It's rare when a ranked team from a Big 5 power conference plays on a Friday night. But we have one that may be a bit more compelling than we would have thought at the beginning of the season.
Washington State (2 - 4) 30 @ (25) Stanford 26 (3 - 2):
As good as Stanford's defense is, they'll be tested by the Cougars. The Cardinal are coming off a very tough loss at Notre Dame, while Washington State scored 59 points in regulation last week and still lost by a point to Cal, a team that is really flying under the radar. Just wait until the big boys in the Pac-12 have to take on the Golden Bears. How Stanford is still ranked 25th is ludicrous. Reputation is one thing, but the pollsters need to focus on the games. In three games against quality opponents, (nothing against Army, but they haven't really been competitive recently) Stanford has been able to produce just 44 points. Really? In an era where teams routinely put up 30 or more points, Stanford's lack of production is startling. Washington State's defense is porous at times, but I just don't think the Cardinal can keep up with the Cougars. I look for Mike Leach's squad to put a big number up on Stanford tonight. And I don't think the Cardinal can keep up.