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Washington Huskies at Stanford Cardinal: Rule of Tree Staff Predictions

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The Rule of Tree staff shares their predictions for Washington at Stanford

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Matt Vassar: Stanford 31, Washington 21. Facing the best defense in the Pac-12 and one of the best defenses in the entire country, Stanford won't be able to put up the same 56 points that it put up against UCLA last week. Thankfully, Washington's offense is nothing to phone home about, though, so Stanford should have the upper-hand in this game. While McCaffrey may have trouble against this Washington defense in putting up the same rushing numbers he had in recent games, I expect Kevin Hogan and the passing game to develop nicely, and just as Washington struggled against Cal's passing game, I expect the same to happen with Stanford's passing game and for Stanford to win the game by two scores.

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NerdNation23: First off, I'm missing my first home game in almost a decade. Damn friends getting married. Anyways I think Stanford 35 Washington 10. Stanford can't score 50 on everyone, especially one of the better defenses in the conference but the defense will tire out as Washington has 8 Three and Outs. If Browning can't play, it is possible Washington leaves Palo Alto with 0. This game is all about a Stanford defense sending a message.

Tony Fernandes: Stanford 42, Washington 17. The Washington Huskies have a solid defense; but are highly susceptible to the power run game. The Huskies are very young, and will be in over their head by the 3rd quarter. Stanford QB Kevin Hogan will take advantage of the TE match ups, and we'll see more yards in the air this week. The tandem of Garnett and Murphy will be too much for the Huskies DLine, so look for another big day on the ground.

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Ben Leonard: Stanford 45, Washington 14. Normally, losing at home against Oregon isn't all that embarrassing, but this year it is. Yes Washington, I'm looking at you. The recently-humiliated Huskies will bring the Pac-12's second-best rush defense in terms of YPC (3.5), which will slow down Christian McCaffrey a little more than the swiss cheese defenses that he's faced recently, but not enough to keep it close. Despite a top-notch defense, the Huskies look a lot like the 2014 version of Stanford — their offense is dead-last in the conference. Look for Washington to take an early lead, David Shaw to make some quick adjustments after a stalled first drive, and McCaffrey's Stanford team to lock down the Huskies futile offense and eventually roll to a big win over the Huskies.

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Sean Levy: Last week Washington held a good rushing team in Oregon to only 180 yards. This Washington D is something special, being the top one in the Pac-12. I think Stanford will have a hard time running the ball against the Huskies so the offense needs to feed Hooper and McCaffrey early and often. This won't be an easy W because of this defense, but the Huskies offense can't score. My prediction is 28-17 Stanford.

Nick Dempsey: Stanford starts a little slow and or sloppy as the Washing defense comes out stronger than expected. The Washington defense is talented but The Stanford rushing attack will be too much for the Huskies to handle for all sixty minutes so expect the Cardinal to pull away late. Stanford wins this one 41-20.

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