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How and what to watch for Stanford vs. #23 Washington

Coming off respective victories last Saturday, both the Huskies and Cardinal will look to keep things rolling in Seattle.

Washington Huskies linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui shows his excitement before a PAC12 football game between the Utah Utes and the Washington Huskies on November 28, 2020, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After erasing a large halftime deficit to knock off Utah last week, the Washington Huskies return to Seattle on Saturday to play host to a Stanford Cardinal team that is riding high from a rivalry victory of their own.

Two Dylan Morris interceptions and a missed field goal was the story of the Huskies’ disastrous first half against the Utes last Saturday as they entered the half trailing 21-0. UW and their 12th ranked defense per SP+ flipped the game on its ear in the second half, forcing three turnovers and shutting out the Utah defense in the second half. That gave Morris and the Washington offense enough cover to power back for a 24-21 win.

Meanwhile in the Bay Area, Stanford emerged victorious over arch-rival Cal 24-23 to take back the Axe, and special teams played a huge role in securing the Cardinal their first victory of the season.

A muffed punt by Cal led to a Stanford touchdown drive in the second quarter and a blocked field goal prevented the Bears from taking the lead right before the half. After scoring a touchdown to pull to within one with less than a minute left, Cal’s hopes of sending the game to overtime were dashed when Thomas Booker blocked the ensuing PAT.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Stanford vs. Washington on Saturday, December 5th at 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Stanford vs. Washington (-12)
Point Total: 49
Money line: Stanford (+350) vs. Washington (-480)

  • Stanford covered as a 12 point underdog in last year’s matchup between the two schools. The UNDER of 51.5 hit in a 23-13 Stanford victory.
  • Stanford is 0-3 against the spread this season. Washington is 1-2 against the spread.
  • Stanford is 7-8 against the spread as a road underdog under David Shaw (since 2011). The OVER has hit in nine of those games.

Betting splits

Stanford: (48% of handle, 42% percent of bets)
Washington: (52% of handle, 58% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The Stanford defense has been on the heels so far in 2020, falling behind as a bottom 10 team in all defensive success rate metrics.

With that in mind, expect both teams to try to push the pace here. 50 should be a reasonable get.

Pick: Over 49

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