington was so high-profile. This should be a good one and probably will get heavy interesting on the betting windows. Our expert capper provides his insight and his college football pick.

Washington is 3-1 ATS the L4 against Stanford but seldom has this Pac-12 matchup every carried the kind of cache it does this year, and with the game somewhat isolated on the NCAAF Week 5 schedule on Friday night and the first Top ten matchup at Husky Stadium in The Emerald City since 1997. So expect this baby to get good TV ratings and heavy betting at the windows. With the loser here possibly out of the national title running, does that mean a quicker pace and more points possibly being scored? Let’s examine and provide a pick for our Sportsbook Review readership.

 

Odds Overview
Stanford vs Washington:  #7 Stanford (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) head to Husky Stadium in Seattle this Friday to face #9-ranked Washington Huskies (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) in a massive Pac-12 showdown. Offshore oddsmakers at Sportsbetting.ag—an Online Sportsbook which has earned an A grade here at Sportsbook Review and where new players get a 100% Free Play Sign-Up Bonus (up to $1,000)—have opened host Washington up as 3½-point favorites (Sportsbetting.ag) with the Total and Money Line not out yet. The opening number in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook 2016 Games of the Year also had the Huskies as 3½-point favorites for this Week 5 game, so ain’t much changed in perceptions.

 

Can’t-Miss Television Friday Night And Yes, the Underdog Could Win Here
Washington (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) is poised for a great season, but this game against Stanford (+3300 to win NCAA Championship, Bovada) was always going to be the first Spaghetti Western shootout and the Huskies (+2400 to win NCAA Championship, Heritage) need to use the Home-field Advantage here. In Week 4, Washington defeated a good Arizona team in OT in Tucson, 35-28 (WASH -17) as QB Jake Browning (13/19, 156 yards, TD) helped hold off the hosts. 

The Huskies head into Week 5 feeling good, but having a quick start here in The Evergreen State will be imperative. Stanford QB Ryan Burns may not be mobile or experienced enough for this step up in talent and the Site should be hell for him. Stanford (5-0 ATS L5 Friday) will look to stop the Washington Passing game (249.8 ypg) while the Huskies (5-1 ATS L6 on FieldTurf) will be intent on stopping the electric McCaffrey and the Cardinal Rush (204.7 ypg) and both Defenses could certainly rise to the occasion in Seattle with Stanford allowing just 12.0 ppg and Washington (+9 TO) only 14.5 ppg.

 

ATS Trends
The Cardinal have consistently staying near the 60% ATS mark for a decade, and Washington is pretty good themselves, going a respectable 52-41-1 ATS (55.9%) since 2009. The Huskies are 3-1 ATS the L4 vs. Stanford and the SuperBook opened the Huskies (11-6 ATS L17)—who had a 6-game 40+ ppg scoring streak snapped the Wildcats—as 3½-point chalks in its College Games of the Year. Stanford won (and covered) last season at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, 31-14 (STAN -14). The Cardinal are a profitable 69-38-1 ATS (64.5%) since 2008, a testament to Cardinal HC David Shaw (45-24-1 ATS).

NCAAF REGULAR SEASON PICKS RECORD: 5-3-0

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Washington 29 Stanford 24

Free College Football Pick: Washington -3 (-115) 
Best Line Offered: at TheGreek

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