Washington State Football: What you need to know for Stanford 10/27

James Williams, Gardner Minshew, Kyle Sweet, Washington State Cougars. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
James Williams, Gardner Minshew, Kyle Sweet, Washington State Cougars. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Washington State Football continues this week as the Cougars head to Palo Alto for a PAC-12 game against Stanford. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know.

Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy Washington State Football this week when the Cougars visit the Stanford Cardinal. Whether you are going to the stadium to see the game live, or staying at home and watching on television, we have you covered.

Who: #14 Washington State University Cougars (6-1, 3-1) at Stanford Cardinal (5-2, 3-1)

Where: Stanford Stadium – Stanford, California.

When: 4:00 p.m. PDT

TV: PAC-12 Network

Line: Washington State +3. Over/Under 53.5 (Odds Shark)

Interesting Trends: The Cougars have won five in a row against the spread. Additionally, WSU has gone over in five straight road games.

Key Injuries: Washington State, Out – DL Nnamdi Oguayo (undisclosed). Questionable – DB Sean Harper Jr. (undisclosed). Stanford, Out – LB Joey Alfieri (undisclosed). Questionable – RB Bryce Love (ankle), G Nate Herbig (undisclosed). Probable – QB K.J. Costello (hand).

Last Week


Last Thursday, the Cardinal won 20-17 at Arizona State. It wasn’t Stanford’s best effort of the season, but in the PAC-12 it’s never easy to win on the road. ASU didn’t score a touchdown until halfway through the fourth quarter. Stanford had plus three turnovers and that proved to be the difference.

QB K.J. Costello – 22/29, 231 yards, 1 TD.

RB Cameron Scarlett – 9 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD.

WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside – 7 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD.

LB Casey Toohill – 3 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss.

Washington State

Washington State had a huge win last week, 34-20 over Oregon. The Cougars jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead before closing out a 34-20 win. They put up 400 yards of total offense while limiting Ducks star tailback CJ Verdell to just 55 yards.

QB Gardner Minshew II – 39/51, 323 yards, 4 TDs, 2 Int.

RB James Williams – 9 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD. 7 receptions, 42 yards.

RB Max Borghi – 10 carries, 40 yards, 7 receptions, 51 yards, 1 TD.

WR Dezmon Patmon – 6 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD.

S Jalen Thompson, 7 tackles, 3 passes defended.

This Week

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Just like last week, this is an elimination game for both teams. The winner controls their own destiny, keep winning and they are into the PAC-12 Championship Game. Stanford is a very dangerous team at home, taking 11 of their last 12 games at “The Farm.”

Washington State is on an emotional high after their big home win over Oregon. Head coach Mike Leach has the Cougs playing championship football. His calmness the past two weeks has settled the team down and kept them focused.

Key for WSU is limiting the damage done by Stanford standout receiver Arcega-Whiteside and the other tall receivers. Otherwise look for the Cougars defense to stifle their opponent’s run game.

One other important aspect of this game is that Washington State is the PAC-12 Conference’s best (and last) hope to get a team back into the College Football Playoffs. After the replay debacle in the WSU-USC game, PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has to be praying the incident doesn’t come back to bite him in the butt again. The conference needs Washington State to win out.

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