Stanford is 6-1 and has scored points at a scorching rate and don't miss Tony Gerhart at RB at all. Their sights this year are set at trying to get to a BCS Bowl which, if they go undefeated the rest of the way should be heading to the Rose Bowl on January 1st.
Standing in their way this week is Coach Sark and the Washington Huskies. Their 3-4 record doesn't say how explosive of a team this team can be as the Huskies three wins have came from Syracuse, Oregon St. and USC. Three teams I might add that all have winning seasons so far.
The UW-Stanford rivalry is not much of a rivalry. Stanford football has been bad for many years but now are getting their program back up to where every school wants to be. In 2006 Stanford only had one win that year and that win coming versus Washington at Husky Stadium with the final score being 20-3. In the end this loss knocked the Dawgs out of a bowl game. In 2008 the 0-3 Huskies were looking for their first win of the season. The Huskies started playing good football but when Jake Locker went down with his thumb injury, the game changed in the Cardinal favour and Washington's season went down the drain.
Who is the better QB Andrew Luck or Jake Locker? If the NFL draft is tomorrow I know who I am picking. No its no it won't be the guy in purple today. For the first time since the Nebraska game Jake Locker will not be the best QB today. Andrew Luck is a very smart QB who makes good choices of where he wants to go with the ball. His stats show it with 19 TD passes and five INT's.
However, my bigest key for Washington today is to limit Stanford's big gains when Stanford has the ball.If Washington can do this I believe that UW can improve to 4-4. Or a loss will set them back to 3-5. This is a massive game if Washington wants to make it to a bowl for the first time in 8 years.
When the 60 minuets have been played and the game is over my thinking is that Stanford will win this game. The game will be a high paced game with Stanford wining 36-31. Stanford is too strong offensively and Jake Locker isn't quite 100%.
The game is set for a 4pm kickoff and can be seen on Versus.