Pac-12 NCAA Football Picks for Washington St. vs. Stanford

Ross Benjamin

Monday, October 6, 2014 1:09 PM GMT

Our red-hot NCAA Football betting expert Ross Benjamin provides us with a preview in the Friday game between Washington State & Stanford, concluded with a College Football free pick.

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PAC-12 Battle at Stanford Stadium
The Stanford Cardinal will host the Washington State Cougars on Friday night in Palo Alto, California. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, and the scheduled kickoff is set for 9:00 PM ET. According to NCAA football betting odds, Stanford is a 17.0 point favorite, and there was no early posted total. Stanford has won the last 6-game in the series.

 

Cougars Waste a Record Setting Night
Washington State endured one of their most gut wrenching losses in their program’s recent history with all things being considered. They were a 60-59 loser to the California Golden Bears this past Saturday and it was one of the most wildly entertaining college football games in the first 6-weeks of the season. The Cougars missed a chip shot 19-yard go ahead field goal in the closing seconds of the 4th quarter. Washington State quarterback Connor Halladay was absolutely magnificent in the loss. The senior completed 49 of his 70 pass attempts good for a NCAA record of 730-yards. He also threw 6-touchdown passes, and had no interceptions. Somehow the Cougars failed to win despite scoring 59-points, and amassing 812 yards of total offense. The bad news, they allowed California quarterback Jared Goff to throw for 527 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Cougars special teams also allowed the Golden Bears Trevor Davis to run back two kickoffs for touchdowns in a span of 2:59 during the 3rd quarter. The loss dropped the Cougars to 2-4 on the season.

 

Best Two Loss Team in the Country
I don’t think you would get much argument from anyone in the know, if you claimed Stanford to be the best 2-loss team in the country. Similar to their upcoming opponent, the Cardinals lost an absolute heart breaker at Notre Dame this past Saturday. The Fighting Irish were down to their last chance on a 4th and 11. Irish Quarterback Everett proceeded to toss a 23-yard touchdown pass, and it came with just 1:01 left to play. The Cardinal struggled to move the ball all day, and was able to gain just 205-yards of total offense. The loss made the Cardinal 3-2 on the season.

 

Two Polar Opposite Teams
This game will be a huge contrast in styles. Stanford is a very average offensive football team. However, they’re 2nd nationally in total defense, allowing just 232.4 yards per game, and are 2nd in scoring defense, giving up a paltry 8.6 points per contest. Contrarily the Cougars are 5th nationally in total offense gaining 579.1 yards per game and are 28th averaging 38.0 points per outing. The Cougars are less than impressive defensively, allowing an average of 35.2 points, and 438.2 yards per game.

 

Final Analysis
Stanford has gone 8-4 ATS in their last 12-games following a loss, and won all 12 of those games outright by an average of 20.8 points. The Cardinal have gone 39-4 in their last 43 home games, and have gone an outstanding 20-10 ATS in their last 30 conference games at Stanford Stadium. The Cougars have been much improved on the road under head coach Mike Leach, and have gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 conference away games, including a perfect 5-0 ATS when their an underdog of 21.0 or less, and they won 3 of those 5 outright. My small lean for this College Football pick here is with the road underdog.

Free College Football Pick: Washington State +17.0 over Stanford at YouWager

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