College Football Week 5 Predictions: Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars
Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars
Saturday, 9/28/13, 10:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Stanford -10
Current Betting Line: Stanford -10
Opening Total: 50
Current Total: 48
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Stanford will end the month of September by traveling to Seattle for a neutral site game, as it comes off a 42-28 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils as 6.5-point home favorites last Saturday. The Cardinal have now opened up with a 3-0 record in each of the last three seasons, while they own the nation’s second-best overall winning streak at 11 games. The program has won the last five games in this series—averaging 40.6 points per game. Stanford is 8-1 SU and 5-3-1 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points, with the OVER going 5-4 in that situation.
The Cardinal are 15-2 during the month of September dating back to 2009, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 5. Stanford is 31-6 in Pac-12 Conference play over the last four-plus seasons, while they’ve compiled a dominating 24-1 record under head coach David Shaw when out-rushing an opponent, including a 10-0 mark in 2012. Junior quarterback Kevin Hogan is the only active FBS signal-caller to lead his team to eight straight wins in as many consecutive starts.
Washington State has won three consecutive games for the first time since 2006, as it comes off a 42-0 home victory over the Idaho Vandals last Saturday. The Cougars are 25-37-1 all-time against the Cardinal, with their last win coming in 2007, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines Saturday night. Since 2002, the program is 5-5 when playing at CenturyLink Field, which includes a 51-26 setback to the Oregon Ducks in 2012. Washington State is 8-2 ATS when playing teams with a winning record the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER cashing in six of those opportunities.
The Cougars are led offensively by the play of quarterback Connor Halliday, who has tallied three 300-yard games and two four-touchdown games through the first four weeks. Washington State enters the week second in the country in pass defense, while sitting behind just nine teams in terms of total defense.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cougars due to their 5-0 ATS record in their last five overall games.
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