Stanford at No. 22 Washington Betting Preview

Saturday, December 5, 2020, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington, 4 p.m. ET

Cardinal at Huskies Betting Preview: Cardinal (+11.5), Huskies (-11.5)

Stanford Cardinal Betting Preview

Stanford (1-2, 1-2 Pac-12) will spend the next two weeks in the Pacific Northwest because of COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County in California following a win in the Big Game against Bay Area rival California 24-23 last week.

Austin Jones ran for a pair of touchdowns, Davis Mills threw for 205 yards and a score, and Thomas Booker blocked the potential tying extra point with 58 seconds remaining to take back The Axe.

“We still didn’t play our best, but we needed to win a close game,” said Cardinal coach David Shaw, whose team’s game next weekend against Oregon State has already been moved to Corvallis, Ore. “We want to be a great football team, and we’re getting closer to good.”

Stanford’s win over Cal followed a 35-14 loss to Oregon in the opener and a 35-32 loss to Colorado.

The Cardinal blocked two kicks in the win over Cal, one a PAT, the other a field goal attempt, to preserve the win.

Austin Jones scored on a pair of short touchdowns and David Mills passed for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal.

The defense did allow the Bears to rush for 241 yards. For the season, the Cardinal are giving up a league-high 229 yards a game on the ground.

No. 22 Washington Huskies Betting Preview

Washington coach Jimmy Lake was asked if there’s any chance his undefeated and No. 11 Huskies (3-0, 3-0 Pac-12)  might be looking past Stanford to the following week’s game against Oregon in a matchup of Pac-12 North Division leaders.

“The North, for the last six years, has been Stanford, Washington, Stanford, Washington for most of those years,” Lake said. “I believe it’s four or five of the last six years. I’m sorry, but this is Stanford we’re talking about here. This is a powerhouse in the North Division.

“This is a huge game. This is a storied program that we have a lot of respect for, a big-time opponent. That thought is not going into one person in this whole building’s head. … This is a game that is a fistfight as well every single year, because of their style of play and our style of play. Stanford and Washington have run the North for years.”

The Huskies, who had their Apple Cup rivalry against Washington State canceled because of the Cougars’ coronavirus concerns, got an unscheduled matchup against Utah last week.

The Utes took a 21-point halftime lead before the Huskies clawed back for a 24-21 victory on Dylan Morris’ 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cade Otton with 36 seconds left. It was only the fifth time in program history the Huskies rallied from a deficit of 21 or more points to win, and it was the first since 1989.

“That was probably the first comeback I’ve ever been a part of,” said Huskies linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui, who had three sacks. “I just had to take in the moment.”

Morris, a first-year starter, was 23 of 38 for 272 yards and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions. He was 6 of 9 for 71 yards on the final drive, including a play on which the snap was botched but Morris recovered to complete a pass to Otton.

“That’s the type of calm that he has through adverse situations,” Lake said

Cardinal at Huskies Betting Pick for December 5, 2020

The longtime series is tied 43-43-4 though Stanford hasn’t won at Seattle since a 20-13 decision in 2014. The Cardinal won last year’s meeting at Palo Alto, California, 23-13 as Davis Mills passed for 293 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal.

Cardinal at Huskies Betting Pick:

Huskies 28, Cardinal 17

Cardinal at Huskies Best Bet for December 5, 2020

The Huskies have topped the 40-point mark only once in their first three outings (44-27 against Arizona) and have failed to reach 30 points in the other two wins. The Cardinal posted a season-high in a 35-32 loss to Colorado and got by California 24-23 last week.

Cardinal at Huskies Best Bet: UNDER 51

–Field Level Media