Plenty is on the line for both Stanford and Washington State when the two Top-25 teams clash in Pullman this weekend.
Once again, the No. 18 Cardinal (6-2, 5-1 Pac-12) have claimed the driver's seat in the Pac-12 North. Stanford has won five straight after suffering back-to-back losses against USC and San Diego State. Wins in the next two weeks over the Cougars and Washington would clinch yet another divisional crown for the Cardinal.
Washington State, on the other hand, has no room for error at this point. A loss to Stanford would virtually eliminate the No. 25 Cougars (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) from the divisional title race ahead of remaining games against Utah and their Apple Cup rival Washington.
Washington State has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde team on both sides of the ball over the last few games. The Cougars usually don't suffer two down games in a row, especially when returning to Pullman after a loss. Stanford is a bit of wild card. If Bryce Love is healthy enough to play, he is a game-changer who can will the Cardinal to victory almost by himself. His questionable status means that Stanford could have its hands full on the road against a Cougars team looking to stay alive in the Pac-12 North title chase.
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
odds: Washington State – 2.5